The GSAS Harvard Biotech Club Info Sessions Series provide an overview of fellowships, internships, and funding opportunities for scientific trainees interested in careers outside of academia.
The private sector is about to overtake academic institutions as the primary employer of PhDs (1). Yet, many of the skills needed to succeed full time in industry are not taught within academic institutions. Fortunately, there is currently an unprecedented number of opportunities for scientific trainees to acquire valuable skillsets, and explore diverse career paths.
Our info sessions aim to highlight these diverse and exciting opportunities.
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I want to help us all build companies, so I built Petri. Learn more here.
Back in April 2015, I was one of the founding class of officers of MIT Biotech Group. I was interested in starting companies, and personally I would have considered it a success if I met a few other likeminded people -- when I started my PhD in 2012, everyone wanted to be a professor.
I never expected that in 2019 many of the best students want to be entrepreneurs. No one did, and that's why we organically grew programs like Ideate, BiomedStartup, and the MIT BioMakerspace organically from the MBG community.
Maybe like you, while in grad school I made many attempts at starting a company. In my first, I learned the hard way why few dare to build antibiotics companies. I made several more explorations, often in together with friends from MBG. Those all blew up early, for the right reasons.
I realized that what I needed was a place to explore a concept that I could turn into a company, with the timeline and flexibility to do it right, and the mentorship to do it well.
That’s why instead of building a company, I’m building the vehicle that I felt I needed to start the best company I could. I'm building Petri.
Petri is a 1 year program to build a company in biology and engineering. We have a free lab and office space to work out of. We have the capital to pay a salary and health insurance, and get some experiments done in the lab. We are getting the best advisors, board members, SAB members, and co-founders we can find . We are going to become the focal point for investors, press, partners, and future employees.
If this sounds like what you need after your PhD or postdoc to build a great company, get in touch.
Petri, a Boston-based startup accelerator dedicated to developing companies at the frontier of biology and engineering, announced its launch Friday with funding from Pillar VC. The accelerator is co-founded by leading executives and academics including Brian Baynes (Flagship Pioneering), Reshma Shetty (Ginkgo Bioworks), Daphne Koller (Insitro), and Stan Lapidus (Exact Sciences), as well as MBG alum Tony Kulesa and MIT Professor Chris Voigt. See more coverage about Petri on TechCrunch, Endpoints News, VentureBeat, and Forbes, and follow along on twitter at @petribio. Applications are open!