Biotech Courses

Transition to a Biotech Career: A Course for Students & Postdocs

Join one of these week-long courses to help you transition to a job in biotech or pharma. On average, more than 50% of past attendees have ended up with non-academic jobs in industry, regulatory affairs, or tech transfer.

Who Should Apply?

  • PhD students and postdocs in health, science, and medical programs who wish to explore opportunities to implement their expertise in a biomedical business career
  • Academics in the health/medical areas who are looking for a condense, brief overview of the biomedical business world and how they can fit in

2019 Biotech Courses

East Coast: June 2-8, Lowell, MA, offered by the American Society for Cell Biology and University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Manning School of Business, with support from Biogen

West Coast: July 7-13, Claremont, CA, offered by the American Society for Cell Biology and Keck Graduate Institute, with support from Biogen

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Course Details

Course Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of how science is conducted and commercialized in industry through case study analysis and group problem-solving exercises. Topics will include commercializing science, business models, market assessment, innovation management, and networks and entrepreneurship.
  • Learn about careers for scientists in industry, and how to best leverage your analytical PhD skill set for a professional career
  • Network with industry guests and other course participants
  • Learn interdisciplinary teamwork through a team project


East Coast: June 2-8, 2019 (must arrive June 2 and leave no earlier than late afternoon on June 8)

West Coast: July 7-13, 2019 (must arrive July 7 and leave no earlier than late afternoon on July 13)

Who Is Eligible to Apply:

All are welcome to apply (international and U.S.), though the course is primarily designed for the following:

  • Graduate students with at least three years of scientific research experience
  • Postdocs
  • Non-tenure-track junior scientists within approximately 7 years of graduating with a PhD


East Coast: University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Manning School of Business, 2 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854

West Coast: Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA, 535 Watson Drive, Claremont, CA 91711


Registration for the course is $875, which includes tuition, curriculum materials, lunches, snacks, several dinners, and dorm accommodations (single rooms) for six nights. Participants are responsible for all travel to and from both locations.


Thanks to support from Biogen, partial scholarships will be available, with priority given to those with the greatest need.

Application Procedure:

  • You must be an ASCB member to apply. Join now, then apply for the course as a member applicant.
  • Submit three documents with your application:

1) An essay that 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?

2) A CV

3) A recommendation letter from your advisor or another person of your choosing.

Of those attending the course in:

16 have nonacademic/industry jobs
2 have pharma postdocs
have faculty positions


28 have nonacademic/industry jobs
3 have faculty positions
1 is a biomedical engineer


33 have nonacademic/industry jobs
1 has a postdoc in pharma
1 is an MD/PhD
1 is a biomedical engineer
1 has a faculty position


30 have nonacademic/industry jobs
1 is an MD
4 have faculty positions


Contact Thea Clarke, ASCB Director of Communications and Education, via email or phone at 301-347-9304


2018 Course Schedule

(this will be updated for 2019 later)

Commercialization of Science
Steve Casper
Market Assessment
Scott Motyka
Bioscience Business Models
Steve Casper
Bioscience Business Strategy /Innovation
Joel West
Social Networks and Enterpreneurship
Denise Dunlap
Project Presentations
Lunch and talk by Andrew Shaw, Genentech Lunch
Career Panel
Lunch and talk by Judy Heyboer Lunch
Career Panel
Lunch Travel Home
Project introduction Work on Projects Work on Projects Work on Projects Work on Projects