Propel Careers

Nov 20th FILS Event focusing on Finance, Legal, and Operational Life Sciences Career Paths 

October 19, 2012 
by Lauren Celano 

Are you a current graduate student (MBA, MPH, JD, Eng, Ph.D., MD etc,), post doctoral fellow, or medical resident, interested in learning about the importance of intellectual property and other legal considerations for the success of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies? Are you interested in understanding the various finance focused roles that exist in the life sciences industry for individuals with advanced degrees? Are you looking to learn more about career paths in the operational side of the industry ranging from laboratory setup for startups to leading all aspects of a firms strategy, growth and development. Are you looking to learn more about what types of opportunities exist at larger pharmaceutical firms compared to entrepreneurial firms and how individuals have successfully navigated career paths in both areas. If the answer to the above is yes, then join us on November 20th 2012 for the 8th event in the 2012 Futures in Life Science Series which will cover information about and career paths in the legal, finance and operational areas of the life sciences sector.

We expect between 80 - 100 graduate students, postdocs and medical residents to attend to hear about career paths and exciting opportunities in this area of the life sciences sector. This event will be held at the MassBio Offices located at 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor in Cambridge, MA 02139 from 5:30-8:00pm.

To register for the event, click here:

Meeting Agenda:

5:30pm-6:00pm – Registration and Open Networking

6:00pm-6:10pm – Introductions, Overview, and Recognition of Sponsors

6:10pm-7:30pm – Panel Discussion Moderator: John Hession, J.D., Partner, Cooley LLP; Panelists: Tony Martignetti, Corporate Controller at Sarepta Therapeutics; Drew Lowery, Biotechnology Group Leader, Global Prior Art; Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene; Stephen Garbacz, Sr. Director of Finance, Epizyme.

7:30pm-8:00pm – Open Networking

To view events in the entire 2012 series, see link below. Details for the 2013 Event Series will be announced shortly. The event topics will be similar to the 2012 series.

Below are more details about this series and event.

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 Finance, Legal,and Operational Aspects of the industry.

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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