North Carolina Biotechnology Center Joins ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ Initiative

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) welcomes North Carolina Biotechnology Center to the ACRP ‘Partners in Workforce Advancement’ (PWA) initiative.

PWA is a groundbreaking new initiative to expand the clinical research workforce by bringing together a broad coalition of clinical research stakeholders focused on creating a sustainable workforce for the future.

“We are excited to partner with North Carolina Biotechnology Center on this critical initiative,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “We believe that in clinical research, people are everything. Without an adequate pipeline of diverse, qualified, competent professionals, our community will fail both to sustain the workforce and to improve the efficiency and quality of medical discovery.”

“The North Carolina Biotechnology Center is pleased to join ACRP’s PWA initiative,” says Vivian Doelling Ph.D., Vice President, Emerging Company Development at NC Biotech. “North Carolina is a global leader in the CRO industry and home to more than 23,000 skilled professionals providing analytical services, preclinical and clinical research, and clinical trial management for research institutions and pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies around the world. We believe that partnership with PWA will accelerate our efforts to increase awareness of CRO career opportunities and expand clinical based workforce development efforts in North Carolina and beyond.”

The clinical research enterprise continues to struggle with high turnover, quality and performance variance, and a growing demand for more skilled, competent professionals. At the root of these issues is a lack of awareness of clinical research as a career option in the healthcare and life sciences communities.

“Organizations employing clinical research professionals of all types agree – the first step in creating a diverse and sustainable talent pool is to ensure that healthcare and life sciences students are aware of clinical research as a career option,” Kremidas adds.

As its flagship project, the PWA will develop and implement an industry-wide campaign to increase awareness of clinical research as a career option among healthcare professionals and students.

If you are interested in supporting the PWA, please contact Beth Harper at