FAU, Sancilio address worker shortage with graduate course


The growth of Palm Beach County’s biotech sector has been hampered in part by a lack of workers skilled in the specialized sector.

Here’s one solution: Scientists from Riviera Beach-based Sancilio & Co. are teaching a graduate course, “Biological Sciences 4930: Drug Development and Regulation,” on Florida Atlantic University‚Äôs Jupiter campus this semester.

“With 28 current job openings, the company typically has to search outside the state to fill these positions,” FAU said Thursday in a news release. “Students who participate in the course attend lectures by Sancilio & Co. scientists and also receive hands-on laboratory experience learning how to prepare and analyze pharmaceutical solutions. The course also provides them with industry knowledge and background on FDA regulations.”

To take the course, FAU students must have a background in biology and chemistry. Sancilio is a maker of fish-oil pills.

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