Biotech Courses

A virtual course is being held in 2020. See below for 2021 dates. Applications will open in early 2021 and close April 30.


Join one of these week-long, hands-on courses to help you transition to a job in biotech, medtech, or pharma. Discover the business side of science, network, and  learn interdisciplinary skills through a team project. Of the 182 attendees in 2014-2017, 67% now have jobs in industry, regulatory affairs, or tech transfer. Scholarships ranging from $200-$400 are available.

We are aiming for 50 attendees in each course. Applications close April 30.

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 building networks and entrepreneurship.
  • Learn about career paths for scientists in industry, and how to leverage your analytical PhD skill set for a professional career
  • Make connections with industry guests and like-minded course participants
  • Learn interdisciplinary teamwork through a team project
  • Get advice on building a resume, dissecting job postings, and landing job interviews


East Coast:  June 6-June 12, 2021, 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 11-17, 2021, 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


The registration fee for the course will be posted in late 2020. The fee includes tuition, curriculum materials, lunches, snacks, several dinners, and dorm accommodations for six nights. Participants are responsible for all travel to and from both locations.


Thanks to generous support from Biogen, partial scholarships will be available ranging from $200-$400, with priority given to those with the greatest need.

Application Procedure:

  • You do not need to be an ASCB member to apply, but you will need to become an ASCB member if you are accepted into the course.
  • In the application you will be asked to briefly describe (350 words or less) why you think industry is a better fit for you than academia and how this course can help you.


Of 46 participants, 19 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 53 participants, 28 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 50 participants, 36 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 40 participants, 35 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 41 participants 34 now have nonacademic/industry jobs

The Biotech Course was a fantastic experience. It helped me understand how business decisions are made in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries by introducing key concepts in business development, marketing, commercialization, social networks and entrepreneurship. More importantly, I got to know and work with many truly amazing people who are also trying to make a transition from academia to industry.”

–Lin Hao

“The Biotech Course is very helpful for whoever's looking to transition into industry. And it’s reassuring that a lot of people are in the same boat as you. What wonderful people! Lots learnt. Lots more to go.”

–Aditi Chaubey

“My postdoc attended the ASCB West Coast Biotech [in 2019]. He has been interested in transitioning to biotech for a couple of years now. He had applied for several jobs prior to the course, but lacking an inside perspective and the right advice had not been successful. Within a few weeks of the ASCB biotech course he obtained a position through someone he met at the course. Thank you very much—very useful.”

—Karen Oegema, University of California, San Diego

Course Schedule

Sunday Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
Commercialization of Science Market Assessment Bioscience Business Models Bioscience Business Strategy /Innovation Social Networks and Entrepreneurship Travel Home
Lunch Lunch and
Career  Development Workshop
Lunch and Speaker Lunch and
Career Panel
Lunch and Talk
Networking Reception and Dinner Project introduction Work on Projects Work on Projects Work on Projects Present Projects

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