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The Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurship Program, under the auspices of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Affairs (VSPA), is pleased to announce the pre-launch of the Science Fellows Program in collaboration with the CITRIS Foundry, the University of California accelerator for founders building transformative technology companies.The Science Fellows Program (SFP) will connect postdoctoral scientists with the startups at CITRIS Foundry, and the general entrepreneurial community at the University of California, Berkeley. The program aligns with Vice Chancellor Paul Alivisatos' effort to make entrepreneurship a top priority for our campus in the coming months. In this information session, the Science Fellows Program will be presented, followed by a speaker panel (see below), in which people who transitioned from postdoc programs into a startup environment will share their experiences.

Please use this link to register as a Science Fellow: https://goo.gl/forms/WYMAGEsyaHK8TTzU2

Mission of the Science Fellows Program

The mission of the program is to provide career transition opportunities to postdocs by connecting them to UC Berkeley startups in order to help solve scientific/technology problems and reach their milestones.

Process

The core function of Science Fellows Program is to introduce postdoctoral researchers to startups in the UC Berkeley entrepreneurial community. This will provide valuable real world working experience to postdocs, while helping the startups benefit from the scientific expertise of the postdocs. Berkeley Science Fellows will work in a team with fellow postdocs with complimentary skills and partner with CITRIS Foundry companies to solve specific scientific challenges, including product development, processing trouble shooting, grant writing/reviews, experimental data analysis, presentations, and also to participate in discussions to brainstorm ideas to help the startup grow.

Science Fellows Program will be responsible for forming postdoc teams after an interview and presenting them to the startups. Science Fellows will be given an opportunity to select the startup they would like to work with as well.

Startups in the program


Qualification: Candidates must have a PhD.

Time commitment

The Science Fellows are expected to commit four to five hours a week to assist the startup. We understand that postdocs' primary commitment is to their research in the labs at UC Berkeley. The hours are flexible, could include evenings and weekends, and may be worked out mutually. This is an unpaid (volunteer) program. There will be monthly touch points to get feedback to improve the program.

Benefits to postdocs

- Gain experience of working with startups.

- Potential employment opportunities

- Add work experience to the resume

- Recommendation letter from startup

- Potentially serve as on the advisory board (eventually)

- Satisfaction of helping a startup succeed!

SPEAKER PANEL

Jessica McKinley, is a development director at Zymergen, where she manages a technical team to develop new tools, and prepare for customer interactions. Before joining Zymergen, she spent four years at McKinsey & Company, where she specialized in developing and implementing new operating procedures after crises for a variety of activities, including oil rig operations, rail transportation, mining, and utility safety. She completed her PhD in chemical engineering at UC Berkeley and helped start a biotech company focused on automated high throughput screening for metabolic toxicity.

Naresh Sunkara is a Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor for Research (Postdoctoral Affairs) at UC Berkeley. In this role, he has successfully implemented several new initiatives including an internship program for postdocs and graduate students to train them in technology evaluation, and licensing & marketing them to interested companies through the IPIRA office at UC Berkeley. Previously, he was a postdoctoral scientist at UC Berkeley, developing novel technologies for delivery of RNA based drugs for treating viral infections. During his time at Berkeley, he founded and chaired the Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Program (BPEP) since 2010. The mission of BPEP is to educate and mentor postdocs and graduate students to bolster their entrepreneurship skills for the purpose of transforming university research into startup companies. While in graduate school, he served on the Graduate Education Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society. He is also the CEO of a startup company, Nosocom Solutions Inc, which develops technologies to reduce healthcare acquired infections (HAI) in hospitals.

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