Technical Floaters: an Innovative Way to Increase Retention


As a company that provides biomedical research support to government, academic and corporate clients, we face the challenge of maintaining a stable workforce while encouraging promotion from within.

To address this challenge we created a technical floater program that provides trained staff, referred to as Program Support Specialists (PSS), throughout all of our facilities. Faced with shrinking budgets and increasingly diverse job requirements, employers must demonstrate creativity and innovative strategies to attract and retain talented staff.



MICHELLE B ECKSTEIN has worked in the laboratory animal industry for almost a decade and manages a team of Program Support Specialists within SoBran. She is an LVT, RLATG and has a BS in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech.

BRADLEY FISHER is the Director of Government Operations for SoBran BioScience and has 20 years of experience in the animal laboratory field with an emphasis in management and training. Brad provides operational oversight, business development, and strategic planning for a multitude of DHHS and DoD biomedical research contracts. He is a Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR), and a Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG). In addition to membership in AALAS, ICPM and LAMA, he has served as NCAB AALAS Awards Chair and on the NCAB AALAS Seminar Committee.