The Application of NAM Endorsed Credentials in the Biotechnology Workforce Training Space

Presenter:  Russ H. Read, National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce

Russ H. Read will provide an overview of The Manufacturing Institute’s agreement with the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce and its implications for the biotechnology workforce. The National Association of Manufacturer’s Manufacturing Institute and the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce have teamed up to study the application of NAM industry endorsed credentials in the biotechnology workforce space. For more information on the NCBW- see www.biotechworkforce.org

Russ H. Read has worked in the bioscience industry for over thirty five years. Formerly he was an executive with the Burroughs Wellcome and Glaxo Wellcome companies. He was heavily involved with the development of antivirals like AZT and 3TC which are mainstay treatments for HIV illness. Russ has a special interest in the bioscience workforce. He was CEO of the Kucera Pharmaceutical Company- a start up biopharmaceutical company based in Winston- Salem. He has recently led a national biotechnology workforce effort for six years called the National Center for the Biotechnology Workforce (NCBW). The NCBW is based in Winston-Salem and was originally a large US DOL grant but is now a part of NC BioNetwork. The NCBW focuses on achieving best practices for bioscience workforce training with its national partners such as the US DOL and the NSF. Its most recent partner is The Manufacturing Institute based in Washington, D.C. Russ is a trained biologist, educator and administrator. He taught biology and chemistry to inner city high school youth for five years while he resided in Montreal Quebec.

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Forsyth Technical Community College

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