Futures in Life Sciences - January 2013

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Futures in Life Sciences - January 2013

January 15, 2013 - MassBio Offices
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths Event

If you are a MA-based student interested in attending this event, financial assistance is available through the Stay in MA program.  Please visit www.stayinma.com.

Meeting Agenda:

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

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

     Moderator:  John Hallinan, CBO MassBio and CFO Cytel


  • Stephen L. Altieri, associate, Cooley LLP
  • Rita Viegas, Clinical Trial Manager, Biogen Idec
  • Erin Whalen, Lab Head and Project Team Leader, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
  • Nessan Bermingham, Atlas Venture, Monsanto Seed Fund Alliance Advisor and Managing Partner, Bio Equity Capital

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, commercial, 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 first seminar of each series in January provides an overview of the various career options within life sciences and will set the stage for the next 7 events which are deep dives into the various areas of life science including business and commercial, consulting, research and development, clinical, bioinformatics and systems biology, reimbursement, pharmacoeconomics, patient advocacy, and finance, legal, and operations.

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.


FILS 2013 Series Event Schedule: (All events are held at MassBio in Kendall Sq from 5:30-8:00pm)

January 15th, 2013: Futures in Life Sciences Program – Overview of Life Sciences Career Paths

February 19th, 2013: Futures in Life Science Series - Consulting Career Paths in the Life Science Industry

March 19th, 2013: Futures in Life Science Series -Commercialization 1 (Marketing, Product Management, Business Development) Career Paths

April 16th, 2013: Futures in Life Sciences Program – Research and Development

May 21st, 2013: Futures in Life Sciences Program – Clinical Development, Regulatory, and Medical Affairs

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

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

November 12th, 2013: Finance, Legal, Operations Career Paths