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BIOSCIENCE WORKFORCE
TRENDS IN THE GREATER
LOS ANGELES REGION
Ahmed Enany
President & CEO
Southern California Biomedical
C...
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WHO WE ARE
www.socalbio.org
 The Southern California
Biomedical Council
(SoCalBio) is a trade
association serving the
b...
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SOCALBIO FACTOIDS
 Built with support from Rebuild LA (RLA).
 Incorporated in December 1995.
 Chartered as a (C)6, no...
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THE GREATER LA BIOSCIENCE INDUSTRY FUNDAMENTALS
 A Healthier cluster -- albeit spatially dispersed – and is adding
jobs...
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SOCALBIO SERVES ONE OF THE TOP FIVE BIOSCIENCE
INDUSTRY CLUSTERS IN THE COUNTRY
The industry is composed of very
small firms dispersed over a large
geography having limited resources
and little politica...
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SOCALBIO HELPS BIOSCIENCE COMPANIES
 Empowerment through Collective Action Focusing on:
 Mobilizing Resources Effectiv...
SOCALBIO WORKFORCE ACTIVITIES
 Organizes a workforce summit and community college outreach
events to coordinate industry/...
THUMBNAIL SKETCH OF WORKFORCE NEEDS
 In an effort to identify industry talent needs, SoCalBio
ran a short survey in 2014 ...
LIST OF RESPONDENTS
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Advanced Sterilization Products
API Vanguard
ArmaGen Technologies
BCN Biosciences
Biolase
BionCR De...
SUMMARY OF SURVEY RESULTS
 The industry experienced healthy Job growth and expected to add
jobs at a rate higher than tha...
SURVEY RESULTS …. CONTINUED
 Engineering, quality, regulatory affairs top the list of job
categories where companies enco...
SURVEY RESPONDENTS BY GEOGRAPHY AND MARKET SEGMENT
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Biopharma Devices Research/Testing/Medical Labs AgBio/I...
EMPLOYMENT TRENDS: ALL SEGMENTS SHOW HEALTHY GROWTH
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FUTURE HIRES BY INDUSTRY SEGMENT AND FUNCTIONAL AREA
Biopharma Devices Research/Testing AgBio/Industrial # of Future Hires...
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REQUIREMENTS IN EACH FUNCTIONAL AREA
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% OF PHARMA FUTURE HIRES BY MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL
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% OF DEVICE FUTURE HIRES BY MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL
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ENGINEERING, REGULATORY AFFAIRS AND QUALITY ASSURANCE TOP
THE LIST OF JOB CATEGORIES THAT HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TO FILL
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ENGINEERING, REGULATORY/QUALITY AND MANUFACTURING TOP
THE LIST OF DIFFICULT TO FILL JOB CATEGORIES BY PHARMA
COMPANIES
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ENGINEERING, REGULATORY/QUALITY, R&D AND INFORMATION
TECHNOLOGY TOP THE LIST OF DIFFICULT TO FILL JOB CATEGORIES
BY DEVICE...
% OF RECENT HIRES WITHOUT RELOCATION BY INDUSTRY SEGMENT
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SURVEY RESPONDENTS SEE VALUE IN INDUSTRY-VETTED
TRAINING PROGRAMS
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THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF RESPONDENTS PREFER
FORMAL OR INFORMAL IN-HOUSE TRAINING
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INTERNSHIPS ARE OFFERED BUT MOSTLY TO COLLEGE OR GRAD.
STUDENTS AS A PRELUDE TO HIRING
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WHERE TO FOCUS TRAINING ACTIVITIES USING WIA RESOURCES
FIRST, BE MINDFUL OF THE CHALLENGES AHEAD
 Overcome industry’s rel...
WHERE TO FOCUS TRAINING ACTIVITIES USING WIA RESOURCES
SECOND, THINK AND ACT REGIONALLY AND DON’T INVENT THE
WHEEL
 All W...
WHERE TO FOCUS TRAINING ACTIVITIES USING WIA RESOURCES
THIRD, CREATE A BIOMANUFACTURING JOBS ACCELERATOR
 The focus initi...
 Why an Independent Biomanufacturing Center
 Nimble and flexible organization.
 Insulation from academic politics.
 Fl...
WHAT IS NEXT?
 The following training recommendations are generated
from interviews with survey respondents and SoCalBio
...
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SoCalBio presents findings of its workforce survey of talent needs in the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area.

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Bioscience Industry Workforce Needs in Greater Los Angeles

  1. 1. BIOSCIENCE WORKFORCE TRENDS IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES REGION Ahmed Enany President & CEO Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) enany@socalbio.org October 6, 2015 Stakeholders’ Meeting at Grifols Biologicals
  2. 2. 2 WHO WE ARE www.socalbio.org  The Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) is a trade association serving the biotech, medical device and digital health industries in Los Angeles, Orange County and adjacent communities.
  3. 3. 3 SOCALBIO FACTOIDS  Built with support from Rebuild LA (RLA).  Incorporated in December 1995.  Chartered as a (C)6, non-profit trade association.  Became fully functional by mid-1997.  One of three CA regional life-science associations. The others are Biocom (serving San Diego) & CLSA (serving the San Francisco Bay Area).  Private sector-supported and driven by entrepreneurs united behind a collective action agenda to Translate our region’s excellence in basic life-science research into high paying jobs.  More than 300 companies and organizations are members including biotech, medtech, Dx, and digital health firms along with allied service providers, venture investors, and research universities & hospitals.
  4. 4. 4 THE GREATER LA BIOSCIENCE INDUSTRY FUNDAMENTALS  A Healthier cluster -- albeit spatially dispersed – and is adding jobs:  Med device: Edwards Lifesciences, Medtronic Diabetes, St Jude Cardiac Rhythm Division, Biosense Webster, Masimo, and Boston Scientific Neuromodulation  Biopharma & generics: Amegn, Allergan, Baxter and Grifols  Digital health: Kareo, NantHealth, Predixion, Sentrian, Brighter, HomeHero, and TigerText  There are more than 1000 firms in the region employing about 100,000 people.  We are a medtech region with a growing (and getting healthier) biotech subsegment  E.g., Kythera Biopharma, Puma Biotechnology, Kite Pharma, Astellas Pharma, Armagen, Xenor, C3 Jian, NantCell, MannKind, Liquid Genomics
  5. 5. 5 SOCALBIO SERVES ONE OF THE TOP FIVE BIOSCIENCE INDUSTRY CLUSTERS IN THE COUNTRY
  6. 6. The industry is composed of very small firms dispersed over a large geography having limited resources and little political clout
  7. 7. 8 SOCALBIO HELPS BIOSCIENCE COMPANIES  Empowerment through Collective Action Focusing on:  Mobilizing Resources Effectively  Finance Capital  Intellectual Capital  Human Capital  Fostering a Synergistic Eco-system  Research Parks  Partnerships  Networking  Advocacy & Building Social Support  Putting Industry needs on the priority list of local governments  Industry now perceived as an important pillar of growth
  8. 8. SOCALBIO WORKFORCE ACTIVITIES  Organizes a workforce summit and community college outreach events to coordinate industry/academia relations for talent development .  Inspires creation of new industry-oriented educational programs:  Keck Graduate Institute in 1995.  UCLA Biomedical Engineering Department in 1977  USC Regulatory Masters program created after SoCalBio Chairman, Alfred Mann, pledged more than $100 million to create AMI-USC to accelerate USC biomed technology development  Offers industry endorsement and guidance of training programs:  Micro-assembly technician training program at College of the Canyons  Biotechnology certificate at Irvine College  Mobilizes resources to fund training:  WIA-funding to support bioprocessing training at LATTC  DOL-funding for biomanufacturing training at LAVC  Advertises Job Openigs:  SoCalBio advertises nearly 1000 open positions every year through its web site and digital weekly newsletter  Conducts market research to identify industry talent needs 9
  9. 9. THUMBNAIL SKETCH OF WORKFORCE NEEDS  In an effort to identify industry talent needs, SoCalBio ran a short survey in 2014 utilizing SurveyMonkey.com  Sent to executives of Greater Los Angeles bioscience establishments  Netted 57 valid responses  Survey questions can be viewed on the web at: http://socalbio.org/wordpress/wp- content/uploads/2015/10/SurveyMonkey_50809849.pdf  The following segment of presents the survey’s findings and identifies functional areas to be targeted by workforce development professionals to address industry talent needs. 10
  10. 10. LIST OF RESPONDENTS 11 Advanced Sterilization Products API Vanguard ArmaGen Technologies BCN Biosciences Biolase BionCR Development BioScreen Testing Services Bioseal BIT Source Scientific Boston Scientific Neuromodulation C3 Jian Calhoun Vision California Transplant Services Cellworks Chromologic Cianna Medical Dako Deton Corp DxTerity Diagnostics ECA Medical Instruments Edwards Lifesciences Encode Bio Epeius Biotechnologies Genomic Pathway Gilead Sciences (Carlsbad) Gilead Sciences (San Dimas) Grifols Biologicals Inc. Holomic ImaginAb Indi Molecular Inscent Integrity Bio Intelligent Optical Systems Kinamed Kite Pharma MannKind Corp Medtronic Diabetes Modulated Imaging NanoIVD Neumedicines Norac Pharma Oak Crest Institute of Science Prolacta Bioscience Quantimetrix RAH Consulting Group Response Genetics St. Jude Medical Stellar Biotechnologies Synedgen Systine TherOx Tissue-Grown Corp. TMJ concepts Vivoscript, Inc. Xencor YSL Bioprocess Development Zymo Research Corp
  11. 11. SUMMARY OF SURVEY RESULTS  The industry experienced healthy Job growth and expected to add jobs at a rate higher than that of the private sector in the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area.  25% of future hires are expected to be in the regulatory, quality and engineering categories  Because many firms are emerging pre-product ventures, nearly one of every future five hires is going to be in R&D  One of every five new jobs is likely to be in manufacturing. This is higher than the share of manufacturing of private sector jobs in the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area.  Most new jobs require college or graduate degrees. However, manufacturing, lab research and information technology offer opportunities not requiring 4-year college degrees or higher. 12
  12. 12. SURVEY RESULTS …. CONTINUED  Engineering, quality, regulatory affairs top the list of job categories where companies encounter difficulties filling jobs regardless of industry segment.  Biopharma respondents expressed more concerns about filling manufacturing jobs than medical device respondents.  It is a sign of concern that one third of new hires in the pharma and device sectors required relocation.  Survey respondents value training programs, if industry- vetted, but most prefer to do their own formal or informal training in-house.  The majority of firms offer internships, but mostly to college graduates and post-graduates as a way to screen job seekers for full employment. 13
  13. 13. SURVEY RESPONDENTS BY GEOGRAPHY AND MARKET SEGMENT 0 5 10 15 20 25 Biopharma Devices Research/Testing/Medical Labs AgBio/Industrial Los Angeles Orange Ventura/SB Inland Empire/North SD County 14
  14. 14. EMPLOYMENT TRENDS: ALL SEGMENTS SHOW HEALTHY GROWTH 7505 10235 453 45 2309 1322 152 30 1072 799 140 23 23 23 11 2 0 5 10 15 20 25 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 Biopharma Devices Research/Testing AgBio/Industrial Local employment Last two year hires Next two year hires # of respondants 15
  15. 15. FUTURE HIRES BY INDUSTRY SEGMENT AND FUNCTIONAL AREA Biopharma Devices Research/Testing AgBio/Industrial # of Future Hires % Manufacturing 200 172 32 4 408 20% R&D 156 184 30 7 377 19% Regulatory/Quality 145 118 17 0 280 14% Engineering 114 100 7 0 221 11% Other 123 43 5 6 177 9% Product/Process Dev. 109 47 12 2 170 8% IT 105 29 12 1 147 7% Supply Chain 59 65 6 1 131 6% Lab Conduct/Skills 61 41 19 2 123 6% Total 1072 799 140 23 2034 100% 16
  16. 16. % OF FUTURE HIRES BY MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS IN EACH FUNCTIONAL AREA %ofFutureHires 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Graduate Degree 4-Year Degree 2-Year Degree Com. College Certificate HS Diploma # Respondents #ofRespondents 17
  17. 17. % OF PHARMA FUTURE HIRES BY MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS IN EACH FUNCTIONAL AREA %ofFutureHires 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Graduate Degree 4-Year Degree 2-Year Degree Com. College Certificate HS Diploma # Respondents #ofRespondents 18
  18. 18. % OF DEVICE FUTURE HIRES BY MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS IN EACH FUNCTIONAL AREA 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Graduate Degree 4-Year Degree 2-Year Degree Com. College Certificate HS Diploma Total Respondents– #ofRespondents %ofFutureHires 19
  19. 19. ENGINEERING, REGULATORY AFFAIRS AND QUALITY ASSURANCE TOP THE LIST OF JOB CATEGORIES THAT HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TO FILL 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% 90.00% 100.00% Difficult Average Simple # Respondents #ofRespondents %ofRespondents 20
  20. 20. ENGINEERING, REGULATORY/QUALITY AND MANUFACTURING TOP THE LIST OF DIFFICULT TO FILL JOB CATEGORIES BY PHARMA COMPANIES 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Difficult Average Simple # Respondents #ofRespondents %ofRespondents 21
  21. 21. ENGINEERING, REGULATORY/QUALITY, R&D AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TOP THE LIST OF DIFFICULT TO FILL JOB CATEGORIES BY DEVICE COMPANIES #ofRespondents %ofRespondents 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Difficult Average Simple # Respondents 22
  22. 22. % OF RECENT HIRES WITHOUT RELOCATION BY INDUSTRY SEGMENT 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Pharma Device Dx/Testing AgBio/Industrial 23
  23. 23. SURVEY RESPONDENTS SEE VALUE IN INDUSTRY-VETTED TRAINING PROGRAMS 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% 90.00% Assist in my hiring decisions Reduce training costs Reduce administrative burden Make no difference in hiring decision Increase admin. burden Increase training costs #ofRespondents %ofRespondents 24
  24. 24. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF RESPONDENTS PREFER FORMAL OR INFORMAL IN-HOUSE TRAINING 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% #ofRespondents %ofRespondents 25
  25. 25. INTERNSHIPS ARE OFFERED BUT MOSTLY TO COLLEGE OR GRAD. STUDENTS AS A PRELUDE TO HIRING 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% College students Graduate students High school students Community College Students No Internships Offered Now Faculty #ofRespondents %ofRespondents 26
  26. 26. WHERE TO FOCUS TRAINING ACTIVITIES USING WIA RESOURCES FIRST, BE MINDFUL OF THE CHALLENGES AHEAD  Overcome industry’s reluctance to tap WIA resources for training.  Educational resources abound, but not synching well with industry.  A lot of talk about training. In reality, most of what is done is classroom teaching.  Although certificate programs are better than nothing at all, employers don’t necessarily trust them.  Bioscience industry training is on average an expensive proposition. 27
  27. 27. WHERE TO FOCUS TRAINING ACTIVITIES USING WIA RESOURCES SECOND, THINK AND ACT REGIONALLY AND DON’T INVENT THE WHEEL  All WIBs in the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area ought to coordinate activities:  Invest in programs that are strategic in nature.  Invest in programs that are regional in scope.  Invest in sustaining existing industry-vetted programs. Examples:  Bioprocessing technician training at LAVC, Citrus College and Moorpark Community College  Industry users: Amgen, Baxtala, Grifols and ProLacta Biosciences.  Micro-assembly at College of the Canyons  Industry users: Advanced Bionics, Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, and Second Sight Medical Products. 28
  28. 28. WHERE TO FOCUS TRAINING ACTIVITIES USING WIA RESOURCES THIRD, CREATE A BIOMANUFACTURING JOBS ACCELERATOR  The focus initially can be training bio-processing technicians for manufacturing cell therapy and protein-based products according to cGMP standards  The DOL-funded c3bc program at LAVC has all the elements needed to create a C(3) accelerator at the Van de Kamp Innovation Center:  Industry training standards, Curricula and staff, Industry-grade equipment, Industry support, and a decent track record.  Demand for entry-level bio-processing technicians is expected to be robust for the foreseeable future:  Expanding companies: Amgen (Thousand Oaks), Baxtala (Los Angeles), Grifols (Los Angeles), Prolacta (City of Industry), and Gilead (San Dimas)  Developers of biologics that are building manufacturing facilities now (Kite Biopharma in Santa Monica and El Segundo) or potentially in the future (Xencor in Monrovia, Neumedicines in Pasadena or NantCell in Culver City)  Local biologics CMOs (AURO in La Habra) 29
  29. 29.  Why an Independent Biomanufacturing Center  Nimble and flexible organization.  Insulation from academic politics.  Flexibility in partnering with various community colleges and other training partners to tap resources.  Ability to tap industry support: finance, equipment & instructors  Freedom and speed in targeting national funding sources (DOL, NSF, etc.) or foundation money.  Focus can be expanded to include other elements of biomanufacturing depending on future changes in technology and market dynamics:  Example: 3-D printing of drugs (Washington Post)  Center can be beneficial to other local FDA-regulated industries, such as food production and cosmeceuticals. BIOMANUFACTURING JOBS ACCELERATOR …. CONTINUED 30
  30. 30. WHAT IS NEXT?  The following training recommendations are generated from interviews with survey respondents and SoCalBio bioscience and digital health companies:  Emphasize upgrading skills of incumbent employees.  Tap local resources such as the USC ISU and ICT to develop virtual reality modules to help in training and reduce its cost .  Target functional areas such as:  Quality assurance and regulatory affairs  Digital skills (Big data & conformity with HIPAA & FDA).  Supply chain management.  Telemedicine equipment technicians.  3-D printing. 31 SoCalBio Is your Partner in Talent Nurturing and Retention

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