Biopharma Research

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Marielena
Mata

Networking, Networking, Networking

Let’s face it, most scientists are not known for their social skills.  We may be recognized for our brilliant minds, our resourcefulness in problem solving, and our obstinate dedication to lab work.  Yet, rarely are scientists the life of the party.  While I recognize that this is a...


ceweinber

Clement
Weinberger

The What’s In a Name Game

How to play it and win.  If you are looking for a change or have to change, and have identified some places that are “looking for a few good people,” what it comes down to is finding out who in the company are doing the looking, getting their attention, and then convincing them that they ne...


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Marielena
Mata

Letter to Andre

Just a few weeks ago, my little brother defended his Ph.D. thesis (OK, so he is not so little and technically he is not my brother).  I wanted to write him a note with some words of wisdom, but decided to actually share that letter with all of you, who perhaps might find value in the learnings ...


jason.sherwin

Jason
Sherwin

When can we consider “significance” significant?

Statistical significance is one of those things that comes up quite often in medical research. Many people are fond of p-values, i.e. probabilities that the results could have been obtained by chance, being less than 5%. There are many types of tests for validating experimental findings that use thi...


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Marielena
Mata

The juggling act of work/life balance

This week I found a great article on work/life balance that actually aligns very well with my philosophy in this area (The 10 secrets of one Unflappable mother).  Most people will tell you that to have balance, you must set clear limits between your work and your personal life, yet I belie...


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Marielena
Mata

Who is the Boss? Part 2

Last time I wrote about the boss and how to be a great one.  This time, I’d like to write about the qualities to look for in a boss based on my previous experiences.  Sometimes I think I’m too subjective about these things but, interestingly enough, when I read articles about great ...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

A big fat problem: new obesity drugs mean new regulatory jobs

In mid July 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved two new diet pills.  No drugs in the class have been approved in the past 13 years.  There has been (pardon the pun)  an enormous groundswell of demand for anti-obesity drugs, both from medical professionals and from the publ...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

They love me…they love me not: why you did not get the job

How long is it now?  How many months of searching Monster, Biospace,  Bio Careers, LinkedIn and other sites looking for a job?  Six months, nine months, a year?  How many screening interviews, HR  conversations,  talks with CEOs, COOs, CFOs,  VPs?  Two intervi...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Truth or Dare: How to Commit Professional Suicide

In the March issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a premiere journal in my field, I read a report on publication puffery --  “Unverifiable and Erroneous Publications Reported by Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Applicants” by Simmons et al.The abstract summarizes the findings:


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (PART I)

Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the pharmaceutical industry.  As companies consolidate and reorganize,   downsizing is the norm and many talented people lose their jobs.  Some will take early retirements.  Some may  take a break if they get  severance.  But...