Propel Careers


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Lauren Celano co-founded Propel Careers in 2009 with the desire of helping people find their way in the life sciences, encouraging STEM careers for women and underrepresented groups, and developing the next generation of life sciences leaders.

Lauren founded Propel Careers in order to leverage her life sciences experience, her passion for impacting the development of novel therapeutics, and her interest in developing diverse talent for the industry.

By working with emerging leaders in the early stages of their careers, Lauren hopes to make a positive impact across the life sciences sector and to make a difference in the lives of the people who exist within it.

Prior to Propel Careers, Lauren spent nearly 10 years in the life sciences sector working for various contract research organizations that engaged with leading biotech and pharmaceutical companies to help accelerate the discovery and development of novel therapeutics.

Since its founding in 2009, Propel Careers has expanded to include not just recruiting support for innovative life sciences companies and non-profit organizations in need of talent, but also career coaching, mentoring, and other services designed to support individuals in finding the right career path.

Outside of Propel, Lauren is the Chair on the Board of MassBioEd and on the Boards of MassBio and also the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Professional Science Masters Program at Framingham State University and New England Graduate Women in Science & Engineering (NE GWISE). Lauren is very actively engaged with mentoring young scientists through groups like the Association of Women in Science and The international center for professional development (


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Lauren and the Propel Careers team have worked with more than 60 organizations to help them hire talent. She has engaged with thousands of individuals to help them identify career paths and prepare for their life sciences journey.

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