Category: Beyond the Bench

To science and beyond!

Beyond the Bench focuses on life after the benchtop. Say, you’ve finished with graduate school or your post doc and want to move on to other careers. What kind of jobs are available? How do you develop other skills that go beyond the bench? Here, we highlight different resources to help you discover different trajectories in science!

From Discovery in the Lab to Medical Product: Customer Discovery, Part II

As I mentioned in Part 1 of my series “From Discovery in the Lab to Medical Product”, I’m interested in sharing what I’ve learned through classwork and some real-life experience about medical product commercialization. In the first post, I covered the importance of protecting intellectual property and how that is done with a patent. Here I am going to cover what happens after a patent is granted but before a startup is launched.   Let’s say I work with the OTT to patent my idea for a bone healing device and, since the funding situation isn’t the best right now, I decide to...

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From Discovery in the Lab to Medical Product: Intellectual Property, Part I

Remember the school house rock song about how a bill becomes a law? Ever considered instead how a discovery in the lab becomes a medical product? Like many scientists, my commitment to research is motivated by my desire to make an impact in disease treatment. Until recently though, I was entirely ignorant as to how research findings actually get to the clinic. To rectify this, I probably took an overly ambitious approach. First, I enrolled in a course at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, titled Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences. At the same time, my classmate and now business partner,...

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Job Interviewing Advice from Experts: Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of my summary from the panel discussion at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering’s(ISPE) Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences Showcase entitled, “Engineering a Blockbuster Career.” This panel was full of practical job hunting and interviewing advice so if you missed the first part of the summer, check it out here! Rocking the Interview Once you’ve prepared and the interview day arrives, Myers urged interviewees, “You are selling yourselves – act like a sales person.” Penry pointed out, “Interviewers want to hear the candidate express him or herself” so don’t forget to utilize your communication skills. Chadha also...

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Job Hunting Advice from Experts: Part 1

Having watched a loved one recently go through the process, I can personally attest that job hunting is no cup of tea. It is often frustrating and rarely easy on one’s self-esteem. Earlier this week I attended a panel discussion at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering’s (ISPE) Mid-Atlantic Life Sciences Showcase entitled, “Engineering a Blockbuster Career.” The discussion was sponsored by BioBuzz and moderated by BioBuzz’s own, Chris Frew. The panelists have certainly engineered blockbuster careers and they all have significant experience in the job hunting and hiring arenas. The panel included – Wendy Penry, Chief Human Resource Officer...

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Lessons from Women Leading Science

Being fearful is not a trait I immediately associate with successful people. On December 3rd, however, when Stephanie and I attended a panel discussion titled “Lessons from Women Leading Science,” every single woman on the panel told stories of at least three times in their careers that they were scared. Most of them used the word “terrified” to describe how they felt when they applied for or accepted the positions that made them leaders in science. Conversely, when asked to describe a time they experienced failure, the consensus was, it’s all about perception. They tackled topics on mentorship, failure, family,...

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