Propel Careers, MassBio, and MassBioEd to launch “Futures in Life Science”

Jan 07, 2011
Year-long seminar series focuses on career paths for graduate students and post-docs


Propel Careers, MassBio, and the MassBioEd Foundation today announced the launch of a collaboration focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in the life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees.  The Futures in Life Science program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry, who will detail their roles and provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions.

This program will kick off January 26th at the MassBio and MassBioEd offices in Cambridge, MA.  The session will include a general overview of the life science industry and six key career areas of interest. This will be followed by six sessions that will provide more detailed “deep dives” into specific areas including R&D, Product Commercialization, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, Bio-Informatics, Market Access and Outcomes Research, as well as Finance, Legal and Operations roles. All events will also have time included to meet and network with the panelists and other attendees.

The program stems from a continued need identified by many state and non-governmental organizations to increase awareness and education related to careers in science and technology.  Together, Propel Careers, MassBio, and MassBioEd are all committed to providing resources that encourage the pursuit of careers in the life science industry and believe that careers exist for students across all academic disciplines. The Futures in Life Science program will highlight these areas and will increase awareness of the associated career paths.

“We believe that many graduate students, post-docs, and medical residents do not consider the full range of career options that they could pursue and this program is intended to address that,” said Lauren Celano, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Propel Careers. “It’s all about knowledge, understanding, and effective positioning, and we feel students that attend these seminars will be better equipped and more targeted in their job searches. We are thrilled to partner with MassBio and MassBioEd on this important effort.”

“As Massachusetts biotechnology companies continue to grow, we must ensure Massachusetts can provide the broad spectrum of talent they will need in positions across their organizations,” said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of MassBioEd. “We know Massachusetts’ graduate students, post docs and medical residents have a lot to offer the industry and hope to open doors to potential career paths and opportunities.”

Details of the program, including the schedule of events, can be found at the Propel Careers website (  The kickoff meeting is scheduled for January 26th from 5:30-8:00 PM.  The remaining events will also be held during the same evening time slot, but the specific dates of each seminar will be updated and publicized as they are confirmed.  These events will also be videotaped and archived versions will be available online.

About MassBio
MassBio, a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation's oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services.

About MassBioEd
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, founded in 2001, is a non-profit charitable organization committed to supporting science and biotechnology education in Massachusetts through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning.  MassBioEd is closely affiliated with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and helps the Council in fulfilling its goals to nurture the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pipeline in Massachusetts.

About Propel Careers
Propel Careers is a Boston based life sciences search and career development firm founded in 2009 to foster entrepreneurship and to cultivate leaders in the life sciences industry.  Propel recognizes the importance of job creation and career development opportunities to the success of the industry as well as to next generation of industry leaders.  The mission of Propel Careers is to make connections that fuel innovation, and we do this through placement, networking, coaching and mentorship.

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