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2017 1st Annual CVR Career Workshop

“A Career in Biotech/Pharma: Is it the right fit for you?”


On May 23, 2017 over 75 attendees joined us for our 1st annual career workshop featuring twelve UCI alumni all working in careers in industry. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Don Ganem presented information regarding careers in academia vs industry.

Dr. Don Ganem – Keynote Speaker
Vice President & Global Head, Infectious Diseases Research
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
Emeryville, CA

The second part of our workshop was a panel discussion featuring our keynote speaker and four UCI alumni, and was moderated by Dr. Ronnie Hanecak, the Senior Director of Licensing at UCI Applied Innovation.

Panel members (all alumni) included:
Kristin Bedard, PhD – Vice President, R&D and Head of Virology at Kineta, Inc. in Seattle, WA
Steve W. Granger, PhD – Chief Scientific Officer, Salimetrics, LLC
Felicia Hernandez, PhD -Variant Assessment Scientist, Ambry Genetics
Holger Roehl, PhD, MBA – Senior Manager, Business Development, Illumina, Inc

After the panel discussion seven more UCI alumni who are all industry professionals, were available to all attendees on a one-on-one basis to answer questions or inquiries as well as giving them the ability to make new professional contacts.

Table Discussions (Alumni):
Michael Aye, PhD – VP, Molecular Products, Applied BioCode, Inc.
Lawrence B. Blyn, PhD – Sr. Director, Science & Technology, Ibis Biosciences, Abbott
Sarah Daijogo, PhD – Staff Scientist, Q2 Solution
Janet M. R. Gottlieb, PhD – Director, Medical Communications, Allergan
Larry Jia, MD – President, Zymo Research Corporation
Michele Kempik, PhD, FACMG – Director of Genetics, NeoGenomics
James Yen, PhD – Scientific Affairs – Sr. Scientist, NeoGenomics

Thank you to our other university sponsors:

The COVE at UCI Applied Innovation
UCI Graduate Division

Click HERE to see photos of our event at the COVE at Applied Innovation.