Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, offers a Certificate in Bioscience Management (CBM) that is a unique and exciting opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows with backgrounds in the sciences to acquire the business, management, and networking skills needed to successfully transition into the life sciences industry. The CBM allows current PhD students and working postdoctoral fellows to earn this valuable certificate on-site or online.

The goal of this certificate program is to offer supplemental education to scientists interested in pursuing careers in the applied life sciences industry, or who are interested in learning about the process for commercial development of new therapies. Program participants will be able to take advantage of many of KGI’s extensive networking opportunities on campus and in key metro areas throughout the nation, allowing students to meet industry leaders and alumni working in the applied life sciences today. These events take place throughout the year and all of the online participants have access to many of these invaluable opportunities.

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Program Quick Facts

Program length
It takes two semesters (one year) to complete the certificate.
Full or part-time program
The CBM program is a part-time program.
Online or in-person classes
Students have the option of taking classes online or in-person.

CBM Program Details

  • Scientists with business training will be better prepared to move into managerial positions within companies as their careers progress. Academic scientists routinely participate in entrepreneurial ventures to commercialize technologies developed in their labs.

  • CBM courses at KGI focus specifically on the unique business environment within the life sciences. Learn more.

  • PhD students and postdoctoral fellows studying life sciences or engineering.

    • Operations
    • Marketing
    • Manufacturing
    • Bioprocessing
    • Biostatistics
    • Compliance
    • Portfolio Management
    • Human Resources
    • Bioinformatics
    • Finance
    • Medical Affairs
    • Project Management
    • Customer Relations
    • Venture Capital
    • Business Development
    • Sales or Sales Support
    • Supply Chain Managment
"Thanks to the CBM training, I was able to earn significantly more interviews than the traditional PhD candidate. This allowed me to have a real choice in deciding where I wanted to work and eventually land, what I believe, is close to a dream job situation."
Alexander Duncan
Biotechnology Equity Research Associate, Piper Jaffray
Certificate in Bioscience Management, '17

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