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N.C. Biotechnology Center Launches Industrial Fellowship Program
Date:7/1/2008

program director. As a former postdoctoral fellow at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Massachusetts, she understands the problem first-hand.

Mid-level scientific positions typically require both postdoctoral training and commercial experience, she said, yet few companies provide transitional opportunities. Moreover, there is little consensus as to what constitutes an entry-level corporate position for a Ph.D. scientist with no industry experience. Many small- and mid-size companies can only afford to hire researchers as either technicians or as senior scientists. Ph.D. scientists coming out of academia are often dismissed as being overqualified for technical jobs but not qualified enough for senior positions.

Program details

To facilitate the connection between scientist and company, the Biotechnology Center will provide two years of salary and benefits for five NCBC Industrial Fellowship recipients per year. Eligible sponsors are North Carolina biotechnology companies that are engaged in discovery or contract research. The company must provide a senior scientist to mentor the fellow.

Fellows are Ph.D. scientists who are hired by the sponsor company as full-time employees. Additionally, NCBC fellows will have access to programs in business, intellectual property, regulatory affairs and other areas to complement their training.

Five sponsoring companies will be chosen by the Biotechnology Center for the first year of the program. The Biotechnology Center will collect scientists' applications and forward them to the chosen companies for final selection.

Call for sponsoring companies

The Biotechnology Center is currently accepting applications from sponsoring companies. Details and applications for companies and fellowship candidates are available at http://www.ncbiotech.org/fellowship.

The deadline for company applications is July 15, 2008.

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