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ASPIRE on the Road Spring 2018

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ASPIRE on the Road will be taking trainees to visit Boston, MA. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will spend time with area biotechnology and pharma companies learning about career paths, hearing from key leadership, touring the facilities, and meeting with alumni.

Ten trainees will be selected to attend. Travel costs and accommodations will be covered by the ASPIRE Program for those selected to participate.

Co-sponsored by the the Dean of Basic Sciences, Larry Marnett, PhD, and Vanderbilt University Development and Alumni Relations.

ASPIRE On the Road is an initiative of the Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program aimed at broadening the training experiences of biomedical Ph.D. graduate students and postdocs by organizing site visits to companies and organizations to help our trainees make well-informed career decisions.

These site visits will provide postdoctoral fellows and graduate students the opportunity to learn about different career options by touring a variety of workplaces and meeting professionals in a range of roles.  We intend to arrange site visits at local biotech start-ups, clinical research organizations, healthcare accelerators, universities and more.


Wednesday May 2, 2018
Throughout the day  

Arrive in Boston

3:30pm-4:30 pm Biotech and Pharma Walking Tour of Cambridge Area
Thursday May 3, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm Amgen​, 360 Binney St., Cambridge, MA

  • Amgen overview and case studies illustrating examples of the science pursued at Amgen
  • Tour of Facility
  • Lunch and networking with Amgen scientists
1:00pm-4:40pm Merck, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

  • Merck Research Labs (MRL) Drug Discovery overview
  • MRL Business Development and Licensing overview
  • MRL postdoctoral fellowship program
  • site tour
5:30pm-7:30pm Boston-area Alumni Networking Reception
113 Dartmouth Street, Boston MA, 02116
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:30am-11:30am Pfizer, 1 Portland St., Cambridge, MA 02139

  • Breakfast and Overview of Pfizer Research and Development
  • Cardiovascular Disease, Inflammation/Immunology, and Clinical and Translational Imaging Research at Pfizer
  • Lab and Facilities Tours
  • Q/A Session with VU Alum at Pfizer
12:30pm-2:00pm Kymera Therapeutics, Hosted at Atlas Venture, 400 Technology Square,10th Floor, Cambridge, MA, 02139

  • Lunch with Kymera Therapeutics team members
  • Brief company overview presentation
  • Open discussion and Q&A
2:00pm-3:00pm Tour of LabCentral incubator lab space
700 Main St. N. Cambridge, MA 02139
4:30pm Departure for airport