Training for Success in Canada’s Regenerative Medicine Sector

Due to popular demand, a second installment of this career-focused training event is being offered. This event was oversubscribed in the first installment, so submit an application before Thursday, May 13, 2021 to be considered for a place.

Feedback from trainees who participated the first session:

 “The interactive session with panelists was extremely informative… [it was] valuable to hear from them strategies to navigate recruitment and the skill sets recruiters are looking for.”

“It has given me confidence in transitioning from academia.”

“This was a really excellent experience…The panelist session was excellent for putting things into perspective and providing a renewed sense of inspiration and optimism.”

Building the skills and knowledge essential for careers in the regenerative medicine sector is challenging. To help set our trainees up for success, SCN has partnered with BioTalent Canada, a leader in the human resource and technical training space in Canada’s bio-economy, to offer access to a series of Technical Skills Fundamentals online courses. These courses will provide SCN trainees with an introduction to the best practices and quality monitoring standards that are required for the clinical and commercial translation of cell and gene therapies. Course participants will also participate in an interactive online session featuring industry and academic experts who will describe the skillsets required for careers within the regenerative medicine sector.

This opportunity provides SCN trainees with:

  • Access to five one-hour online Technical Skills Fundamentals courses that can be taken during the defined study period.
  • Feedback on progress through a pre- and post-assessment for each course.
  • A certificate of completion for each course taken.
  • Access to an interactive online career insight session with an opportunity to pose career-related questions to industry and academic experts.

Learning Objectives
After completion of this training opportunity, participants will have:

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of scientific report writing, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP); and
  • Knowledge of the business, scientific, project management and communication skills required for careers within the regenerative medicine sector.

About the BioTalent Canada Courses:

  1. Scientific Report Writing Fundamentals

This prerequisite course for the GLP, GMP, QA/QC and GCP courses introduces the various types of report writing required in bio-economy workplaces across Canada. It reviews:

  • the importance of written science communication skills,
  • best practices and principles for writing reports, and
  • the specific reports encountered in GLP, GMP, QA/QC and GCP.
  1. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Fundamentals

Defines and puts into practice GLP while demonstrating:

  • how to incorporate it into all laboratory procedures,
  • how to complete a lab book,
  • different ways to properly use equipment and materials, and
  • the importance of following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  1. Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Fundamentals

Defines and puts into practice GMP while demonstrating how to:

  • incorporate it throughout the manufacturing process by following SOPs,
  • meet quality control requirements,
  • run an investigation, and
  • promote workplace health and safety.
  1. Quality Assurance/Quality Control Fundamentals

Defines and puts into practice QA /QC while demonstrating:

  • how they relate, how they differ and how they each apply,
  • the importance of following SOPs, and
  • key areas of health and safety and how to promote workplace health and safety.
  1. Good Clinical Practice Fundamentals

Defines and puts into practice GCP while demonstrating:

  • how to incorporate GCP into trials involving human subjects,
  • how to protect the rights and safety of clinical trial subjects,
  • how to ensure quality, integrity and reliability of data gathered from trials, and
  • how to follow GCP guidelines.

Who Should Apply?
This training opportunity is designed for highly qualified personnel working in the regenerative medicine field who are considering a career in the biotechnology or manufacturing sector or who want a better understanding of the processes to complement their own research practice. Applicants who wish to build their knowledge of the best practices and quality monitoring standards that are applied during commercial or clinical translation, as well as gain insights into the skillsets that are required for working within regenerative medicine careers more broadly should consider these courses. Note: Spaces are limited but access costs for this training opportunity will be covered by SCN for successful applicants who complete all components; a charge will be levied for applicants that do not complete the components or attend the sessions (see Conditions below for details).

Format and Dates
Successful applicants will be provided access to the BioTalent Canada online Technical Skills Fundamentals courses during the period May 31 to June 17, 2021. Applicants will be free to choose when they take the courses, but all five courses must be completed by end of day (participants time) Friday, February 19, 2021. The online interactive career session will be held during the week of June 21, 2021; the date will be communicated to successful applicants.

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (sender’s time) Thursday, May 13, 2021. Please follow the submission procedure listed below.

Application process:
Places on this online training event are limited; all those interested in participating must submit an application to participate in Training for Success in Canada’s Regenerative Medicine Sector. The application package includes the completed application form, the applicant’s CV and a letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor.

Selected applicants will be notified by Wednesday, May 26, 2021, and will be instructed on how to proceed with registration for this event.

Application Procedure:

  1. Complete the application form and return it, along with any additional documents required, by email to Rebecca Cadwalader (rcadwalader@stemcellnetwork.ca) by 11:59 p.m. (sender’s time) Thursday, May 13, 2021. An email acknowledging receipt will be issued within 24 hours of receipt by SCN. Should you fail to receive a confirmation of receipt email please contact Rebecca Cadwalader.
  2. The SCN Training & Education Committees will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.


  • Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. (sender’s time) Thursday, May 13, 2021.
  • Spaces are limited on this important training opportunity. SCN will cover the registration costs (paid directly to the organizers) of this event for applicants who attend all sessions and complete all elements of the online content in this training event within the designated period. For applicants that fail to attend all sessions or complete the course content a fee of $500 will be charged to their supervisor to cover the costs associated with delivering this training event.

Eligibility for the SCN Award:

  • Applicants must be a SCN trainee / highly qualified personnel (HQP) (i.e. a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician currently working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab.)
  • If you’re unsure whether you are a SCN HQP, please email Jon Draper (jdraper@stemcellnetwork.ca) for confirmation.
  • Applicants must be working on a research project related to stem cells.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate that they will apply the techniques learned at the course to their own research project or career within one year.

Participation Requirements:
Participants must have a computer with a microphone and a web camera, and a high-speed internet connection.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a place in this workshop, the recipient agrees to complete a post-event survey to provide feedback to SCN about this training opportunity and, that if requested by SCN, they will provide a report describing the value of the training opportunity. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to the government of Canada.

For further information on this workshop or for application related enquiries please contact Jon Draper (jdraper@stemcellnetwork.ca)

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