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Toby Freedman “Finding the Right Career in the Life Sciences Industry”

Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP)

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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What:  Toby Freedman “Finding the Right Career in the Life Sciences Industry”

When:  5:45-7:30 on Thursday, April 25

Where:  Stanley Hall 105

“Finding the Right Career in the Life Sciences Industry”

Given the large number of career opportunities in the life sciences industry, how do you decide which career will be the best match for your interests, skills, and your personal and professional goals? Join us to hear Toby Freedman discuss the findings of her book, Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, based on interviews with over 200 industry executives. Toby will provide a high level overview of the over 100 different careers in the life sciences, ranging from careers in venture capital to discovery research. She will also talk about which careers offer a work/life balance, and which careers do not. Given the challenging job market for graduates and postdocs, Toby will speak about the current economy and its impact on jobs.  


5:45-6:00       Beverages served

6:00-7:30       Toby Freedman


Toby Freedman is an author and Founder/President of Synapsis Search.  A scientist by training, she transitioned into business as a recruiter, writer, and entrepreneur.  Her book Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development was published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and provides a comprehensive overview of the many careers in the life sciences industry. Her book covers over 20 vocational areas ranging from venture capital to marketing to discovery research. She founded her own recruiting firm, Synapsis Search, which is focused on life science R&D and business placements. She previously worked at BioQuest, an executive search firm, placing VP to CEO-level executives, and as Director of Business Development at SLIL Biomedical, a drug discovery company developing therapeutics for cancer and other diseases. She earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from UNC Chapel Hill, a B.S. from the University of California, and as an NIH Fellow, conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University and at the University of Texas-Austin.


Toby is the Program Chair for the BioScience Forum, a non-profit educational forum serving the Bay Area biotechnology community. 

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When & Where

Stanley Hall, Room 105
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP)

Are you considering a career outside academia and wondering what it is like to work in industry? The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) gives postdocs a rare glimpse inside Bay Area Life Science companies. By transporting participants to PIEP partner companies, postdocs learn about the company, current industry trends, and career paths for Ph.D.s. via speaker presentations, panel discussions, and facility tours.  Most importantly, postdocs network and make key connections with company employees in a small group setting.

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