One-Day Biotech Mini-Course

Apply Now

Apply via Annual Meeting registration but you do NOT have to attend Annual Meeting to attend biotech course.
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus
835 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
8:00 am-5:00 pm
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) are partnering to offer a one-day course for graduate students and postdocs on December 2, 2016, the day before the ASCB Annual Meeting. The course will help basic scientists become more competitive for jobs in biotech, pharma, and industry.


Designed for graduate students and postdocs, the course will introduce students to bioscience commercialization processes through case study analysis and group problem-solving exercises.

8:00 am-12:00 pm—Introduction to Bioscience Business

The morning session will introduce students to bioscience industry dynamics and commercialization processes. Students will learn about processes by which scientific discoveries are translated into bioscience ventures, as well as common business strategies within the industry. The session will be highly interactive, combining short introductory lectures with discussions of bioscience industry cases. The case discussions will draw upon MBA-style case analysis using Harvard Business School teaching cases. We will also at times break the class into smaller groups to focus on short problem-solving exercises.

Presenter: Steve Casper, PhD, Henry E. Riggs Professor Management and Dean of the School of Applied Life Sciences, KGI

12:00-2:00 pm

Networking lunch with representatives from local biotech companies (light lunch provided). Alexis Dunkle and Sara Gierke at Genentech, Carlos Solorzano at Oppenheimer, Alan Liu at ZS Associates, Mira Chaurushiya at 5AM Ventures, Matthew Cook at Boston Consulting Group, Kalpith Ramamoorthi and Thanna Rajapakse at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bill Dowdle at Denali, and Vasanth Ramamurthy at Promidian are among those who will be attending the networking lunch.

2:00 pm-5:00 pm—The Business of Science—Combining Your Scientific, Business, and Social Skills to Make You “Business-Ready” and Competitive for a Professional Career

  • What Can I Be with a PhD? Learn the different career paths available and the kinds of institutions that value PhDs.
  • Developing Your Career Plan. Apply “What you can be with a PhD” to re-evaluate career choices and learn to build and leverage your network to identify critical skills.
  • Researching Job Requirements. Teams will research job descriptions for real positions you desire to identify critical technical business and social skills and relate those to your own accomplishments. Developing Targeted Resumes. Develop a targeted resume that matches your technical business and social skill accomplishments to job-specific requirements.
  • Preparing for Interviews. Research your company, your job, and the interviewers. Prepare for the tough questions. Learn to shift from “expert” to “learner” and apply effective communications

Presenters: Randall Ribaudo, PhD, and Larry Petcovic, co-founders, SciPhD (a company that specializes in helping scientists prepare for professional careers)


Registration for the mini-course is capped at 100 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $125, which includes tuition, curriculum material, and a networking lunch. If you register and are unable to attend, please notify us by November 18 and we will refund all but a $25 cancellation fee. Unfortunately we cannot refund registration fees after November 18.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Szalinski at


Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedInPin on PinterestEmail this to someone