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J Pharm Sci. 2016 Dec;105(12):3483-3486. doi: 10.1016/j.xphs.2016.08.007. Epub 2016 Sep 23.

An Opportunity for Industry-Academia Partnership: Training the Next Generation of Industrial Researchers in Characterizing Higher Order Protein Structure.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado 80045.
Department of Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York 10461. Electronic address:
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware 19716.


Training researchers for positions in the United States biopharmaceutical industry has long been driven by academia. This commentary explores how the changing landscape of academic training will impact the industrial workforce, particularly with regard to the development of protein therapeutics in the area of biophysical and higher order structural characterization. We discuss how to balance future training and employment opportunities, how academic-industrial partnerships can help young scientists acquire the skills needed by their future employer, and how an appropriately trained workforce can facilitate the translation of new technology from academic to industrial laboratories. We also present suggestions to facilitate the coordinated development of industrial-academic educational partnerships to develop new training programs, and the ability of students to locate these programs, through the development of authoritative public resources.


analytical biochemistry; biopharmaceuticals characterization; biotechnology; physical characterization; protein structure

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