ASCB-KGI Biotech Course

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

July 9-15, 2017, Claremont, CA

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Applications Will Open on February 14 and Will Close April 17


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 four years.

What Does It Cost?

The course registration fee is $300, which includes tuition and curriculum materials. An accommodations package is available for $570 per person, which includes a single room from Sunday, July 9 through Saturday, July 15 (checkout Saturday morning) in a nearby college dorm; morning coffee service Monday-Saturday; lunch and snacks daily Monday through Friday; a closing reception on Saturday; and dinner Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. As team projects may require collaborating well into the evening, we encourage all participants 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 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:

2014
25 now have nonacademic jobs
6 are postdocs
4 have postdocs at biotech or pharma firms
3 are graduate students
2 have faculty positions
2015
25 now have nonacademic jobs
7 are postdocs
1 is a pharma postdoc
1 is a biomedical engineer
6 are PhD candidates
2016
17 now have nonacademic jobs
13 are postdocs
20 are PhD candidates