I am pleased to let you know that representatives from the Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative, The Jackson Laboratory, and Southern Connecticut State University have collaborated on the creation of an industry needs assessment that will help inform ways to strengthen bioscience educational and career pipelines in Connecticut.

The survey is intended to solicit feedback from regional bioscience companies to get an accurate depiction of the state of our industry, including: future growth areas, essential skills required for entry level positions, educational support needed, perceived deficiencies, and more.

I am encouraging each of you to identify personnel from within your company, including representatives from business development, human resources, production, regulatory affairs, research and development, and sales and marketing teams, to participate. Ideally, we would like multiple representatives within each unit to participate if possible.

The survey can be found here: Bioscience Industry Needs Assessment, and should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.  Please encourage your company representatives to finish the survey no later than Friday, December 11 to ensure that your feedback is included in the final analysis. This will provide a wealth of actionable data and the final document will be shared with all active participants for our own collective knowledge.  Also, as a nice holiday time treat, participants who complete the entire survey will be entered in drawing for one of several gift certificates.

As a bit of context, I would like to highlight two key initiatives that helped to make this survey possible and will provide direct support to all of our industry partners. First, the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, through the Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative, has recently formed the Genomics Workforce Consortium (GWC).

The mission of the GWC is to educate, train, and develop Connecticut’s workforce for careers in genomics and biotechnology through collaborations and strategic partnerships between the Connecticut State College and University System (CSCU), business leaders in the state’s bioscience sector, and The Jackson Laboratory.

Similarly, the Bioscience Academic & Career Pathway (Bio-Path) was developed through a collaborative partnership between Southern and the City of New Haven to create and strengthen educational pathways for students planning a career in the exciting field of bioscience.

With your input, the Bio-Path initiative will help sustain Connecticut as a leader in bioscience by delivering specialized education, applied research, professional development training, and promotional events in order to generate a pipeline of highly skilled and well educated employees. Consequently, the GWC and Bio-Path have collectively joined forces to draft this survey and will manage the collection and distribution of results for the benefit of the industry at large.

Thank you in advance for your support.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Susan Froshauer, PhD
President and CEO
Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc.