CoPI, NSF ATE InnovATEBIO National Center for Biotechnology at Madison College
Current efforts focus on the creation of a National Science Foundation ATE Coordination Network (CN) to formalize a consortium focused on bio-economic growth through workforce development in the area of Advanced Manufacturing of Cell and Tissue-based Products (AMCTP). By AMCTP we refer to the use of cells (particularly but not exclusively stem cells) in applications that can involve complex tissues and organs and genome engineering. AMCTP requires a new kind of manufacturing that constructs biological systems in combination with natural or synthetic materials using robotics, microfluidics, 3-D printing, computational modeling, and novel types of engineering that we are only beginning to imagine. The products of AMCTP promise to deepen our understanding of the root causes of disorders and may provide effective methods for treating conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, macular degeneration, and heart disease. There are ever-expanding career opportunities in this important field and there is an unmet need to develop a workforce with appropriate skills. Finding strategies to develop a skilled workforce in this complex domain is a task best addressed by a network of stakeholders from education, government, and industry. It is also important to include community representatives to help build a diverse workforce and inform the public about AMCTP.