On October 22, 2018, over 80 faculty, staff, students and postdocs joined us at the Cove at UCI Applied Innovation for our 2nd annual career workshop featuring eleven UCI alumni all working in scientific industries outside of academia. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas E. Shenk, presented a talk, “From the academy to biotech and pharma”, that touched upon his view of careers in the private sector.
Thomas E. Shenk, PhD
James A. Elkins, Jr. Professor of Life Sciences
Department of Molecular Biology
Co-Director, Programs in Global Health and Health Policy
Following the keynote address, a panel discussion featuring our keynote speaker and four UCI alumni was presented. Dr. Ronnie Hanecak, the Senior Director of Licensing at UCI Applied Innovation was the panel moderator.
Panel members included:
Steve W. Granger, PhD – Chief Scientific Officer, Salimetrics, LLC
Michele Hibbard Kempik, PhD, FACMG –Director of Genetics NeoGenomics Laboratories, LLC
Lisa Matlaf, PhD-Senior Associate, Five Crowns Capital
Holger Roehl, PhD, MBA – Senior Manager, Business Development, Illumina, Inc
The event concluded with one-on-one table discussions with seven additional UCI alumni who were available to all attendees on a one-on-one basis to answer questions or inquiries. This opportunity also allowed for participants to make new professional contacts for future career opportunities.
Table Discussions (Alumni):
Michael Aye, PhD – VP, Molecular Products, Applied BioCode, Inc.
Keith Booher, PhD– Epigenetic Service Projects Mgr Zymo Research Corp.
Christopher Cornell, PhD- Sr. Regional Medical Liaison, Nephrology Amgen, Inc.
Sarah Daijogo, PhD – Staff Scientist, Q2 Solution
Larry Jia, MD – President, Zymo Research Corporation
Erinn Parnell, PhD- Scientist I NeoGenomics Laboratories
Kurt Patterson, PhD- Research Scientist I, Actavalon, Inc.
Thank you to our other university sponsors:
The Institute for Immunology
The Cancer Research Institute
The COVE at UCI Applied Innovation
Click HERE to see photos of our event at the COVE.
Thank you to our photographer from UCI Applied Innovation