Managing Science in the Biotech Industry – An intensive Course for Students and Postdocs
- July 11-16, 2016
Thinking of a Career in Industry?
- The course will introduce PhD scientists to the competencies they need to thrive in industry and will expose them to the culture and infrastructure of life sciences companies through MBA-style case-based teaching, professional development workshops, and a team-based project. Learn about the process through which academic science is commercialized, and gain invaluable insight into the way industry views scientific research. Learn about careers for scientists in industry, and how to best leverage your analytical PhD skill set!
- International and U.S. applicants are welcome. Advanced graduate students with at least three years of scientific research experience, postdocs, and non-tenure-track junior scientists within 7 years of graduating with their PhDs are eligible to apply.
What Does It Cost?
- The course costs $300, which includes tuition, curriculum materials, lunch Monday through Friday, and the closing reception on Saturday. An additional but optional accommodations package (though we encourage everyone to stay in the dorm together) of $500 per person includes a single room from Sunday, July 10 -Saturday, July 16 (checkout Saturday morning) in a nearby college dorm, daily shuttle to and from the KGI campus (Monday-Saturday am), breakfast Monday-Saturday, and dinner Sunday-Friday. Participants will be responsible for all travel costs for getting to and from Claremont, California.
- During the past two years, we were fortunate to get generous corporate support for the course, and we are continuing to search for ongoing support. In the meantime, due to high demand for the course, we decided to make it available in 2016 for a modest fee.
- KGI, a leading provider of professional education for scientists interested in business aspects of the life science industry, has conducted intensive courses similar to this one for the past three years.
Short Course on Biotech Management
- Morning sessions will introduce students to industry dynamics within the bioscience industry. Classes will include discussion oriented lectures and highly interactive MBA-style case studies exploring dilemmas faced by bioscience companies. Topics will include commercializing science, business models, market assessment, innovation management, and networks and entrepreneurship. We will also at times break the class into smaller groups to focus on short problem-solving exercises.
- Afternoons will be devoted to professional development. The program will feature round-robin style networking lunches, in which students will be able to meet scientists working in industry, who will share their insights into the journey from academia to industry. Afternoon sessions will feature professional development sessions, in which panels of industry guests and speakers will share in-depth information about industry R&D, career paths for scientists entering industry, and effective networking strategies.
- Participants will also take part in a fun but challenging team-based rapid prototyping project that will integrate technical and business deliverables. The goal of the project is to introduce participants to interdisciplinary team-work that is common within industry, along with project management and presentation skills.
Who should apply?
International and U.S. applicants interested in a career in the life science industries are welcome to apply. The course is designed for advanced graduate students and postdocs with at least three years of scientific research experience.
How to apply
You must be a member of the ASCB to apply. Not a member? Join now, then apply for the course as a member-applicant. You will need to submit: A personal statement (no more than one page or 500 words) answering this question: Why do you think industry is a better fit for you than academia, and how can this course help you achieve your desired career path? Your CV A recommendation letter from your advisor or another person of your choosing (you can upload the letter or during the application process you can choose an option to enable your advisor to upload the letter Questions? For additional information, contact Thea Clarke, Director of Communications and Education, American Society for Cell Biology, 8120 Woodmont Ave, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-347-9304. Keck Graduate Institute is located at 535 Watson Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.