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Training for a career in science begins with formal theoretical and practical instruction at an academic institution, often followed by advanced training and eventual employment also at an academic institution. This career path is one which has been historically taken by most scientists.
In recent years, increasing numbers of academic scientists are choosing commercial laboratories to pursue their research careers. This shift in career path is driven to a large degree by the eroding of financial support for academic scientists, as evidenced by the downward trend in the funding rate for grants submitted to the NIH, NSF, and private foundations. Perhaps the greatest challenge for an academic scientist contemplating a move to a commercial laboratory is to adjust their thinking of ‘doing science for science sake’ to ‘doing science for commercializing a product’.
This insightful Webinar will cover areas to be considered when making this career change, including the culture of the commercial laboratory working environment, career advancement, scientific recognition, mentoring, and availability of opportunities.
5 Key Take-Aways:
Similarities and difference between academic and commercial laboratory working environments
Suggestions on how to increase your autonomy and independence in conducting research at a commercial laboratory
How to ‘hedge your bets’ so that deadlines and milestones are reached
Balancing publishing and intellectual property generation
The difference in costs between academic and commercial laboratory research
Who Should Attend:
Any academic PI, scientist, post-doc, graduate student, technician contemplating a move from a university-based research laboratory to a commercial biotechnology or pharmaceutical development laboratory.