ASCB-KGI Biotech Course

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

July 11-16, 2016, Claremont, CA

Applications Due by April 15

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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 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! 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 three years.

What Does It Cost?

During the past two years, we were fortunate to obtain generous corporate support for the course, and we are continuing to search for ongoing support. In the meantime, due to high demand for the course, we decided to make it available in 2016 for a modest fee to 50 people. The course registration fee is $300, which includes tuition, curriculum materials, lunch Monday through Friday, and a closing reception on Saturday. An additional accommodations package is available for $500 per person, which includes a single room from Sunday, July 10 through Saturday, July 16 (checkout Saturday morning) in a nearby college dorm, daily transportation to and from the KGI campus (Monday-Saturday am), breakfast Monday-Saturday, and dinner Sunday-Friday. As team projects may require collaborating well into the evening, we encourage participant to take advantage of this package. 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 also break into smaller groups to focus on short problem-solving exercises. Afternoons will be devoted to professional development. The program will feature round-robin style networking lunches, in which students will be able to meet scientists working in industry, who will share their insights into the journey from academia to industry. Afternoon sessions will feature professional development sessions, in which panels of industry guests and speakers 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.

2016 Preliminary Course Schedule

Morning Lunch Afternoon Evening
Sunday, July 10  N/A  N/A Arrive in Claremont Informal Dinner – Get to Know Participants
Monday, July 11 Academic Session: Commercializing Science Get to Know Project Participants Project Introduction Work on Project – Prototyping
Tuesday, July 12 Academic Session: Bioscience Business Models Work on Projects Industry Talk: How Science is Conducted in Industry Work on Projects – Prototyping
Wednesday, July 13 Academic Session: Market Assessment Round-Robin Networking Lunch Industry Careers Panel Work on Project – Business Analysis
Thursday, July 14 Academic Session: Innovation Management Round-Robin Networking Lunch Industry Careers Panel Work on Project – Business Analysis
Friday, July 15 Academic Session: Networks and Entrepreneurship Work on Projects Industry Talk: Networking and Career Work on Project – Presentation
Saturday, July 16 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:

  • 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.
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