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Building Bridges between Academia and Industry


We invite you to American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) Early Career Meeting “Building Bridges Between Academia and Industry”, which will be held on November 20th from 3-7PM in partnership with graduate students and postdoctoral organizations from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Jefferson University.

With <10% of PhD holders ending up in academic careers, this event will allow graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to understand the breadth of industry opportunities available to them, learn about transferable skills gained during graduate/medical school, and provide the opportunity to network with industry professionals and recruiters.

The meeting will provide:
1. A platform for information exchange and discussions about transferable skills gained during graduate/medical school
2. A venue for networking with industry professionals
3. An opportunity to recruit top graduate students and postdocs in the Philadelphia region
4. Increased awareness of careers outside of academia and exposure to the exciting work of sponsoring companies


George D. Behrakis Grand Hall
Inside the Creese Student Union Complex
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Entrance to the left of Joe's Coffee on Chestnut Street between 31st and 32nd

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REGISTRATION: http://tiny.cc/buildingbridges

Registration opens Tuesday, October 15th at 9:00AM
Register by 11:59PM Friday, November 15th

Registration includes coffee breaks and networking reception with wine, beer and heavy hors d'oeuvres

$5 – Sponsoring Graduate Students, Postdocs & ASCB Members
$10 – All Other Graduate Students and Postdocs
$15 – All Other Guests


2:30 – 3:00PM Check In & Coffee
3:00 – 3:30PM Keynote Speaker
3:30 – 4:15PM Blitz Career Talks: Speakers 1-4
4:15 – 4:30PM BREAK
4:30 – 5:15PM Blitz Career Talks: Speakers 5-8
5:15 – 5:45PM Speakers Q&A
5:45 – 7:00PM Roundtable Reception & Networking

BLITZ CAREER TALKS: Invited industry professionals will give a 10-minute blitz presentation on their career path within industry followed by Q&A. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the industry professionals during the roundtable reception and networking portion.

ROUNDTABLE RECEPTION: Attendees will have the opportunity to partake in a roundtable discussion with speakers, panelists and additional industry professionals during the reception. Roundtable topics will include professional development, career coaching, transferrable skills and various career pathway topics (medical affairs, consulting, business and development, research-based, etc.)
Roundtable participants TBA


Zahed Subhan, PhD Teaching Professor, Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University
“Making the Leap: When, How, and Why a Career in the Biopharma Industry May Be Right For You”

Introduction by Donna De Carolis, PhD, founding Dean of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship and the Silverman Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Drexel University


David W. Anderson, PhD, CNS Research Lead at Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
Josa Hanzlik, PhD, PMP, Biocompatibility Specialist IV Contractor at Kimberly Clark
Elise Lewis, PhD, Senior Director of Toxicology at Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Helena Lucente, PhD, Business Development Manager at Ximbio
José Rodríguez Molina, PhD, Technical Sales Specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific
Michael Nasso, PhD, Vice President of Cell Engineering at Century Therapeutics
Rob Ring, PhD, Chief Executive Offer at Kaerus Bioscience Limited
Ryan Wyrofsky, PhD, Medical Writer at Red Nucleus


Gold Sponsors ($2,000)
The Cotswold Foundation
University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs and Biomedical Postdoctoral Council
Includes members of the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, The Wistar Institute and Monell Chemical Senses Center

Silver Sponsors ($1,000)
American Society of Cell Biology
Drexel University Office of Research and Innovation
Thomas Jefferson University

Bronze Sponsors ($500)
Drexel University Alumni Association
Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences
University of Pennsylvania Cell and Developmental Biology Department
University of Pennsylvania Microbiology Department

Special thank you to ASCB and all of our sponsors!


Questions? Contact the planning committee at buildingbridges1120@gmail.com


If you would like to request accommodations for your visit, please contact Drexel Disability Resources at 215-895-1401 or disability@drexel.edu. We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advanced notice for these requests.


November 20 EST
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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