Training & Outreach

FAAB’s training program for Higher Degree Research students and Early Career Researchers will prepare them to be job-ready future leaders in a regulated Australian BioTech industry.

FAAB is transforming the capacity, self-reliance, and international competitiveness of the Australian Bioactives sector with training in 4 Key Competencies (KC):

KC1. The BioTech Regulatory Environment for Complex Products

Students and Early Career Researchers will receive both formal and on-the-job training both during industrial secondments and international experiences or with Australian Proteome Analysis Facility at Macquarie University. The KC1 program will begin with international standards ISO 17025, ISO 15189, ISO 9000, the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice, and Good Manufacturing Practice (and its national variations) as applied to pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, and foods. In the second part of the program, the regulatory framework for products which are neither therapeutic goods nor foods (e.g. probiotics and prebiotics) will be explored for Australia and other countries and working groups will be established with external experts, including National Measurement Institute (NMI) and NATA, to design and test possible future regulatory frameworks.

KC2. Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Innovation Cycle

Industry often considers young hires to lack innovation and out of the box thinking with low problem-solving and decision-making capabilities. Skills for commercialising research will be acquired by ‘doing it’ in project teams during the cohort induction week. ‘It’ will include finances, business plans, intellectual property, ethics, how to encourage adoption of life-style choices or product-designs, and presenting to ‘Business Angels’ for funding. The projects will be designed for training purposes based on real examples from Partner Organisations. A Collaborative-Working sub-theme will include training in project management, team working, decision making, leadership in a science environment and will include an introductory session on drivers in academic and commercial organisations.

KC3. Advanced Quantitative Molecular Analysis in Commercial Environments

One-to-one project specific training will be complemented by students being required to complete 3 out of 4 theoretical modules in: statistics and experiment design; mathematical modelling; molecular modelling; bioinformatics; and managing big data. The Advanced Technique Workshops held at Macquarie University, ANSTO, Deakin University, University of South Australia, and Western Sydney University will be a key component of KC3.

KC4. Communication Skills for Science and BioTech

Communication in its diverse forms is predicted to remain a top skill for future workers, so FAAB students and Early Career Researchers will receive specific training in technical communication (written and verbal), traditional media, and how to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, blogs, YouTube, Biobricks) to support one’s career. 

Our training goal is to enable evidence-informed decision-making, and regulatory framework development for the complexities of bioactive products. All candidates also undertake a training programme in technical and transferable skills to prepare them to be future leaders of the Australian bioactives sector. The programme includes 12-months spent with an industry partner during their candidature.