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A course offered by The American Society for Cell Biology
and Keck Graduate Institute, with generous funding from EMD Millipore

Keck-PicThinking about a career in industry?

The course will introduce PhD scientists to the competencies you need to thrive in industry and will expose you to the culture and infrastructure of life science companies through MBA- style case-based teaching, professional development workshops, and a team- based project. Learn how to conduct research in industry and how industry thinks about science. Learn to leverage your analytical PhD skill set! International and U.S. applicants are welcome. The course is designed for advanced graduate students and postdocs with at least three years of scientific research experience.

What Does the Scholarship Cover?

All 40 students accepted into the program will receive free tuition, roundtrip airfare reimbursement, housing in nearby dormitories, and daily continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

International and U.S. applicants are welcome. The course is designed for graduate students with approximately three years of scientific research experience and for postdocs.

Course Details

KGI, a leading provider of professional education for scientists interested in business aspects of the life science industry, has conducted intensive courses similar to this one for the past two years. ASCB member Ira Mellman, Vice President, Research Oncology, Genentech, is working with Steve Casper, Henry E. Riggs Professor of Management, KGI, to design the 2014 course.

Click to view the 2014 Course Schedule.


Short Course on Biotech Management

Introductory lectures and MBA-style business cases are designed to teach the organizational structures, business strategies, and financing of biotech companies.

Career-Oriented Workshops and Networking Events

Hands-on workshops will be held on networking, writing effective resumes, and applying for jobs. Career panels will introduce participants to opportunities in research, clinical and regulatory affairs, and management roles within biotech industries. In addition, a number of informal networking events will be held.

Team-Based Project

Teams of 4-5 participants will be assigned a project to gain experience in team work, project management, and project presentation to strengthen participants' analytic and business communication skills. Assignments will cover commercialization aspects of a novel life science product
and will include market analysis, clinical assessment, and competitive analysis.

How to 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 when enrollment is open.

You will need to submit:

  • A personal statement (no more than two pages) answering these questions: 1) Why are you interested in working in the life science industry? 2) How do you believe the course will help you make a career transition from academia to the bioscience industry? and 3) What relevant experiences will you bring to the course?
  • Your CV
  • A recommendation letter
  • Upload all as one PDF. 


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.