Welcome to the InnovATEBIO 2023 series of virtual ATE project talks. This series features leaders in biotechnology workforce education from across the US sharing their work on exciting projects funded by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The ATE program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.
Our speakers this week will talk about their experiences with using hackathons to develop undergraduate research projects around antibody engineering and a labor market and skills analysis of immunotherapy.
Each talk will be 20 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
Talk 1: Antibody Engineering: Hackathons and Projects
Description: Antibodies are one of, if not the most important classes of molecules in biotechnology. These versatile proteins are used as reagents, in diagnostic kits, and as therapeutic drugs. In the U.S. at least 361 companies work on antibodies in 576 locations. In recent years, engineering antibodies has become a common practice. Through our project, we are working with teams of faculty, students, and industry partners, in Hackathons, to create undergraduate research projects around the topic of antibody engineering. We will talk about the projects and present data from participants.
The 2023 Antibody Engineering Hackathon will take place August 7-11th. We will post a registration form in early April.
Speakers: Sandra Porter, PhD, PI CoPI InnovATEBIO, President, Digital World Biology
Description: Leaders of the Cell and Immunotherapy Hub have been working to develop a comprehensive labor market and skills-gap analysis of cell/immunotherapy technicians on a national level. The draft report will be presented here.
Speaker: Guy Hamilton, PhD, PI, Shoreline Community College