New Coalition Brings Life Science Education, Workforce Training and Entrepreneurship to the National Stage

2012 BIO International Convention

BOSTON--()--Forty-one state bioscience organizations announce today the formation of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) to ensure America’s leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs through a nationally coordinated effort. The announcement came during the 2012 BIO International Convention, the industry’s global event for biotechnology that is hosted by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

“CSBI is leveraging resources across the United States and speaking with a united voice for the biotech industry on life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship,” said CSBI acting co-chair, Lance Hartford, executive director MassBioEd. “We focus on programs that the life science industry is uniquely positioned to deliver and can be replicated across many states and scaled-up nationally.”

“To continue innovation we need to attract excited, bright young people to biotechnology, as well as train American workers for life science careers and support biotech entrepreneurs,” said Angela Kreps, KansasBio CEO and a founding CSBI member. “By bringing our individual state-level programs into CSBI, we are building a stronger, collective reach - on behalf of and to benefit the life science industry - to students, teachers, workers and entrepreneurs.”

Currently, CSBI is identifying leading state programs for national consideration. These programs include teacher-training initiatives such as iBIO Institute’s TalentSparks!; workforce competitiveness programs including Oregon Bioscience Association’s BioPro and BIOCOM Institute’s BioCollaborative; and BayBio Institute’s Expert Network resource for entrepreneurs. CSBI is also designing a web-based clearinghouse of all current state-level programs focused on life science education, workforce training and entrepreneurship.

Working together since December 2011, CSBI serves as an umbrella for standard practice sharing joint fundraising and national initiatives for life science (STEM) education (student education, career exploration and teacher professional development); workforce development (workforce training, incumbent worker professional development, dislocated worker training); and entrepreneurship. CSBI provides the opportunity for state bioscience organizations to share knowledge with the goal of improving bioscience education and innovation, while maximizing industry support. With its focus in these areas, the CSBI complements the life science policy work of the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), formed by BIO in 2002.

CSBI founding organizations include BayBio Institute, BIOCOM Institute, the Biotechnology Institute, iBIO Institute, KansasBio, MassBioEd, MdBio Foundation and the Oregon Bioscience Association. Forty-one state bioscience organizations are CSBI members (see below list) with nine additional groups expected to join. CSBI is co-chaired by BayBio Institute executive director Lori Lindburg and MassBioEd executive director Lance Hartford. The Biotechnology Institute serves as CSBI’s administrative organization. By partnering, CSBI members bring unprecedented access to programs, facilitate national communication, and connect an extensive network of industry professionals. CSBI is supported with funding provided by Human Genome Sciences.

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Members of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI)

Arizona BioIndustry Association
BayBio Institute
Bio Nebraska Life Sciences Association
BioNJ
BioOhio
BIOCOM Institute
BioFlorida Institute
BioForward
Bioscience Association of Maine
Bioscience Association of West Virginia
Biotechnology Institute
Colorado Bioscience Association
Delaware BioScience Association
Georgia Bio
iBIO Institute
Idaho Technology Council
Indiana Health Industry Forum
INDUNIV Research Consortium
Iowa Biotechnology Association
Kansas Bioscience Organization
LifeScience Alley
Life Science Tennessee
Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation
MdBio Foundation, Inc.
MichBio Institute
Mississippi Biotechnology Association
Missouri Institute for Biotechnology and Innovation
Montana Bioscience Alliance
Nevada Biotechnology & Science Consortium
New Mexico Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
New York Biotechnology Association
Oklahoma Bioscience Institute
Oregon Bioscience Association
Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association
Rhode Island BioGroup – Tech Collective
SoCalBio
South Dakota Biotech Association
Texas Healtcare & Bioscience Institute
Utah TECH Workforce Foundation
Virginia Bio
Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

Contacts

MassBioEd
Lance Hartford, 617-674-5131
or
BayBio Institute
Lori Lindburg, 650-871-7101

Release Summary

Forty-one state bioscience organizations announce today the formation of the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes to ensure America’s leadership in bioscience innovation.

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Contacts

MassBioEd
Lance Hartford, 617-674-5131
or
BayBio Institute
Lori Lindburg, 650-871-7101