Hosting professional masters  interns - lessons learned        Andreas Walz        Ophidion, Inc.        Ophidion Inc
Who is Ophidion?• Founded in 2008• Small startup biotechnology company• Developing cognitive enhancing  therapeutics• We e...
Small vs medium vs large             biotech• Compare and contrast  – Small is dynamic and less structured
Small vs medium vs large             biotech• Compare and contrast  – Small is dynamic and less structured  – Small is les...
Small vs medium vs large             biotech• Compare and contrast  – Small is dynamic and less structured  – Small is les...
Small vs medium vs large             biotech• Compare and contrast   – Small is dynamic and less structured   – Small is l...
Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns
Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns• Business interns
Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns• Business interns• What determines the need for an  intern?
Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns• Business interns• What determines the need for an  intern?• How do we...
Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied  Biotechnology Studies (              gy        (PABS) )
Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied  Biotechnology Studies (              gy        (PABS) )• C...
Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied  Biotechnology Studies (              gy          (PABS)  )...
Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied  Biotechnology Studies (              gy          (PABS)  )...
What makes a good intern?• Basic skills  – Lab skills  – Computer skills  –CCommunication skills               i i  kill• ...
What do interns get out of their             experience?•   Exposure to real world science•   Critical industry experience...
Lessons learned•   Investment vs benefit•   Love to teach•   Impact of intern on rest of group•   To pay or not to pay??• ...
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  1. 1. Hosting professional masters interns - lessons learned Andreas Walz Ophidion, Inc. Ophidion Inc
  2. 2. Who is Ophidion?• Founded in 2008• Small startup biotechnology company• Developing cognitive enhancing therapeutics• We employ four full-time employees• Were not VC funded• Weve hosted ten interns in the past We ve three years
  3. 3. Small vs medium vs large biotech• Compare and contrast – Small is dynamic and less structured
  4. 4. Small vs medium vs large biotech• Compare and contrast – Small is dynamic and less structured – Small is less safe and less funded
  5. 5. Small vs medium vs large biotech• Compare and contrast – Small is dynamic and less structured – Small is less safe and less funded – S ll has greater access but is less Small h b i l diverse
  6. 6. Small vs medium vs large biotech• Compare and contrast – Small is dynamic and less structured – Small is less safe and less funded – S ll has greater access but is less Small h b i l diverse• There are more small companies than large ones g
  7. 7. Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns
  8. 8. Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns• Business interns
  9. 9. Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns• Business interns• What determines the need for an intern?
  10. 10. Types of internships at Ophidion• Technical interns• Business interns• What determines the need for an intern?• How do we find interns?
  11. 11. Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied Biotechnology Studies ( gy (PABS) )
  12. 12. Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied Biotechnology Studies ( gy (PABS) )• College - Pasadena Community College (PCC)
  13. 13. Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied Biotechnology Studies ( gy (PABS) )• College - Pasadena Community College (PCC)• University - California Institute of Technology Technolog (Caltech)
  14. 14. Types of internships at Ophidion• Masters - Program in Applied Biotechnology Studies ( gy (PABS) )• College - Pasadena Community College (PCC)• University - California Institute of Technology Technolog (Caltech)• High school - Polytechnic
  15. 15. What makes a good intern?• Basic skills – Lab skills – Computer skills –CCommunication skills i i kill• Ability to adjust y j• Open mindedness• Maturity
  16. 16. What do interns get out of their experience?• Exposure to real world science• Critical industry experience• Enables decision making• Recommendation letter d i l• Connections
  17. 17. Lessons learned• Investment vs benefit• Love to teach• Impact of intern on rest of group• To pay or not to pay??• Have specific deliverables p
  18. 18. Questions and Comments

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