UpNext: Careers in Life Sciences

UpNext: Careers in Life Sciences brings students interested in the life sciences together with alumni working in the Life Sciences space. Students will get a opportunity to receive professional feedback on your resume, attend a panel discussion about trends and dynamics in the industry, attend workshops to help them better understand what type of work in life sciences may be right for them, and network informally with alumni.

March 14
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Careers in Life Science for Liberal Arts - Panel Discussion (MBH 220)

When it comes to the Life Science industry, there is a broad variety of ways to pursue your interests and find outlets for your abilities and liberal arts preparation; there are roles for STEM, humanities, and social science majors. The panelists will talk about the trends shaping the scope of this industry and what they mean for future roles in this field.  Hear from a panel of Middlebury alumni with a variety of backgrounds who now have careers across a wide spectrum within the industry.

A Conversation With:

  • Penny Post ’89 (Biology) – Vice President, Protein Sciences Corporation
  • Andre Spring ’88  (French & Spanish) – Director Strategic Market Access, Novartis Oncology
  • Caroline Brown ’15 (Biochemistry & Italian) – Sr. Consultant, Clearview Healthcare Partners
  • Jeremy Ward - Albert D. Mead Professor of Biology, Middlebury College

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception of students with the alumni participating in the UpNext program in MBH Great Hall.

March 15
9:00 am-12:00 pm     

Resume Review Office Hours (Adirondack House Coltrane Lounge)  

If you are interested in a career in Life Sciences, don’t miss this chance to get valuable feedback on your resume from Middlebury alumni currently employed in the industry.  Resume reviews are private, one-on-one conversations and around 20 minutes in length.

March 15
1:00 – 4:45 p.m.      

Workshops (McCardell Bicentennial Hall)

Experienced professionals currently employed by a variety of Life Science firms will host multiple workshops designed to set you up for success as you explore career possibilities.  Each workshop is 45 minutes.  Attend them all or select only the ones most relevant to you; there will be short breaks between each session to allow you to come and go.

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Careers in Medical Device Companies – Tanvir Mahmud ’93 (MBH 220)

Tanvir will provide an overview of the medical device segment within the Life Science industry (what are medical devices, size of the industry, emerging trends, and example medical device companies).  She will then talk about the role of the Quality Engineer and related roles within a typical medical device company.  This session is excellent for those majoring in life science disciplines to understand another possible roles for career exploration.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Drug Development Process – Jack Terrett ’11 (MBH 219)

There are more than 181,200 ongoing clinical studies throughout the United States and around the globe.  However, since the Food and Drug Administration came into being in 1938 just 1,453 drugs have been approved through the end of 2013, according to the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society. In other words, the success rate of experimental drugs making it to pharmacy shelves or your medicine cabinet is pretty low.  Jack will explain the drug development process stages and focus on his work at Genentech in the discovery stage.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Introduction to Life Sciences Consulting – Caroline Brown ’15 (MBH 220)

This interactive workshop is intended to provide an overview of the ins-and-outs of life sciences consulting, including day-to-day work, clientele, and big-picture strategic questions we seek to address for a range of stakeholders within the industry. This is a great session for STEM majors who would like to leverage their scientific expertise to pursue business strategy within the biotechnology / pharmaceutical arenas. The workshop will give you a sense for a “day in the life” of a ClearView analyst and, in parallel, offer guidance on how to succeed in life sciences consulting interview cases.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Commercial Roles in the BioPharma Industry - Andre Spring '88 (MBH 219)

Andre will overview commercial roles like marketing and sales,  and possible career paths in the BioPharma industry.  She will share examples of some key projects which demonstrate the types of responsibilities and opportunities in the commercial functions in BioPharma companies.

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Health Economics and Outcomes Research – Brad Schenkel ‘97 (MBH 219)

What does health outcomes and economics entail?  How does the industry look at the balance between outcomes and the economics of producing outcomes?  If you have an interest in science, medicine, or economics, this workshop will provide a perspective on this field and things you need to know to position yourself in this career space.

Participating Alumni:

Penny Post '89
Vice President
Protein Sciences

Brad Schenkel '97
Director, WWHEOR
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Jeremy Ward
Albert D. Mead Professor of Biology
Middlebury College

Andre Spring '88
Director, Strategic Marketing Access
Novartis Oncology

Caroline Brown '15
Senior Consultant
Clearview Healthcare Partners

Tanvir Mahmud '93
Founder and Principal
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Jack Terrett '11
Scientist, Genentech