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J Transl Sci. 2018;4(2). doi: 10.15761/JTS.1000214. Epub 2018 Feb 13.

Training scientists as future industry leaders: teaching translational science from an industry executive's perspective.

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1
T35 NIDDK Honors Trainee, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.
2
State University of New York at Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY, USA.
3
Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.
4
New York University Stern School of Business, New York, NY, USA.
5
Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, co-PI NIDDK R25, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.
6
Department of Pediatrics, PI NIDDK R25, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.
7
Clinical Translational Science Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

PhDs and post-doctoral biomedical graduates, in greater numbers, are choosing industry based careers. However, most scientists do not have formal training in business strategies and venture creation and may find senior management positions untenable. To fill this training gap, "Biotechnology Industry: Structure and Strategy" was offered at New York University School of Medicine (NYUSOM). The course focuses on the business aspects of translational medicine and research translation and incorporates the practice of business case discussions, mock negotiation, and direct interactions into the didactic. The goal is to teach scientists at an early career stage how to create solutions, whether at the molecular level or via the creation of devices or software, to benefit those with disease. In doing so, young, talented scientists can develop a congruent mindset with biotechnology/industry executives. Our data demonstrates that the course enhances students' knowledge of the biotechnology industry. In turn, these learned skills may further encourage scientists to seek leadership positions in the field. Implementation of similar courses and educational programs will enhance scientists' training and inspire them to become innovative leaders in the discovery and development of therapeutics.

KEYWORDS:

business; career; drug development; education; graduate student; translation

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