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ASPIRE Internship: Pendant Biosciences, Business Development Intern, Nashville, TN

Posted by on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized .

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

Pendant Biosciences, Inc.
(Formerly Nanoferix, Inc.)

Business Development Intern

Nashville, TN 

Pendant Biosciences is an early-stage Nashville, TN- based life sciences company focused on developing surface coating and drug delivery technologies through a polymer-based platform.  They are initially focused on developing applications for the orthopedic market.

Pendant Biosciences, founded in 2012 by Shawn Glinter, CEO, was initially built off of technology licensed from Vanderbilt University. Since then, research and development activities have been conducted with an academic collaborator and partner, Christine Allen, Ph.D., Professor and GSK Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Toronto. 

Most recently, Pendant Biosciences announced that they have been invited to join the Johnson and Johnson Innovation’s JLABS Incubator in Toronto.  The JLABS facility in Toronto is a 40,000-square foot center where start-up companies in medtech can develop their technologies without J&J taking an equity stake in the companies. This will give Pendant Biosciences access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation network, industry experts with unparalleled translational research and commercialization experience, as well as key life science investors.

Pendant Biosciences is seeking a graduate or postdoctoral fellow intern to assist them with one of several potential projects which is not limited to, but may include:


  • Providing support with SBIR grant writing
  • Identifying and assisting in the development of additional grant applications
  • Developing formal business presentations
  • Mapping out a regulatory pathway for the company
  • Assist in the development of a white paper
  • Develop predictive analytics tool -minimally viable product for testing and assessment


  • Internship would be from appx June/July- August/September, 2017 (10-12 weeks, with the possibility of extension pending evaluation)
  • Appx 8 hours per week.
  • Internship will be paid at $15.00 per hour
  • Chemistry or Biomedical Engineering background preferred (Experience with drug delivery/polymer chemistry a plus)
  • Experience in Business and Entrepreneurship a plus (i.e participation in an ASPIRE business module or Tech Commercialization module, Tech Venture Challenge, prior experience in a start-up environment etc…)

Growth Opportunities:

  • Gain exposure to the culture of a life sciences start-up; attend meetings with the team, learn about the challenges and opportunities of getting an early stage life sciences company off the ground, observe the many hats worn by members of an early-stage endeavor.
  • Learn from an experienced, successful, serial entrepreneur in the life sciences space
  • Make connections with business and biotech leaders in the local life sciences entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Assist with helping the company achieve immediate milestones
  • Broaden experience beyond the bench to learn about new opportunities available to PhD Scientists
  • Expand knowledge base in areas of business, marketing, regulatory, and IP

We seek individuals with the following characteristics: 

  • Creative, ambitious & energetic self-starter
  • Interest in business and entrepreneurship in the life sciences
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing circumstances and goals

Applications due by noon, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

To apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (
  • Submit a resume and cover letter to Ashley Brady at  In the cover letter, explain the project that most appeals to you and why. (Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_Pendant_Su 2017  in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Internship: Pendant)
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline

Your information will then be passed along to the company who will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (


Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted. 
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.




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