The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and the Pharmaceutical Development Institute have partnered with RI Bio, Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, and the state Department of Labor and Training to host a “Biotech Boot Camp,” a two-week intensive program to provide the in-depth, hands-on training biotechnology and biopharmaceutical firms are looking for in potential employees.
Beginning Sept. 18, the PDI welcomes 15 Rhode Island residents interested in a career in the ever-expanding biotech industry to its labs in Avedisian Hall on the Kingston campus. Trainees, who were selected through an interview and evaluation process after applying, are trained in aseptic techniques, clean-room gowning, document control, biopharmaceutical manufacturing concepts, quality control systems, measurement and data collection, troubleshooting, and report writing, among other skills.
“Students will have the chance to learn face-to-face, ask questions, and practice skills hands-on with our industry professionals in our state-of-the-art laboratory setting over the 10-day boot camp,” said Kristen Riley, education & training coordinator at the institute. “The PDI is committed to enhancing and expanding the capacity and workforce development of pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms by training them in our world-class facility.”
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