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Title: BHRC: Growing Canadas Pool of Biotech Talent


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  • BHRC Growing Canadas Pool of Biotech Talent
  • Genoma España June 2004

2
Biotech in Canada
  • 400 core biotech companies
  • Canada is 2 in terms of number of companies
    sales
  • 18 000 products/processes in development
  • 2 400 at regulatory/release stage
  • Biotech clusters across country are hubs of
    activity

3
Why is Canada 2 in the World?
  • Government Support
  • - Identified as a priority
  • - Extensive funding and tax credits for
    research
  • Regulatory Framework
  • - Canadian regulations are less restrictive
    than Europes.
  • - Legislation has created a positive
    regulatory climate
  • Educated Workforce
  • - One of the worlds best-educated workforces.
  • 14 have degrees
  • Established Research- Intensive Industries
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Petrochemicals
  • Agriculture
  • IT

4
Biotech Overview by Region
Atlantic Canada 402 (3.4) employed in 23
biotech companies 22 M in biotech revenues 14 M
in biotech RD
British Columbia 1,746 (15) employed in 69
biotech companies 414 M in biotech revenues 420
M in biotech RD
Prairies 1,693 (14) employed in 52 biotech
companies 242 M in biotech revenues 159 M in
biotech RD
Ontario 3,346 (28) employed in 101 biotech
companies 1,376 M in biotech revenues 395 M in
biotech RD
Quebec 4,710 (40) employed in 130 biotech
companies 1,515 M in biotech revenues 349 M in
biotech RD
Life Science cluster
Source Statistics Canada, Biotechnology Use and
Development Survey, 2001
5
Human health continues to predominate Canadian
Biotechnology
  • The human health sector accounts for 52 of the
    total biotech firms and for 88 of the total
    1,337M in RD spending
  • The human health sector is followed closest by
    agriculture biotech sector, which accounts for
    17 of firms and 4 of RD spending

Source Statistics Canada, Biotechnology Use and
Development Survey, 2001
6
The Canadian HR Landscape
  • 62 000 workers employed in biotech
  • 18 000 core biotech workers
  • 400 core biotech companies
  • 35 of employees work in RD
  • 73 of biotech employees work in health

7
Canadian HR Challenges
  • Very rapid growth in number and size of
    companies
  • HR needs constantly in a state of flux as
    companies evolve
  • Broad spectrum of HR skills required
  • Limited pool of experienced people
  • Immigration challenges
  • Tax differential
  • Proximity/Pull of U.S.

8
Gaps in biotechnology HR
  • Shortages of scientific researchers and
    specialists in emerging fields
  • New emerging platform technologies and
    convergence of disciplines creating demand for
    new skills and programs
  • Shortages of programs in bioinformatics,
    bioprocessing, regulatory affairs and business
    development
  • Shortage of job-ready graduates - For example,
    lab and instrumentation techniques
  • Inadequate soft skills - For example,
    communications and team building

9
High Priority Skills Areas
  • Developing and managing strategic alliances
  • Investor relations
  • Protecting and managing intellectual property
  • Laboratory techniques and instrumentation
  • Quality control / quality assurance
  • Marketing strategies
  • Financial management
  • Good laboratory practices
  • Market research
  • Product development process

10
The Hot Jobs in Canadian Biotech
  • 1. RD 28
  • QA/QC 17
  • Clinical Research 11
  • Process Development/Mfg 10
  • Sales and Marketing 9
  • Admin/Operations 7
  • Information systems 5
  • Regulatory Affairs 5
  • Finance 4
  • Business Development 4
  • HR .5

11
Are people graduating with the right skills?
  • Employees must adapt to rapidly changing and
    converging technologies skills upgrading
    programs needed to rapidly adapt the workforce
  • Large biotechnology companies sponsor more co-op
    students than SMEs
  • Sixty-nine percent of companies identify
    leadership training as high priority and 57 want
    team building and communication skills
  • New grads not job-ready despite co-op programs -
    work place training top priorities are in
  • Laboratory techniques and instrumentation
  • Strategic alliances and investor relations
  • Intellectual property management

12
Biotechnology Industry Skill Needs Evolve...
Mid-life Maturity
Process Development
Early Stage
Administration
General Mgmt
Business development
Start-up
Patents
Scientific Team
Entrepreneurial Scientists
Regulatory
Product Development
Clinical
Finance
Board
HR Mgmt
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Board
Tech Services
Strategic planners
Legal
13
Biotechnology Sector Study
  • Pan-Canadian study of HR issues facing the
    biotechnology sector. Some key findings
  • Lack of people with strong leadership experience
  • Increasing international competitiveness for top
    talent
  • Lack of job ready graduates
  • Need more people with the ability to adapt to a
    changing environment

14
Biotechnology Sector Study
  • Some key recommendations
  • Strengthen leadership
  • Support good governance within the sector
  • Apply innovative approaches to HR devt
  • Provide incentives to attract top talent
  • Support strategic HR within the industry

15
BHRC to the Rescue
  • Proactive efforts to help grow Canadas pool of
  • skilled talent anticipate bottlenecks plan
    accordingly
  • Unique concept and major selling point for
    Canada
  • Concerted strategies to attract, develop and
    retain skilled biotech talent
  • Clearinghouse of strategic HR Intelligence

16
BHRC- What we do
  • Professional Development courses
  • HR Tools and Services
  • Strategic HR Intelligence
  • PetriDish/Job Bank
  • Youth Programs

Growing Canadas Pool of Biotech Talent
17
Growing the pool means
  • Attract
  • Develop
  • Retain
  • A skilled workforce to meet pace with evolving
    needs

18
BHRC ProgramsAttracting and Retaining Biotech
Talent
  • Sector Intelligence Briefs
  • PetriDish job bank/Biotech HR Pulse
  • PulseKeeper Employee Satisfaction Retention
    Tool
  • Biotech Virtual HR Assistant
  • The Biotechnology Recruitment Resource Guide
  • Strategic HR Events
  • Compensation in Biotech Companies

19
Online Biotech job postings
www.PetriDish.ca
  • Job postings Career HR advice Events
  • Free On-line
  • Opportunities delivered to your email bi-weekly
    via

20

BHRC Programs
  • Professional Development Courses
  • Introduction to the Science of Biotechnology
  • Intellectual Property Patent Protection for
    Biotechnology
  • Good Laboratory Practices
  • Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Good Clinical Practices
  • Total Quality Management
  • Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops

21
On-line Professional Courses - Maximum
Flexibility in Training
  • 45 hrs over 13 wks
  • GLP Good Laboratory Practices
  • GMP Good Manufacturing Practices
  • GCP Good Clinical Practices

22
BHRC ProgramsInitiatives to Help Sustain
Long-Term Industry Growth
  • Youth Internship Program
  • Biotech Career Kit
  • Aventis Biotech Challenge
  • Industry-Academia partnerships

23
To Learn More About Canadian Biotech Connect
with Canadian Science
  • BHRC
  • National Research Council
  • Genome Canada
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research
  • Industry Canada Biotechnology Gateway
  • Health Canada
  • NSERC post-doctoral fellowships
  • Universities and colleges

24
To Learn More About Canadian Biotech Companies
Directory of Canadian biotech companies
www.bioscienceworld.ca/directory
  • Free print and web directory of biotech
  • Companies
  • Products Services
  • Recruiters
  • Career/HR management advice
  • Insights into Canadian industry

25
? Muchas gracias ?Algunas preguntas?
  • Claire Thifault
  • Executive Director, BHRC
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • www.bhrc.ca
  • Claire_at_bhrc.ca
  • (613) 235-1402 x 618
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