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Online Course to Help Postdocs Transition to Biotech

Posted by on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in Workshops and Seminars .

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is offering a week-long, virtual course to help postdocs transition to a job in biotech, medtech, or pharma. They will discover the business side of science, network, and learn interdisciplinary skills through a team project. Of all the attendees from 2014-2020, nearly 70% now have jobs in industry, regulatory affairs, or tech transfer.

Date: June 13 – June 17, 2022, 1:00-5:00 pm EDT

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 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

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.

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
  • Application Deadline: April 30

The application is straightforward, and the only stipulation is that once applicants have been accepted they must become an ASCB member. Click here for more information and to apply.

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.

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