KGI and Smith College Establish Leadership Forum for Women in Bioscience

Saturday, September 22, 2007 General News
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CLAREMONT, Calif., Sept. 21 Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)today announced a partnership with Smith College to create the "NextGeneration Bioscience Leaders" forum to help women managers advance in thelife sciences industry.

KGI will host the week-long forum from Jan. 13-18, 2008. Attendees willhave the opportunity to learn from and network with women executives frompharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies along with facultyfrom KGI.

"We are delighted to team up with Smith College to provide this importantopportunity for women scientists and business professionals," said SheldonSchuster, Ph.D., KGI's president. "This forum is an example of KGI'scommitment to educating the life sciences leaders of tomorrow. As biotechcompanies grow and mature, they will need to develop and retain the best andbrightest female staff -- and this forum will help them do just that."

Demand for biotechnology professionals continues to rise, with over100,000 new jobs added in the last five years, according to the US Departmentof Labor. Furthermore, a recent study by KGI shows that over 80 percent of newjob openings at the top biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies call forworkers with skill sets in both business and science.

Offering a comprehensive perspective on the biotechnology industry, theforum will include seminars, roundtable discussions and breakout sessions thatwill be held at KGI, other Claremont Colleges and Casa 425, a brand new luxuryhotel within walking distance from KGI. Rick Winningham, CEO of Theravance,Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, will give the forum's keynote address.

For more information about the forum, contact Diana Bartlett, KGI'sdirector of corporate partnerships, at or Iris Marchaj,director of Smith College Executive Education for Women,

KGI Background

Educating the future leaders of the bioscience industry, Keck GraduateInstitute (KGI) offers an interdisciplinary graduate education through itsMaster of Bioscience (MBS) degree program and its Ph.D. program in AppliedLife Sciences. Using team-based learning and real-world projects, KGI'sinnovative curriculum seamlessly combines applied life sciences,bioengineering, bioethics and business management. KGI also has a robustresearch program concentrating on the translation of basic discoveries in thelife sciences into applications that can benefit society. KGI is a member ofThe Claremont Colleges, located in Claremont, California.

Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences is dedicated to educationand research aimed at translating into practice, for the benefit of society,the power and potential of the life sciences.Topics to be discussed include: -- The global life science industry today and tomorrow - industry drivers, dynamics, opportunities and threats -- The DNA of biotech organizations -- business models, project management, product life cycle and more -- The factors of performance -- finance, human assets and global resources -- The brave new biotechnology leader -- competition, lean six sigma, produce portfolio management -- Mapping your future -- career imprinting, "glass ceiling" lessons learned

SOURCE Keck Graduate Institute

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