Tentative 2020 Dates (Subject to Change): July 12-18

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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 seven years of graduating with their PhDs are eligible to apply.

What Does It Cost?

Registration for the course is $525, which includes tuition, curriculum materials, lunches, snacks, and several dinners. Accommodations at the Pitzer College dormitory (single rooms) is an additional $350, which includes six nights. Participants will be responsible for all travel costs to and from Claremont, CA (located in the greater Southern California area).

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. Participants will break into smaller groups to focus on short problem-solving exercises. Most afternoons will be devoted to professional development with panels of industry guests and speakers who 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 teamwork that is common within industry, along with project management and presentation skills.

Who should 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.

Applicants will be notified in mid-May whether they have been accepted into the course.

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.