Biopharma Research

megsterz

Meghan
Mott

Alternative Careers for Science PhDs – Part II: Regulatory Affairs

Postdoctoral fellowships provide budding scientists with the advanced training necessary to prepare us for the next step in our careers. Traditionally, these fellowships are geared toward a future in academic research. For most of us, however, as I described in my first post, our career paths will l...


samantha.liangzhang

Liang
Zhang

Stepping outside of academia in the comfort of your own room – Virtual Job Summit!

You know that an academic life may not be the right one for you, but what do you do now?  For many people, myself included, the academic path has been a straightforward one that offered little opportunity to learn about the other career choices available in the world.  Even as I knew I wan...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

How is your job hunt going?

I assume that many of you reading blogs on Bio Careers are recent grads or grads-to-be, and are scanning trade journals and websites looking for that plum position. 


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

The Risk Benefit Balancing Act: Doing the Math

The FDA held hearings on Dec 8 and 9 on two birth control methods: oral contraceptives containing a progestin called drospirenone  (DRSP) a spironolactone analogue)  and a contraceptive patch marketed in the USA as Ortho EVRA. Several post market studies suggest that pills containing drosp...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Home with the flu (or something like it)

This month I am living in a plague house. Someone should mark the door posts.  Or fly a yellow quarantine flag over the house.  My son came home from Singapore, where he is working for a start up, but he did not bring home some exotic communicable disease like the Hong Kong flu.  No, ...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Is life science really science?

Those of us working in the life sciences suffer in a world of probabilities, uncertainties, and incomplete evidence.  Students of the “harder” sciences, physics and math, may be right in their assessment that the only immutable truths are in pure mathematics. 


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

The Black Swan: the Unprecedented Event (not the dumb movie with Natalie Portman)

I have become fascinated with rare and unpredictable events.  My interest was triggered by the book, “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable,” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a renowned financial economist.  The theory defines so called black swan events as the following (from W...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Breast Cancer: The Empress of All Maladies

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I felt totally immersed in a paper storm, an overload of information on the topic.  Making my immersion even deeper, while preparing two breast cancer talks, I was also in the thrall of  an amazing book,  “The Emperor of All Maladies: &...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Just what do you do: medical affairs job description

One of my last postings was called “keeping Ken and Barbie out of jail,” an attempt to define some of the tasks involved working in medical affairs at a pharmaceutical company.  One reader pointed out that I really did not define the job very well, and I promised to describe just what the j...


maida.beth

Maida
Taylor

Mentoring: The art of engaging students early and often in their careers

Does mentoring do anything?  What inspires students?  How do we engage and encourage young colleagues?  I have been asking these questions while organizing an obstetrics and gynecology “career” dinner for medical students at the University of California San Francisco.