The fully online, Summer Speaker Series 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. The program shares speakers from various backgrounds 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 summer program. To participate, students will need to register on the KGI events webpages.

2022 Program Dates

  • The Summer Speaker Series will be held from June 14-August 5, 2022 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12-1 p.m. PT.

Speakers will have expertise in the fields of consulting, clinical and regulatory affairs, finance, marketing, operations/supply chain, chemistry, manufacturing, controls, clinical trials; quality, market access/reimbursement, regulatory affairs, and project management. Those interested in KGI’s Master of Business and Science program or biotech in general are encouraged to join on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while those interested in other areas are encouraged to join on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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.

Speakers and Presentations

  • June 15–Transactions and Collaboration in the Life Sciences – Paola Hernandez, PhD, MBS, Manger, Business Operations at Loxo Oncology, Inc.
  • June 17–Sara Herrmann
  • June 22–Truth about Leadership in Medical School Admissions – Joon Kim, EdD, Senior Director & Instructor of Postbaccalaureate Programs at Keck Graduate Institute
  • June 24–Ezra Yu
  • June 29–Anna Hickerson
  • July 1–Rebecca Schell
  • July 6–Beyond the Bench Science: Clinical Development in Biotechnology – Carl Decker
  • July 8–Nicholas Ventura
  • July 13–Bioprocessing: The Star in the Backstage of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Carolina Moraes de Souza
  • July 15–Juan Aponte-Ubillus
  • July 20–What Is Community Pharmacy – Jesse Perez, PharmD ’18, Pharmacist at Riverside & San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. (hybrid session)
  • July 22–Jonathan Baan Naab
  • July 27–Ana Mena
  • July 29–Biopharma Project Management: Steps to Get Started – Divij Gulati, MBS ’21, Supply Chain Specialist, Site Planning, Gilead & Steven Perez
  • August 3–LARTA Institute
  • August 5–Samya El Kettani

Application Procedures and Requirements

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