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  • Switching Lanes Halfway Through the Race

    Marielena Mata
    Biopharma Business
    Biopharma Research
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    When the president of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announces he is joining a big Pharmaceutical, the entire scientific community stops and takes a look. Most people that switch from academia make the transition early, right after college, perhaps after graduate school, but most frequently after an academic postdoctoral position. Clinicians, after a few years of clinical practice, sometimes decide to move to industry, but what is not seen as frequently is people making the switch after establishing successful academic careers.  In recent years, however, we have seen a number of well-known academics take the plunge. What is it about the Biopharma Industry that motivates someone at the top of the Academic game make the switch? What qualifies him/her to join industry? Is it too late? Where do you go to make that switch? Having joined ...