Biotech Courses

Applications are now closed for 2019

Join one of these week-long, hands-on courses to help you transition to a job in biotech or pharma. Discover the commercial side of science, network, and  learn interdisciplinary skills through a team project. On average, more than 50% of past attendees have ended up with non-academic jobs in industry, regulatory affairs, or tech transfer. Scholarships ranging from $200-$400 are available.

Who Should Apply?

  • PhD students, graduate 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 condensed, brief overview of the biomedical business world and how they can fit in

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, Lowell, MA, offered by the American Society for Cell Biology and University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Manning School of Business. 2 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854

West Coast: July 7-13, Claremont, CA, offered by the American Society for Cell Biology and Keck Graduate Institute. 535 Watson Drive, Claremont, CA 91711

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 two years of scientific research experience
  • Postdocs
  • Non-tenure-track junior scientists within approximately 7 years of graduating with a PhD


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 ranging from $200-$400, 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 these two 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

(We have removed the requirement for an advisor letter of recommendation.)

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


Tentative 2019 KGI Course Schedule

(this will be fully updated soon)

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
Commercialization of Science Market Assessment Bioscience Business Models Bioscience Business Strategy /Innovation Social Networks and Entrepreneurship Project Presentations
Lunch Lunch
Career  Development Workshop
Lunch and Talk by Andrey Shaw, Genentech Lunch and
Career Panel
Lunch and Talk by Judy Heyboer Travel Home
Project introduction Work on Projects Work on Projects Work on Projects Work on Projects