More projects than people?

Don’t “back burner” problems or opportunities due to lack of professional resources. Delegate technical or business projects to a team of KGI graduate students. Your team will function as your external consulting group, enabling your organization to accomplish more in a given period of time… and freeing you for higher priority activity.

TMPs help your organization do more

The Team Master’s Project (TMP) at Keck Graduate Institute provides an opportunity for your company to tackle real-life needs and help address corporate objectives without having to invest in additional permanent assets. Your productivity is enhanced because you can manage multiple projects simultaneously.

An interdisciplinary team of students, working for several months—supervised by a KGI faculty member and in collaboration with your organization—delivers results on the project you identify.

The projects serve your corporate needs—as well as KGI’s pedagogical requirements for real world experiences that require students to draw upon their KGI coursework in science, engineering, and business.

Spanning the continuum from highly technical to highly business-oriented

KGI will work with you to help focus your project and maximize outcomes. Past projects vary greatly from science- to business-oriented and have included the following:

  • Development of a quantitative decision framework for the commercial integration of whole genome sequencing into the sponsor’s extensive service offerings
  • Recommended optimization strategy that balances internal v. external sourcing to help the company reduce a manufacturing bottleneck. The optimization strategy would minimally consider the following parameters: time, cost, resources, complexity, location, competency/expertise, communication, intellectual property, regulatory risk, quality and safety
  • Sponsor plan to relinquish several non-core pharmaceutical assets. This analysis (1) ascertained the current value of each program by reviewing competitors, stage of development, NPV of development and potential revenue, etc.; and (2) identified a list of targeted companies for potential partnerships, licensing deals, asset sales, etc.
  • Emergency technology early warning systems project their likely impact on future pharmaceutical markets. Specified technologies included diagnostics such as novel serological, cellular, histological, molecular, and genetic assays
  • Assessment of computational procedures commonly used to generate three-dimensional structures of small molecules and validation of same by comparing computer-generated and experimental structures
  • Development of software and hardware tools for image acquisition and analysis of sensitive protein and peptide separation results
  • Development and validation of novel methods for peptide and protein separations using the sponsor’s proprietary system

Innovative Solutions to Real World Problems

KGI takes the task of a TMP seriously, regarding the project as the capstone experience for graduates of our Master of Business and Science program. The TMP replaces the traditional master’s thesis work.

By sponsoring a TMP, your organization benefits from:

  • The opportunity to enjoy expanded management bandwidth without having to invest in additional permanent managerial assets
  • A chance to address a specific opportunity or solve a problem that might otherwise have been relegated to a lower priority
  • An integrated business/science perspective that more comprehensively analyzes a situation and recommends an action plan
  • The opportunity for managers to oversee decision-making, project management, technology exploration, business analysis, and more with “best and brightest” students in the bioscience industry.
  • The advantage of additional management experiences for one of your firm’s newer managers
  • The opportunity to tap into the abilities of KGI graduate students – some of the brightest talent in the US.

The Team

Tomorrow’s bioscience business leaders working on your project today

Your project will be managed by a team of three to five advanced graduate students. Focused and highly capable, our students have backgrounds in biology, bioengineering, chemistry, physics, medicine, and more. 

Typically, student teams manage TMPs from fall through spring semesters contributing approximately 2,000 hours in aggregate to your project. Additionally, a subset of team members can work as summer interns to jump-start the full project prior to the fall kickoff.

The student team—in collaboration with the faculty advisor and corporate liaison—develops a project plan that details milestones, accountabilities, deliverables, and timelines. While this plan guides the team’s efforts over the life of the project, it is frequently updated to reflect changing information and marketplace dynamics.

Corporate liaison

Each sponsoring organization identifies at least one internal champion to collaborate with the team over the life of the project. This liaison helps monitor and guide team progress, and serves as the gateway to the rest of the organization.

The team and liaison will establish a regular communications schedule (for example, weekly phone conferences) as well as short- and long-term milestones and deliverables.

In addition to solid knowledge of the project topic, the liaison should possess good communication skills, candor, and an interest in collaborating with highly skilled, highly energetic graduate students.

KGI faculty advisors

Our interdisciplinary faculty has current research and business experience in numerous areas. 

Meet our faculty