Propel Careers

Sept 17 FILS Event-Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths-Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Modeling 

September 10, 2013 
by Lauren Celano 

On September 17th 2013 from 5:30-8:00pm, we will hold the 6th event of the 2013 Futures in Life Science (FILS) series. This event will focus on life sciences career paths in Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, and Modeling areas for individuals with graduate degrees. Panel members include Carolyn Cho, Ph.D., Director, Modeling and Simulation, Global Clinical and Regulatory Development, Merck & Co.; CJ Godfrey, Ph.D., Director, MetroBoston & Principal Scientist II at Metrum Research Group LLC; Jason Laramie, Ph.D., Senior Director, Integrative Genomics, GNS Healthcare; and Kenneth A. Longo, Ph.D., Director, Bioinformatics and Pharmacology, Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc. Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers will moderate the panel. During this event, the panel members will share insight on the industry and their career paths and they will provide tips for individuals looking to develop their careers in their area. We have a wonderful panel assembled. This event will be held at the MassBio Offices, 300 Tech Square, 8th Floor, and Cambridge, MA from 5:30-8:00pm. To register for this event, click here:

The FILS Event Series is open to current graduate student (MBA, MPH, JD, Eng, Ph.D., MD etc,), postdoctoral fellow, or medical resident, interested in learning about the variety of career paths in the industry. Together, Propel Careers, MassBio, and MassBioEd are committed to fostering the next generation of industry leaders in the life sciences. We look forward to seeing you there!

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, 7:30pm-8:00pm: Open Networking.

The Futures in Life Science (FILS) Seminar Series is a year-long event series, created in 2011 by Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd, to promote the variety of career paths ranging from research and development to marketing and commercialization that exist in the Massachusetts Life Science Industry for individuals with graduate degrees. We believe that the career paths that exist in the Massachusetts Life Science Industry are numerous, exciting, and rewarding and that it is imperative that students considering these careers be well informed regarding the areas that their education and training are relevant.

The year-long program provides in-depth overviews of specific careers in the life science industry that often require advanced degrees. We have focused on covering the various functional areas in the life sciences sector including, R&D, consulting, product management, business development, marketing, clinical, regulatory, medical affairs, bioinformatics, systems biology, modeling, pharmacoeconomics, reimbursement, patient advocacy, market access, finance, legal, and operations. Most graduate students and post-docs are well prepared to take numerous directions in their careers, and it is our intent to provide a comprehensive understanding of the aptitudes and work environments that are associated with specific career paths, so that the individuals who attend these events can make more informed career decisions. We are also big believers in the power of connections and networking, so each seminar will have specific time set aside to meet the presenters and the attendees and to develop relationships that will be an asset to those in attendance.

The program has an average attendance of 80 individuals per event. Each event has a panel discussion comprised of industry leaders who provide an overview of the life sciences landscape and various career opportunities, which exist in the industry. The individual seminars are scheduled to accommodate the academic school year with a focus on the technical or scientific expertise that is relevant to each area and the typical work environment associated with common roles.

For more details on the series, visit the Propel Careers Website, click here:

Full FILS 2013 Series Event Schedule.

January 15th, 2013. Futures in Life Sciences Program – Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths. To read the event blog:

February 19th, 2013. Futures in Life Science Series - Consulting Career Paths in the Life Science Industry. To read the event blog:

March 19th, 2013. Futures in Life Science Series -Commercialization 1 (Marketing, Product Management, Business Development) Career Paths. To Read the event blog:

April 16th, 2013. Futures in Life Sciences Program – Research and Development. To Read the event blog:

May 21st, 2013. Futures in Life Sciences Program – Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs. To Read the event blog:

September 17th, 2013. Bio-Informatics, Modeling and Systems Biology Career Paths. To Register:

October 15th, 2013. Commercialization 2 (Reimbursement, Pharmacoeconomics, Patient Advocacy, and Market Access) Career Paths. To Register:

November 12th, 2013. Finance, Legal, Operations Career Paths. To Register:


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