On 5th – 6th October 2021, some of the leading figures within the global ATMP sector met at the Advanced Therapies Congress at the ExCeL in London. As one of the event sponsors, Next Phase hosted a roundtable discussion about the growing skills shortages in ATMP (which are broadly being experienced across other areas of the biotech sector as well). Skills shortages are quickly becoming the root of the largest issues these companies must face. The relative lack of people with specific skills is having a noticeable impact on companies’ ability to meet their growth objectives, as well as affecting organisations’ abilities to retain the best talent.
This report summarises the key points that were raised and discussed in the roundtable. As such, the content comes directly from the perspective of around 20 ATMP industry professionals, including representatives from the BIA, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult and a number of service organisations who specialise in this sector.