How Montgomery County is Helping Shape the Local Bio Workforce as Demand for Talent Increases

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Companies are working with higher education institutions to strengthen the workforce pipeline further.
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By Lauren Lawley Head – Contributor
Oct 10, 2022
Montgomery County’s growing life sciences industry is getting a boost from collaborative efforts between businesses, higher education institutions, nonprofits and government agencies.
Life sciences is a top industry in the county. The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) reports the county’s more than 300 bio companies attracted nearly $8 billion in investments in 2020. At the end of July 2022, Indeed’s job search site listed nearly 750 biotechnology job openings in the county.
Miltenyi Biotech is one of those hiring. In March, the German company announced it was moving its North American headquarters to Gaithersburg and expanding its operations. The company currently has about 40 local job openings on the careers section of its website, including roles in quality assurance, manufacturing and research.
Horizon Therapeutics, which plans to expand into a 192,000-square-foot building in Rockville in 2023, is another growing biotech company in the region. It lists more than 20 openings in…

Help Wanted in Biomanufacturing: The need for more training programs for workers grows

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Many community colleges are now offering intense boot camps that last weeks instead of years, she says. Montgomery College and Frederick Community College, both in Maryland, launched weeks-long biotech boot camps in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Graduates usually leave with a certificate and the laboratory skills that employers are looking for, such as moving cells without contaminating them and donning gear needed to work in a sterile environment.