Attend the St. Louis Biotechnology Industry Seminar November 5, 2012

By on October 22, 2012

The Biotechnology sector is one of the fastest growing knowledge-based sectors in St. Louis and is expected to play a key role in shaping the region’s rapidly changing economy. St. Louis is coming of age as a biotech center primarily in the plant and life sciences arena mainly because of its close proximity to two-thirds of U.S. agricultural production.

Join our discussion led by Kelly Gillespie, Executive Director of the Missouri Biotechnology Association, as we explore the current environment and its impact shaping the local economy.


Mr. Gillespie will examine biotechnology growth and employment at the national and regional level and its ties to the local economy, based on the State of the St. Louis Workforce report for the biotechnology industry. Ben Johnson, Director of Special Projects at BioSTL will report on the state and challenge of diversity within the St. Louis biotechnology industry followed by a conversation on educating the biotechnology workforce along with an employer reaction panel and an interactive Q&A from the audience.

BioSTL LogoAs an extension of the State of the St. Louis Workforce research, please join Ben Johnson, Steve Long, Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Solutions and Richard Norris, Director of the Center for Plant and Life Science at St. Louis Community College along with your industry peers for an exclusive look into the data specifically impacting the biotechnology industry. Your voice will help shape the workforce solutions into the future.

BRDG ParkBUSN 795 Section 502
November 5, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Bio-Research Development Growth Park (BRDG)
1005 N. Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63132

Breakfast included
Fee: $49 per session

BRDG Park LogoCall 314-984-7777 to register!


  1. Overview of the Seminar and Introductions
  2. Biotechnology Growth and Employment at the National and Regional Level
  3. State of the St. Louis Workforce Report for the Biotechnology Industry
    • Results of the State of St. Louis Workforce Employer Survey
    • Real Time Labor Market Information
    • An Analysis of Biotechnology Occupations
  4. The State and Challenge of Diversity within the St. Louis Biotechnology Industry
  5. Educating the Biotechnology Workforce
    • Development of Educational Programs and Resources for the St. Louis Biotechnology Industry
    • BRDG Park Educational Programs and Resources
    • St. Louis Community College Biotechnology Contract Resource Organization
  6. Employer Reaction Panel
  7. Questions and Audience response

Kelly Gillespie, Executive Director, MOBIO
Ben Johnson, Director of Special Projects, BioSTL
Richard Norris, Director, Center for Plant and Life Science, St. Louis Community College
Steve Long, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions, St. Louis Community College

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email