ASCB-KGI Biotech Course

A Week-Long Course offered by The American Society for Cell Biology and Keck Graduate Institute

July 8-14, 2018, Claremont, CA

2018 Applications Will Open in February 

quote2 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 7 years of graduating with their PhDs are eligible to apply. 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 sessions, 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! Keck Graduate Institute (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 five years.

What Does It Cost?

Exact costs for 2018 have not been decided but will be similar to 2017 costs, which were $870 for tuition, curriculum materials, accommodations, and lunches and several dinners. Participants will be responsible for all travel costs to and from Claremont, California (located in the greater Southern California area).

About the Course  quote1

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.

Of those attending the course in:

25 now have nonacademic jobs 6 are postdocs 4 have postdocs at biotech or pharma firms 3 are graduate students 2 have faculty positions
25 now have nonacademic jobs 7 are postdocs 1 is a pharma postdoc 1 is a biomedical engineer 6 are PhD candidates
17 now have nonacademic jobs 13 are postdocs 20 are PhD candidates

2017 Tentative Course Schedule

Morning Lunch Afternoon Evening
July 9  N/A  N/A Arrive in Claremont by 4:00 pm Informal Dinner – Get to Know Each Other
July 10 Academic Session: Commercializing Science Get to Know Project Participants Project Introduction Work on Project – Prototyping
July 11 Academic Session: Bioscience Business Models Work on Projects Industry Talk: How Science is Conducted in Industry Work on Projects – Prototyping
July 12 Academic Session: Market Assessment Industry Careers Panel Work on Project – Business Analysis
July 13 Academic Session: Innovation Management Industry Careers Panel Work on Project – Business Analysis
July 14 Academic Session: Networks and Entrepreneurship Work on Projects Industry Talk: Networking and Career Work on Project – Presentation
July 15 Academic Session: Formal Project Presentations (Ends at Noon)

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.

You Will Need to Submit Two Documents:

  • One document containing a personal statement followed by your CV. The personal statement should be no more than one page or 500 words and should answer 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?
  • 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.
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