Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Preparing a Diverse Biomedical Technology Development Workforce

How do we best develop a scientific workforce that is fluent in product development and commercialization issues?

How can NHLBI best expand the training opportunities for early career scientists to prepare them for entry into the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape?

There is a need for scientifically-trained experts from diverse backgrounds who also understand business needs relevant to biomedical technology development, with both the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to bring products for heart, lung, blood, sleep indications to the market, including regulatory, intellectual property, and business skills. Current academic training does not prepare trainees in these non-academically focused skills.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Compelling Question (CQ)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

A well-trained biomedical technology development workforce would enhance the quantity and quality of research translated from the lab to the market focused on heart, lung, blood, sleep indications. A better understanding of the product development pathway would improve efficiency and resource usage, and accelerate the time for products to reach the market. Structured training would better prepare academic scientists for industry collaboration and provide an industry-ready scientific workforce. Ensuring these training opportunities are inclusive of scientists from different backgrounds would increase the diversity of the biomedical technology development workforce.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

Industry is a large employer of research trainees, and trainees are becoming increasingly vocal about their interest in opportunities to be trained in areas beyond the academic lab that would prepare them for roles in industry. NHLBI can leverage recently launched educational opportunities, including the BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training), NCAI (NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations), REACH (Research Evaluation And Commercialization Hubs), and CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Awards) programs.

Transitioning scientific discoveries to inventions and products to benefit public health requires knowledge and education beyond what is traditionally learned during medical, graduate, and post-doctoral training.

 

Challenges to addressing this CQ include:

 

• Need for educators and mentors with relevant industry experience and expertise.

 

• This would be a culture shift in academic institutions, though the new NIH programs described above has already started to influence this shift.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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