GMGI Hosts Second Annual Education and Workforce Development Conference

For the second year in a row, November brought thought leaders from the fields of education and industry to Gloucester for GMGI’s Education & Workforce Development Conference. This year’s conference had close to 100 attendees from the following organizations: Northeastern University, LabCentral Ignite, Roxbury Community College, Cape Ann YMCA, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Life Science Cares Boston, Just-A-Start and MassBioEd Foundation, among others.

Attendees engaged in panel discussions and working groups, exploring topics that are reshaping the biotech sector: the rapid growth of biotech employment expected in the next 10 years; how to reimagine and diversify the pathways to the life sciences and biotech fields; and solutions for engaging industry in training and development.

John Balchunas, Workforce Director of NIIMBL (The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals), delivered the keynote address, speaking about meeting the talent and workforce development need of the national biopharma manufacturing ecosystem. He remarked on the imperative to reach diverse populations and to increase the value of non-traditional pathways like certifications, micro-credentialing, and badges.

Graduates from innovative training programs, including our Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, participated in an alumni discussion, talking about their journeys into the life sciences. They shared valuable perspectives on what brought them to their training programs, what skills helped them achieve success, and the industry positions they hold today.

We are grateful for the Cummings Foundation’s generous event sponsorship.

Click here to see images from the conference, as well as a full list of attending organizations.

Photo credit: Francios Studios