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Judy Lytle

01.18.2017 |    3,066 |   reply |
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“Business Development” can mean different things, depending on the position you find yourself in, the company or agency that hires you, the size and mission of the organization, and any number of other factors. As the Director of Business Development for a small non-profit research institute, I can tell you that I wear a lot of hats. I thought I’d write a blog about what it is I do on a day-to-day basis – maybe you’ll see something appealing in it, and decide to go that route. I work with the CEO, the scientists, and the Board of Trustees to lead...


Michael Salgaller

08.15.2016 |    4,807 |   reply |
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Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the list proposes where the likeliest landing...


Michael Salgaller

11.09.2015 |    3,821 |   reply |
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It’s a common misconception that acquiring the skills and talents necessary to move beyond the bench, or any position you find mundane, requires formal training or first leaving said bench.  There are skills many of you are developing in your current role. There are skills many of you could develop further....


Michael Salgaller

08.26.2015 |    4,735 |   reply |
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Being part of a group that enjoys similar interests and shared experiences is not a recent phenomenon.  When we were younger and in school, we’d gather with those who liked playing the same sports or volunteering for the same cause. It was a chance not just to form bonds, but to...
Tags: why networking is important


Andrea Habura

05.25.2015 |    7,353 |   reply |
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One of the best things about a science education is that it teaches you to see the bones beneath the skin.  In some cases, literally (hello there, anatomy people!), but mostly in the sense that we learn to see the hidden processes that drive the physical world. Being a scientist means...
Tags: how things work, seeing things what the naked eye can’t see


Michael Salgaller

04.20.2015 |    6,492 |   reply |
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Are you diminishing yourself and your accomplishments by using these two words? Science as a discipline and career path is, by its nature, highly hierarchical. That is, chances are strong the organization you work with is structured vertically. There is a clear pecking order, a clear chain of command.  In academia, there...


Andrea Habura

11.10.2014 |    7,708 |   reply |
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“Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it.” – Mark Twain What is your work, anyway? Not your research project, but your work. The sort of job you’re really suited for. If you got a traditional biologist’s education, you may not be sure. Academia is...
Tags: bioinstrumentation, what job suits me best


Shu Chin Ma

09.24.2014 |    11,185 |   reply |
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When you hear the words “working remotely,” does it conjure up an image of someone sloppily dressed in their ratty pajama, hair unkempt, with a huge mug of coffee cradled in one hand, while sitting in front of the television with a computer, haphazardly propped on their lap?  How about someone...
Tags: benefits of working at home, work at home scientist, working from home


Michael Salgaller

09.10.2014 |    6,075 |   reply |
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I know what you did this summer. You probably worked on your job, but not your career.  That’s okay. It’s hard to connect with people when so many are away on vacation. Weren’t you away part of the time? Please tell me you took a vacation. Please tell me you weren’t...
Tags: planning your career


Michael Salgaller

04.22.2014 |    36,770 |   reply |
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So, how is the New year treating you? Are your resolutions still in place, or have you joined the humbled masses who will swear once again to never make New Year’s resolutions? I know Spiderman (in the 2012 reboot) said that the best kind of promises are those you can’t...
Tags: changing jobs, complacency with work, getting out of comfort zone


Lauren Celano

03.21.2014 |    8,431 |   reply |
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At the recent “How do you know if you are a CEO” Google Plus webinar on January 7th as part of The Capital Network and Founders Workbench series, a question was raised regarding whether a technical founder is a good candidate for the CEO role. Specifically, the audience member asked...
Tags: how to be a CEO, how to know if you are made to be a CEO


Maida Taylor

09.11.2013 |    34,482 |   reply |
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The drug giant, Glaxo Smith Kline, has a lot of explaining to do.  This month the company has suffered a public relations storm with charges of  bribery, arrests of executives in China,  and allegations of falsifying research results, to name a few. Here at home, GSK is also in hot...
Tags: outsourcing ethics, outsourcing jobs


Maida Taylor

08.30.2013 |    29,481 |   reply |
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Another blind date.  It started with a call from a recruiter.  One of my former employers gave me name to colleague who was looking for a department head with women’s health experience.  And like match.com (at least, how I imagine Match.com to be),  we started the engagement with questionnaires, phone...
Tags: am I in the right company, is my workplace fit for me


Erica Taylor

08.26.2013 |    14,195 |   reply |
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This is my second installment in 2013 on this site – for a brief introduction and background, please see my initial entry.  I left consulting in spring 2010 to join the commercial organization of a large biotech company.  In the 3 years since joining this organization, I have grown both personally...
Tags: commercial organization, skills of leaders, working in biotech company


Marielena Mata

07.25.2013 |    112,784 |   1 reply |
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If industry is the dark side of science, strategic marketing is the dark side of industry, or so it seems.  As scientists sitting in teams with our strategic marketing colleagues, we always wondered how they came up with those projections of how much revenue a drug would have in 2025...
Tags: Investment, Revenue, Strategic Marketing


Virginie Adam

06.24.2013 |    32,332 |   1 reply |
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If you browse job listings on the websites of pharmaceutical companies, it’ll soon become apparent that there are a slew of titles and abbreviations, which often differ between companies…it can get confusing!  Sometimes, at Company X an ‘Associate’ scientist has more experience than a ‘Senior’ scientist. Who knew that a...
Tags: CRA, jobs, MSL, PhD


Marielena Mata

05.01.2013 |    12,328 |   reply |
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When the announcement came out, I knew there was no going back.  “I am pleased to announce that Marielena (Maty) Mata will be moving into a new development role in the Oncology Strategic Marketing group on July 1, 2012”.  It was a Friday afternoon and, though many of my colleagues...
Tags: Exploring, Learning, Switching


Maida Taylor

05.21.2012 |    62,266 |   1 reply |
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In the March issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a premiere journal in my field, I read a report on publication puffery --  “Unverifiable and Erroneous Publications Reported by Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Applicants” by Simmons et al.The abstract summarizes the findings: 546 out of  937 residency applicants listed themselves as authors...
Tags: biomedical, MD


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