Developing links with a range of academic institutions, industry professionals and the local community is a key component of PBL’s engagement and marketing strategy. This will enable us to keep up to date with latest research and innovative thinking, provide cross-linkages with academic and industry partners, and also develop potential career paths to enhance our workforce planning.
In the last month we have attended the UK Bioscience Forum, hosted a visit by Oxford Brookes University students and also participated in an open evening at South Wiltshire UTC.
PBL were amongst the over 300 delegates at the 12th Annual bioProcessUK Conference, “Manufacturing tomorrow’s medicines today” held on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Cambridge. The event focused on how advances in biologics have catalysed an evolution in the medicines manufacturing industry in recent years, as well as enabling us to engage with colleagues to both promote our brand and capabilities.
We have also just hosted our first academic visit when a group of students from Oxford Brookes University studying for a biotechnology module visited our facilities to learn about hot topics in experimental design and analytical characterisation of biological products, with a focus on our Erwinase product. This included a visit to view our GMP manufacturing facilities, including the new filling and freeze drying unit that which is currently going through validation following the completion of its construction earlier this year.
Thirdly, PBL were delighted to be present at the recent open evening of the new South Wiltshire UTC in Salisbury, “a brand new type of school that makes learning come alive by using experts from local employers and real challenges from the world of work”.
Earlier in the year, several PBL scientists assisted South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury with their ‘Science Day.’ This annual event is held by the school for year 10 students, with the aim of stimulating interest in science. PBL scientists met with students to answer questions about what ‘working in science’ is really like, and an interactive session was taught about protein structure and drug design.
By developing close links with these different sectors and building alliances, PBL aims to be an innovative employer and community partner.