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March 22 2016 FILS Event: Overview of Life Sciences Commercial Career Paths (Marketing, Alliance Management, Business Development, Product Management) 

March 23, 2016 
by Lauren Celano 

On Tuesday, March 22nd Propel Careers, MassBio, and MassBioEd hosted the 3rd FILS (Futures in Life Sciences) event in the 2016 series. The event focused on Overview of Life Sciences Commercial Career Paths (Marketing, Alliance Management, Business Development, Product Management) area. Lauren Celano moderated the panel, which included panelists Anjali Kumar, Ph.D., Due Diligence Lead in Corporate Development at Shire Pharmaceuticals, Brad Prosek, MBA, President at All Terrain bioPartners, LLC, David Spotts, MBA, Senior Product Manager and US Hemophilia Marketing at Biogen and Katy E. Georgiadis, Ph.D., an Associate Director Alliance and Program Management at X-Chem, Inc. Each panel member shared their career path, insights for their specific area, as well as advice for current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows looking to work in their area. All FILS event are held at the MassBio Offices (300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139) from 5:30-8:00pm. About 80 people attended.

More about the FILS Series:
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 detail their roles and 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; post doctoral fellows, and medical residents who are interested in careers in the life sciences industry.  The event will focus on the various career options within the regulatory, clinical, and medical affairs areas.

Full FILS 2016 Series Event Schedule: All events held at MassBio Offices, 300 Technology Square, 8th floor, Cambridge MA 02139 from 5:30-8pm.
Wed Jan 27th 2016: Overview of Career Paths in Life Sciences Industry

Tues Feb 23rd 2016: Overview of Consulting Career Paths in the Life Sciences Industry

Tues March 22nd 2016: Commercialization 1 (i.e. Marketing, Alliance Management, Business Development, Product Management) Career Paths)

Tues April 26th 2016: Career Paths in Research and Development I: (i.e. Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacology / Toxicology, Intellectual Property)

Tues May 17th 2016: Career Paths in Clinical, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs

Tues Sept 27th 2016: Career Paths in Big Data

Tues Oct 18th 2016: Commercialization II (Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, and Market Access)

Tues Nov 15th 2016: Career Paths in Research and Development II (Preclinical Research, Clinical Biomarker Development, Research Operations / Finance, Project Management)

March Panel Bio’s
Anjali Kumar, Ph.D., Due Diligence Lead, Corporate Development, Shire Pharmaceuticals
Anjali has 20 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in various aspects of Drug Development such as drug discovery, preclinical and clinical development in multiple therapeutic areas, guiding programs through regulatory interactions and submissions through various stages of development including to product approval and launch. She has built and led multiple cross-functional teams that have advanced small molecule and protein candidates in large pharmaceutical company (Genetics Institute/Wyeth), small biotech (Critical Therapeutics, Flexion Therapeutics) and consulting company (Clinquest, Inc.) settings. She has also worked actively in business development, alliance and KOL management, intellectual property, due diligence and scientific communications. In her present role as Due Diligence Lead at Shire, she sets up and leads integrated Due Diligence teams for assessment of all aspects of external opportunities. She is the primary contact with the partner company during Diligence and is responsible for developing and presenting the team recommendation for efficient decision-making. Anjali obtained a B.E. in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, a PhD in Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and her post-doctoral training in Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Pharmacia and Upjohn, Kalamazoo MI. She lives in Belmont, MA with her husband and two daughters.

Brad Prosek, MBA, President, All Terrain bioPartners, LLC
Brad Prosek currently runs All Terrain bioPartners, LLC, a life sciences advisory group. Before founding All Terrain bioPartners in 2015, Brad spent 10 years at Cubist Pharmaceuticals in commercial, corporate development, and new venture roles. Most recently, he was Head, Infection Prevention Technology & Services, building a new venture focused on broadening the solutions Cubist could deliver to hospital systems fighting the rising tide of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Prior to Cubist, Brad served in business development and commercial roles at Biogen, Inc. Brad started his career with Health Technology Associates (now Covance Market Access Services) providing health economic and market access advisory services for drug, device, and diagnostic clients across the United States and International markets. Brad holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S.F.S from Georgetown University.

David Spotts, MBA, Senior Product Manager, US Hemophilia Marketing, Biogen
David Spotts, Biogen Inc, is a Senior Product Manager, US HCP at Hemophilia Marketing. His current responsibilities include leading strategic and tactical initiatives to ensure physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers understand the full benefit/risk profile for Biogen's hemophilia therapies so that patients and caregivers can live the lives they choose. He has an MBA from the BU Questrom School of Business. He is a Former president of the BU BioBusiness Organization. David received his BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is passionate about driving value for patients through the commercial success of breakthrough scientific developments.

Katy E. Georgiadis, Ph.D., Associate Director Alliance and Program Management, X-Chem, Inc.
Katy Georgiadis received her Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA and then completed post-doctoral fellowships at Cornell University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She spent more than a decade in Discovery Research as a manager and project leader at Wyeth Research (Pfizer) and Abbott Bioresearch Center (Abbvie). In 2013, she transitioned into consulting for small and medium-size biotech companies in program and alliance management. She is currently an Associate Director of Alliance and Program Management at X-Chem Pharmaceuticals.

Lauren Celano, MBA, Co-founder and CEO, Propel Careers
Lauren Celano is the co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers; a life science search and career development firm focused on connecting talented individuals with entrepreneurial life sciences companies. Propel Careers is engaged across all areas of life sciences, including therapeutics, medical devices, healthcare IT, diagnostics, consulting, venture capital, and investment banking. Prior to Propel Careers, Lauren was a senior account manager for SNBL USA where she worked with emerging biotech companies in Europe, Asia, and the US to help characterize and advance their drug molecules. Prior to SNBL USA, she held business development positions with Aptuit and Quintiles, where she focused on IND enabling studies to advance therapeutics from discovery into the clinic. Earlier in her career, Lauren held positions as a marketing manager and account manager at Absorption Systems, where she was responsible for managing life sciences companies in the northeastern United States. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and an MBA with a focus in the health sector and entrepreneurship from Boston University. Lauren is on the Board of MassBioEd and she also serves on the programming committee of the Capital Network.

About the Organizers
MassBio - MassBio, a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation's oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services. To learn more, visit:

MassBioEd - The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, founded in 2001, is a non-profit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning.  MassBioEd is closely affiliated with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and helps the Council in fulfilling its goals to nurture the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pipeline in Massachusetts. To learn more, visit

Propel Careers - Propel Careers is a Boston based life sciences search and career development firm founded in 2009 to foster entrepreneurship and to cultivate leaders in the life sciences industry. Propel recognizes the importance of job creation and career development opportunities to the success of the industry as well as to next generation of industry leaders. The mission of Propel Careers is to make connections that fuel innovation, and we do this through placement, networking, coaching and mentorship. To learn more, visit


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