John Balchunas is the Workforce Director for the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) where he is responsible for guiding strategy around workforce and talent development for a federally-funded public private partnership focused on transforming biopharmaceutical manufacturing. John’s career has largely centered around biopharma workforce and economic development. Prior to NIIMBL, John was responsible for business development and industry partnership for the professional development program at North Carolina State University’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC). Prior to BTEC, John served as the Director of Workforce Development for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech) for 10 years where he forged an array of partnerships with industry to understand and communicate biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce needs. John started his career as a technical writer in the biomanufacturing and medical diagnostic industries. John holds a Master of Science in Technical Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from North Carolina State University and was selected as a Marano Fellow in the Aspen Institute’s 2012-2013 Sector Skills Academy.