Bridging the Talent Gap: Reporting on Year 2

Building on the ongoing success of OBIO’s Health to Business Bridge (H2BB™) program, this report reflects on the success of H2BB in pulling top talent into Ontario’s health science industry to close the talent gape identified by 96% of Ontario’s health science company CEOs.

In 2017, OBIO released Bridging the Talent Gap which was based on consultations with participants in the then-recently launched H2BB early career talent development program.

H2BB was conceived and designed in response to the health science industry need for business talent to take companies through successful commercialization. The program partners with academic institutions to provide critical exposure to the health science industry as well as workplace learning and experience that augment fact and theory delivered in the classroom. H2BB was originally intended for students and recent graduates with STEM undergraduate training and post-graduate training in business.

Bridging the Talent Gap: Reporting on Year 2 describes the results of the first seven cohorts of early career talent that has completed the program.

Overall, in just two short years, H2BB has seen impressive growth and success. Over 100 students and recent graduates have pursued the program and both companies and academic institutions continue to sign on. These numbers demonstrate how the program is addressing a gap in learning and a need in industry. Most significant however are the number of eligible students who have found jobs and begun building their careers. H2BB has created awareness of the industry, attracted some of the best and brightest, and established new openings for employment.

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