More than a dozen science students attended the CT Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative “Bioscience Careers Forum” on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The event was held at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington.
The forum gave students some crucial advice for gaining a competitive edge in the bioscience career market, from CV boosts to ideal skills and mindsets for getting hired. But perhaps the most impactful aspect of the forum was the opportunity for students to network across Connecticut state colleges and universities and with some of the state’s biggest names in bioscience, including:
- Matthew McCooe, CEO, Connecticut Innovations
- Todd Arnold, Ph.D., director of Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory
- John Davidson, Ph.D., CSO and Co-Founder, Tangen Biosciences
- Rong Fan, Ph.D., Co-founder and Board Director of IsoPlexis; associate professor of biomedical engineering at Yale
- Ellen Matloff, M.S., president and CEO, My Gene Counsel
- Clifton McPherson, Ph.D., vice president, Regulatory CMC at Protein Sciences Corporation
- Rajiv Pande, Ph.D., president and CEO, Smpl Bio
- Petros, Tsipouras, MD, CEO, GenePraxis; adjunct professor at Yale School of Medicine
In Connecticut, the health and life sciences represent an area of strategic growth supported by significant public and private investment. Approximately 200,000 people in the state work in health and life science industries, with another 11,000 additional jobs expected in the next eight years.
The Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative (HL-SCI) is designed to prepare workers to take on these new jobs with a particular focus in recruitment on veterans, TAA-eligible workers (those displaced by foreign trade), dislocated, unemployed and under-employed workers. Learn more.