The fully online, five-week Biotech Careers Speaker Series (BCSS) summer program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, will introduce students to potential careers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other biomedical industries.

Those participating will learn about a wide range of career alternatives from young professionals working in these industries, drawn from more than 700 alumni of KGI’s pathbreaking Master of Business and Science (MBS) program. The program shares speakers with the Careers Beyond the Bench (CBB) summer program and is designed for those earlier in their career planning (such as lower-division students), as well as those who (due to work or other factors) cannot commit to the full-time CBB program.

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The BCSS program will be held June 14-July 16 from 12-1 p.m. PST. After an opening session, industry veterans will talk about different careers each week on Tuesday and Thursday. These speakers represent a range of functional responsibilities, biomedical products and company sizes. The series will conclude with a closing session discussion career strategies for biomedical industry professionals.

2021 Biotech Careers Speaker Series

Career Topic
June 14
Prof. Joel West and Prof. Krishna Kumar
June 15
Daniel Lee, Atara Bio
June 17
Swati Kadam, Adaptive Biotechnologies
June 22
Project Management
Jordan Hanson, Abbott
June 24
Ben Axler, DRI Capital
June 29
Stephen Chang, Syneos
July 1
No speaker
July 6
Carl Decker, Ascendis Pharma
July 8
Rebecca Schell, GlycoMimetics
July 13
Mike Choy, Coherus BioSciences
July 15
Market Access
Gene Chieh, CBPartners
July 16
Career Strategies
Prof. Krishna Kumar and Prof. Joel West

A schedule of videoconference links will be provided to all registered BCCS students.

What You Will Learn

Participants will learn about career alternatives in the biomedical industries to plan their educational and career choices better. Through the interactions and discussions with these KGI alumni, students will appreciate the day-to-day activities and challenges associated with careers in a specific area.

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Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Application Deadline

    • June 10

    Application Requirements 

    An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:

    • Resume
    • Transcripts
      • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for evaluation purposes. Official transcripts are not required for admission but may be substituted for unofficial transcripts for admission review.

    Application Review

    The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and senior administrators who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • The program is designed for any student interested in learning more about careers in biotechnology and other biomedical industry firms. While seniors and recent graduates should consider the more intensive Careers Beyond the Bench (CBB) summer program, the BCSS program is suitable for those students who only have 3-4 hours/week and thus cannot commit to the CBB full-time participation requirements.

  • Free of charge. Participants are responsible for having a personal computer with broadband Internet access.