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  • 1. Advances in Biotechnology Workforce Education Session 790 Room 308A
  • 2. Advances in Biotechnology Workforce Education
    • 790-1: Training To Meet Regional Needs: The FSCJ Institute for Food Safety- A Public/Private Partnership
      • R. Kevin Pegg and Kathryn Birmingham, Florida State College
    • 790-2: Funding of Biotechnology Workforce Education by the National Science Foundation
      • Linnea Fletcher, NSF
    • 790-3: Scripps Florida: At the Front Lines of Hope
      • Harry Orf, Scripps Florida
    • 790-4: Biotech Skills Development Research Program: An RT-PCR Case Study at the Community Colleges
      • James Harber, Oxnard College
      • Recess
  • 3. Advances in Biotechnology Workforce Education
    • 790-5 Factors that Influence The Success of Online Team Projects with Companies
      • Richard Conroy and Rana Khan, University of Maryland
    • 790-6 Education and Training for a STEM Career in Biomanufacturing
      • Sonia Wallman, Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative (NBC2)
    • 790-7 Educating the Next Generation of Biotechnology Founders and Managers
      • Yali Friedman, thinkBiotech
    • Discussion and Wrap up
  • 4. 790-1 Institute for Food Safety: a Florida State College at Jacksonville ATE project
  • 5. Mission
    • Genesis: consortium of local industry leaders in food processing looking to the college for long-term assistance to grow the industry
    • Establish an academic/industry facility for:
      • Local testing via a third-party testing laboratory
        • Residue, Microbial, and Genetic
      • Training to increase the availability of skilled technicians
        • Analytical, Sensory, Microbial, Sampling, and Chain-of-custody
      • Liaison with regulatory bodies to standardize protocols
      • Operations that are transferable
        • Provide blueprint for reproducing this institute in other cities, states, and nations
  • 6. Novel Aspects
    • Protocol development
      • Many proprietary and sometimes overlapping protocols
        • Often have missing elements
          • Example: COC’s defined, but no sampling requirements stipulated for residue
      • Some guidelines not readily applicable
      • Competing special interests
        • testing NIMBY or I-will-if-you-will
    • Transferability
      • Never really considered before;
      • Ad hoc labs in academia;
      • Proprietary labs in industry
  • 7. Models I
    • Rapid Aflatoxin testing as a model
      • Partnership between EDI (testing company), RTI (research academia), Cargill (sponsor company), AOAC (non-profit) and USDA
        • Wildly successful
    • Rapid sulfa drug testing as a model
      • Partnership between EDI (testing company), RTI (research academia), Hog farmers association (sponsor company), AOAC (non-profit) and USDA
        • Wildly successful; predicted E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks
          • Failed to capitalize on anticipated market and was not ready with tests when outbreaks occurred
  • 8. Drivers
    • Market forces building for regulatory system overhaul
      • Widespread interest in European codex
      • Pending legislation in Congress
        • S. 2934:
          • A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of imported seafood
        • H.R. 2749:Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009
        • S. 384: Global Food Security Act of 2009
        • H.R. 2513:Food Protection Training Institute Act of 2009
        • H.R. 2800:Imported Food Safety Improvement Act of 2009
  • 9. More Pending Seafood Bills
    • Seafood bills
    • S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
    • S. 2752: Gulf Oyster Industry Jobs Protection Act
    • S. 2735: Gulf Oyster Protection Act of 2009
    • H.R. 4022: Gulf Oyster Protection Act of 2009
    • H.R. 1370: Commercial Seafood Consumer Protection Act
    • H.R. 759: Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act
    • S. 92: Imported Seafood Safety Enhancement Act of 2009
  • 10. Even more pending legislation: Regional Food Safety Centers Legislation
    • S. 1269 and related House bill:
      • Food Safety Rapid Response Act
      • Food Protection Training Institute Act of 2009
    • Bills to provide for enhanced food borne illness surveillance and food safety testing capacity, to establish regional food safety centers of excellence, and for other purposes.
    • IFS needs to be a player if it is to fulfill mission
  • 11. Transferability
    • Difficult to accomplish as a state college (or any other institution alone)
    • However, opportunity for National Science Foundation Center at Florida State College
      • Creates opportunity for national impact
      • Can lead to labs and training center as part of FDA’s coming national centers
    • Becoming an NSF center will mean stand-alone facility with state-of-the-art equipment that can perform any test, not just those from last years menu...
  • 12. IFS Evolution
    • 10,000 Square foot mezzanine area collocated with Preferred Freezers facility in Jacksonville
      • Modeling showed it was too small, cramped even before it was built
    • 20,000 sq. ft. facility at second freezer location
      • Difficult to build and commence operations
      • Casualty of slowing economy and pressures on partners
    • Two phases:
      • Transitional lab in 7,000 sq. ft. of space in the Florida State College Advanced Technology Center
      • 16,000 Sq. ft lab expandable complex on campus
  • 13. Interim IFS Facility: Targeted for July of 2010
    • 3,000 sq. ft. fee-for-service operated by Eurofins, a major international testing company headquartered in Belgium with labs in the U.S.
      • Initial operations focused on proprietary microbial identification methodology using molecular (BAX rt-PCR) confirmation
      • Local and regional samples
  • 14. Interim IFS Facility: Targeted for July of 2010
    • 3,000 sq. ft educational facility located adjacent to Eurofins
    • Shared, mirrored, and specialized equipment
    • Summer 2010 ATE program based on microbial and counterfeiting
      • 1:2:3 cohort model
        • 5 faculty mentors, 10 High school teachers, 15 students in five groups
        • 3 weeks of training, 3 weeks of group research projects
        • Mentor relationships throughout academic year
    • Summer 2011 ATEprogram based on HPLC-MS residue testing
  • 15. Funding model/sustainability
    • College
      • Tuition
      • Grants
    • Private
      • Capital campaign
    • Equity
      • Equipment
        • Facilities
    • Fee-for services
  • 16. Advisory Board Evolution
    • First Board meetings
      • Presentations
      • Feedback
      • No major role
    • Shifting role
      • Advisors weighing in on site plans, business model
    • Active participation
      • Frequently have members of the advisory board at organizational meetings
      • Have become stakeholders in the success of the program
  • 17. Lessons Learned
    • Choose Advisory Board Members carefully and re-shuffle the deck as the program develops
    • Treat Advisory Board members as if they are $1,000 a day consultants -- don't waste their time
    • Give Advisory Board Members access to student perspectives -- your students can help sell them on program attributes
    • Ask for what you need for your students -- monetary donations, equipment donations, paid internships, curriculum advice, testimonials for marketing your program, and access to other experts
    • Don't confuse them with the bureaucratic battles you are fighting behind the scenes
  • 18. For their Generous Support Florida State College acknowledges:
    • Beaverstreet Fisheries, Inc.
    • Eurofins International
    • Preferred Freezers
    • The National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (award number: DUE 0053250)
    • And our advisors at:
      • UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Department of Agriculture, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, the National Fisheries Institute, and Shaw’s Southern Belle Seafood