ASCB Newsletter Dec 2013 - page 6

Entirely scholarship-based, 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
science companies through MBA-style case-
based teaching, professional development
workshops, and a team-based project.
Attendees will learn how to conduct research
in industry, how industry thinks about science,
and how to leverage their analytical PhD skill
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. 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.
KGI, a leading provider of professional
education for scientists interested in business
aspects of the life science industry, offers
several graduate level programs and has
conducted intensive courses similar to this
one for the past two years. ASCB member Ira
Mellman, Vice President, Research Oncology,
Genentech, together with Steve Casper, Henry
E. Riggs Professor of Management, KGI, are
leading the efforts to design the 2014 course.
Course Details
Introductory lectures and MBA-style
business case studies are designed to teach
students about the organizational structures,
business strategies, and financing of biotech
companies. 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. Teams of four to five
participants will be assigned a project to
give them experience in team work, project
management, and project presentation and 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
How to Apply
You must be a member of the ASCB (or a
member-applicant) to apply. Apply online at
. To apply 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 these documents as one PDF. The
deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.
All applicants will be notified by March 15,
2014. Questions? Contact ASCB Director of
Communications and Education Thea Clarke
—Thea Clarke
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