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January 26th, 2011 Futures in Life Science Event at MassBio, Cambridge MA 

January 24, 2011 
by Lauren Celano 

Futures in Life Science Program - Kick-off meeting, panel discussion, and networking event

Date: January 26, 2011

Time: 5:30-8:00pm

Location: MassBio, One Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142. http://www.massbio.org/

Details to register: http://futuresinlifesciences1.eventbrite.com/

Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd have joined together to organize a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who will detail their roles and will provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions.

Attendance for this program is open to current graduate students and post doctoral fellows who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry. Food and refreshments will be provided at each event, and all events will have ample time included to meet and network with the panelists and other attendees.

Kick-off Meeting Agenda: 5:30pm-6:00pm – Registration and Open Networking

6:00pm-6:10pm – Introductions and Overview: MassBio, MassBioEd, Propel Careers

6:10pm-7:30pm – Panel Discussion on Career Paths in Life Sciences. Commercialization: Alex Szidon, Ph.D., Director, Strategic Alliances, Translational Sciences & New Indication Discovery Unit, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Sciences; Sales and Marketing: Arthur Hiller, M.S., President, Hiller Life Sciences Strategies, LLC; R&D: Kevin Sprott, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; Clinical Development and Medical Affairs: Kevin Pojasek, Ph.D., Executive Director, Development, Satori Pharmaceuticals; Bioinformatics: Slava Akmaev, PhD, Vice President, Scientific Affairs, GNS Healthcare; Reimbursement/Market Access/Pharmacoeconomics: Dennis M. Meletiche, PharmD, Vice President, Health Outcomes & Market Access, EMD Serono, Inc; Financing: Kevin Bitterman, Ph.D., Principal, Polaris Ventures

7:30pm-8:00pm – Open Networking

The program, launched on January 26th, will be followed by six seminars focusing on specific areas:

March: Commercialization 1 (Marketing/Product Management/Business Development)

April: Research and Development

May: Clinical Development/Medical Affairs

September: Bio-Informatics/Modeling

October: Commercialization 2 (Reimbursement/Market Access/Pharmacoeconomics)

November: Finance, Legal, Operations

 

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