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Columnist: Michael Alvarez, MA

Michael A. Alvarez is the Director of the MD Anderson Center for Professional Development and Entrepreneurship, which provides consultation and training for clinicians and researchers at the institution, and engages with external organizations to support the translation of knowledge, technologies, and expertise from MDA to different industry sectors. Prior to this role, he founded the Stanford School of Medicine Career Center, supporting the professional advancement of medical and life science trainees and facilitating the establishment of new life science companies. Throughout more than 20 years, his experience spans both business and academic settings, including coaching andadvising at Boston College, management consulting as part of Accenture's NYC practice, founding and directing the UCSF Center for Professional Development – including the establishment and introduction of its first-ever formal entrepreneurship program - and providing consultation to life science companies in the areas of business strategy andorganizational design. He is widely sought for input and expert opinion on labor market trends, technology commercialization, and medical science training, and has written, reviewed, and published many articles on these topics in key venues. Michael holds bachelors and master's degrees from Boston College, a certificate in Intellectual Property Management from the University of Washington, and studied business at IESE in Barcelona, Spain. He is an Emeritus Chair of the Bay Bio Institute, serves as a mentor and advisor to several early stage companies, and actively supports the life science industry through leadership roles on boards and committees regionally and nationally.