The 2023 course will not be held due to a staffing shortage at ASCB. Check this site to find out when applications will open for the 2024 virtual course. 


Join this week-long, hands-on course 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 all the attendees from 2014-2020, about 70% now have jobs in industry, regulatory affairs, or tech transfer.

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

Course Dates:

June 13-17, 2022


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 is $250, reduced to $200 for each participant, thanks to generous support from Biogen. The fee includes tuition and all curriculum materials.


All scholarship have been applied to reduce course registration (see above).

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

Course Organizers:

This course is organized jointly by the American Society for Cell Biology, Keck Graduate Institute, and University of Massachusetts, Lowell, the Manning School of Business. The course is supported by Biogen and the Center for Advancing Point of Care Technologies


Of 45 participants, 19 now have industry jobs


Of 36 participants, 19 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 46 participants, 27 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 53 participants, 38 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 50 participants, 42 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 40 participants, 37 now have nonacademic/industry jobs


Of 42 participants 35 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

Tentative Course Schedule

Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
Attendee Intros Professional Development Workshop Bioentrepreneurship Bootcamp Career Panel Social Networks, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
Commercialization in Biotech Guest Speaker Guest Speaker
Career Panel/Breakout Rooms

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