Cross-training’s not just for the gym anymore, people. PricewatershouseCoopers (PWC) just released “New chemistry: Getting the Biopharmaceutical Talent Formula Right,” their report on the education and skills that will be needed for the pharmaceutical jobs of tomorrow. The takeaway? Learn more than just (!) science.

The PWC report predicts that most pharma companies will be revamping their R&D organization models from a pure science orientation to one that leverages partnerships and alliances. This is no surprise. Pharma’s increas...

This month, the Harvard Business Review blog featured advice from Priscilla Claman, President of Career Strategies, Inc., a Boston-based firm offering career coaching services, regarding how to “tell your story” when you are unemployed. It is a great quick read with some useful tips and links to topics such as how to keep positive and leverage social media for your career search as well as how to answer some of those tough interview questions related to your current “out of work” status. If you have more time to delve deeper, she also...

Startups inspire so much excitement that it can be easy to forget that working at one is not for everyone. When I assess candidates for “startup affinity,” I sometimes see Colbertian truthiness rather than real self-awareness about preferences and strengths. As you consider your career, it’s critical to identify what your interests and comfort zone really are, rather than what you want them to be or assume they should be. To do that, ask yourself these questions: 1. What’s Your Risk Tolerance? You’ve probably thought through...

The 8th Early Stage Life Science Conference last week in Boston was a fantastic event as usual. Organized by Abigail Barrow, Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center with support from Merck and Reid Leonard, Managing Director at Merck Ventures Fund, it offered a showcase of exciting early stage companies ranging from Bionic eyes, novel gene transfection approaches and cures for septsis and cancer. It included several impassioned presenters, talking about some novel ideas to advance healthcare — sure to get your inner g...

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