I will regularly report on our progress in this space, and welcome your thoughts and questions.

Our first UII phase consists of interviews with members of our academic advisory board.  These are designed to discover existing collaborations between the schools and companies.

Four of these have been completed, and here are highlights:

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) of Claremont, California, has been actively involved with the life science industry since its inception in 1997.  A cornerstone of KGI’s corporate partnerships is the Team Masters Project (TMP) program.  At the 2019 annual BSMA meeting, a KGI TMP team presented key aspects of its project.

The School of Pharmacy at University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles also provides capstone industry-sponsored experiential projects to students within its regulatory and quality science curriculum.  These address clinical, regulatory and quality  issues and the teams are composed of MS, PhD and PharmD students.

Long-time BSMA supporter Texas Christian University (TCU) hopes that the UII will help it reach more companies.  The Ft. Worth, Texas-based institution has organized and facilitated numerous BSMA webinars – especially during the COVID-19 environment.

A robust research program is maintained at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  That program is just completing a Department of Defense two year project designed to help integrate the medical supply chain for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Details of all these programs – plus information from our next round of interviews – will be forthcoming.

Watch this space!