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

David L. Bain, Michael D. Brenowitz, Christopher J. Roberts

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3483-3486
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016



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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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