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City of Hope Helps KGI Launch New Management Training Program for Scientists
Date:8/14/2008

CLAREMONT, Calif., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in collaboration with City of Hope, a leading biomedical research and treatment center, announced the launch of its new Certificate in Bioscience Management program for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. KGI has secured funding to allow a limited number of City of Hope students to enroll in the program with scholarships that will cover tuition.

"KGI has routinely been approached by PhD level science students interested in acquiring the management skills that they will need to be successful in industry," said T. Gregory Dewey, PhD, KGI's senior vice president for academic affairs, dean of faculty and Robert E. Finnigan professor. "We are excited by City of Hope's partnership in beginning this new program which will benefit young scientists and researchers at City of Hope and address a significant workforce issue faced by companies throughout the life sciences industry."

Dewey added that both science and management skills are essential in enabling effective teamwork between the technical and business employees of life science companies. "Scientists with business training will be better prepared for opportunities to move into managerial positions within companies as their careers progress," he said.

To obtain the Certificate in Bioscience Management, students will be required to take the equivalent of five one-unit (or full-semester) courses at KGI. Half of this course load will consist of required courses that are aimed at providing an introduction to strategy, marketing, organizational behavior and finance. The remaining courses will be electives drawn primarily from second-year management courses that are offered as part of KGI's Master of Bioscience program.

In addition to learning about management, participants in the certificate program may also enroll in specialized courses in entrepreneurship. These offerings include courses focused on building and managing entrepreneurial organizations, an applied course in which teams of students develop business plans for emerging life science companies, and courses in business law and intellectual property. Because of KGI's exclusive focus on the life sciences, these entrepreneurship courses are ideally structured to provide skill-sets for commercializing scientific discovery.

KGI anticipates that most students will enroll in the program on a part-time basis, taking about one course per semester. Students will be able to take a KGI course on a trial basis to determine their interests in the certificate program and then decide at a later point whether to enroll. Scholarship assistance is available for a limited number of students.

City of Hope Background

City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer and urology by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit http://www.cityofhope.org.

KGI Background

Educating the future leaders of the bioscience industry, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) offers an interdisciplinary graduate education through its Master of Bioscience (MBS) degree program and its PhD program in Applied Life Sciences. Using team-based learning and real-world projects, KGI's innovative curriculum seamlessly combines applied life sciences, bioengineering, bioethics and business management. KGI also has a robust research program concentrating on the translation of basic discoveries in the life sciences into applications that can benefit society. KGI is a member of The Claremont Colleges, located in Claremont, California.

Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences is dedicated to education and research aimed at translating into practice, for the benefit of society, the power and potential of the life sciences.


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