Jun
17
5:30 PM17:30

Honing Your Message: How to Communicate Your Research

Postdocs receive extensive training in presenting their data to their peers; however, even highly experienced scientists may find it difficult to explain their research to non-academic or non-expert audiences. This workshop/panel will focus on techniques postdocs can use to communicate their research effectively to fellow academics as well as industry professionals who may or may not have a related research background.  Postdocs can use the techniques from this panel to hone their presentation and interview skills by focusing on communicating a clear, contextually appropriate and professional scientific message.  

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Jun
17
5:30 PM17:30

Technology Transfer: Engine of Innovation

Innovations developed at research institutions lead to significant revenue generation through patenting of novel technologies, out-licensing, royalties and university-backed start ups. However, many postdocs are unfamiliar with the role that their institution’s tech transfer office plays in the potential commercialization of academic research.  This panel will discuss the roles that a technology transfer office plays in identifying commercializable technologies, patenting, in- and out-licensing, and business development. Best practices during the commercialization process will also be discussed. 

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Jun
17
5:30 PM17:30

Setting Up Your Lab

Setting up a new lab can be a time-consuming and often technically involved task. While most labs start with the budget and space being known ahead of time, it can be a daunting task to allocate the available resources effectively. Whether it is setting up a lab in an academic setting, or for a new start-up, similar questions emerge. How should you prioritize equipment purchases? How do you select your first hire and decide when to expand your lab group? Is the provided lab space suitable for experiments immediately, or are structural changes necessary? What institutional facilities can you access? The panel will address these concerns, and many more.    

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Jun
17
4:15 PM16:15

Preparing for Your Academic Interview

Many trainees aspire to be future faculty members; however most job candidates aren’t familiar with the structure of the academic interview.  Academic interviews are different from other job interviews in many ways, requiring preparation on not just your own research, but also into the hiring department and the institutional program of research. This panel will help postdocs strategically prepare for academic interviews. This panel will outline the structure of the in-person academic interview in R1, medical schools and teaching-intensive institutions with respect to job talks, chalk talks, faculty visits and dinners.  Panelists will also discuss characteristics that are common to successful interviewees and the skills they exhibit. This panel explains the pitfalls and common mistakes of first time academic job candidates. 

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Jun
17
4:15 PM16:15

Lessons from a Life Science Recruiter

For many job candidates, their first contact in the hiring process is with an internal (company-based) or external independently-contracted recruiter.  These individuals are responsible for identifying and acquiring talented researchers and initiating preliminary conversations prior to a formal interview.  As this process often begins with a very brief résumé review, many potentially skilled candidates are disqualified based on the poor organization or content of their résumé.  In this interactive panel, speakers will review common mistakes they find in résumés and critique attendee résumés to provide them with feedback and guidance on how to pass a preliminary screen when applying for industry positions.  Attendees will be encouraged to submit their resume for review during this panel. 

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Jun
17
4:15 PM16:15

Leadership Skills for Scientists

Many postdoctoral scholars aspire to positions requiring the management of teams and individuals.  Whether these roles are academic in nature as lab heads or principal investigators or in industry as managers of direct reports, the leadership skills required for the effective management of personnel and characteristics of good leadership are identical.  Discussion topics will include differing management and leadership strategies, managing as a introvert, conflict resolution, mentoring and more.

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Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

Grant Writing: Writing Your Specific Aims Workshop

A clear and well structured set of specific aims is an essential part of a complete grant package. Postdocs may receive training on writing a manuscript or journal article, but are rarely asked to write specific aims until they apply for faculty positions. This workshop will guide participants through the process of generating a first draft for their specific aims based on their preliminary data, previous publications and research interests. Participants will be asked to bring a draft of their specific aims to the workshop. Following a brief overview describing the structure and best practices for writing specific aims, participants will be provided examples of excellent and poorer specific aims for a group discussion. Participants will work in groups to apply the best practices discussed to their own aims. Participation is limited to 30 attendees and a draft of their specific aims must be submitted to https://www.dropbox.com/home/BSOCCS%20Grant%20Writing%20Workshop by June 3rd.

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Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

Meet the Scientists

Join scientists from across industry and listen to some cutting edge research!

Speakers include: 

Jennifer Elliot | SGI-DNA | Vibrio natriegens as a fast-growing host for molecular biology

Isaac Houston, PhD, MBA | Qiagen | QIAseq Technologies for Metagenomics and Microbiome NGS library prep

Aron Jaffe, PhD | Novartis Institute for Biomedical research | Mechanisms regulating lineage decisions in the airway

Ania Wronski, PhD | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Evolving iPSCs for the next challenge: gene editing & automation

 

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Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

Understanding the Drug Development Process

Many postdocs plan to enter industry R&D in Biotech/Pharma, but lack a thorough understanding of the drug development process.  In this panel, speakers will discuss the cultural and scientific differences between Academic research and research in Biotech and Pharma.  The phases of drug development including discovery, pre-clinical, formulation/CMC, clinical, regulatory, sales and marketing will be discussed with a focus on the common roles that postdoctoral scholars pursue upon exiting their postdocs. Learn how your postdoctoral training may prepare you for a career in industry R&D.  Speakers will include scientists and senior management from small startups through large biotech/pharma. 

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Jun
17
11:10 AM11:10

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Boston area institutions are among the major innovation centers for the life sciences, chemistry and engineering.  As highly motivated and independent subject matter experts, postdocs are drivers of much of this innovation and are well-positioned to be entrepreneurs.  While many postdocs consider entrepreneurship as a career track, they may lack the background to successfully commercialize their discoveries.  This panel aims to inform postdocs on the skills required to become successful entrepreneurs. The panel will also address questions on how research fellows can be a successful part of a team in this space.   

Additionally, in this panel discussion, we will examine the key factors researchers should consider in deciding to commercialize their research.  The discussion will include: 1) deciding what discoveries and inventions may make a viable commercial product, 2) using best practices in engaging and collaborating with institutional tech transfer offices and lab incubators, 3) obtaining seed funding and pitching investors, and 4) examining characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and startups.

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Jun
17
10:15 AM10:15

Grant Writing Panel

Many early career researchers are highly motivated to obtain fellowships, grants and other types of funding to establish a strong track record of external support prior to going on the job market.  In this interactive workshop, panelists will provide a 45 minute interactive overview of common funding sources (NIH, NSF, DARPA, DoD) followed by a series of short breakout sessions to discuss 1) organizing and writing specific aims, 2) incorporating preliminary data, 3) preparing a budget, and 4) avoiding common pitfalls and errors. This workshop will help postdocs start thinking about how to plan a program of research that is original and long-term. Panelists will be invited to provide insights from their own experience, as well as from reviewing grants which have been successfully funded.  

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Jun
17
10:15 AM10:15

Fostering Collaborations between Academia and Industry

An increasing number of academic researchers are collaborating with industry in many scientific areas, from patenting their findings and commercializing new technologies, to setting up companies based on novel discoveries and developing new products; however, collaborations with a goal of generating peer-reviewed publications remain an area of untapped possibility.  This panel will focus on developing mutually beneficial, successful collaborations between industry and academic researchers to drive shared research interests and increase the scientific knowledge base. Panelists will talk about their own experiences, obstacles that they may have faced and the strategies they implemented to get mutually beneficial outcomes.

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Jun
17
10:15 AM10:15

Drug Discovery Bootcamp Workshop

Join members of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research training team for a hands on class in how to make a drug. This focused bootcamp will provide you the tools to learn how industry experts design and manufacture the drugs of tomorrow. The phases of drug development including discovery, pre-clinical research and clinical testing will be discussed with a focus on the common roles that postdoctoral scholars can pursue in industry. Speakers will include NIBR experts in training scientists for careers in industry R&D. Space is limited to two sections of 36 participants each. Note: this workshop requires special registration and incurs an additional fee of $5 during registration.

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Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Networking Reception and Poster Session (odd)

Join your colleagues and put your networking skills to work.  Meet potential collaborators, view scientific posters and meet industry professionals from across Boston/Cambridge.  The themes for tonight's receptions are gene therapy and synthetic biology, but all disciplines and areas of study are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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Jun
16
4:30 PM16:30

How To Network For Success In Science

"Network Like A Pro: An Example Combining Art and Science"

Learn how to effectively network with both friends and potential collaborators while at a conference!  Listen to Tufts Professor Dan Jay's excellent tips on how to find and maintain strong networking relationships with your peers and colleagues.

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