Biotechnology Careers Event

This is the event that was cancelled at Kings and is being rescheduled at Birkbeck and UCL.

LBN Career Track presents:

“Careers in Life Sciences: Bench & Business”

Friday 26th March 2010

Birkbeck College, Bloomsbury, London


As a world renowned centre of excellence, London and the UK produce some of the best talent in the world in the life science sector. Following BSc, PhD or Post-Doc there are a multitude of career paths available to scientists – these can be at the lab bench or moving into the business side.

LBN Career Track was established with LDA support in order to provide graduates, PhD students and Post-Docs with some hands on information about various careers, what the day job is, how to get started and so on.

But it’s not all about skills! Employers told us that job applicants would be more employable if they understood more about the drug discovery process, industry trends and pressures, international perspectives and business awareness, so we try and address this also to provide a rounded forum, not a simple careers fair


12.30 Doors Open

Knowing your market

13.00 Welcome from the chair, Tony Jones, Director, London Biotechnology Network

13.15 Building a successful career in R&D

         Dr Alan Palmer, CEO MS Therapeutics

13.40 How can universities help industry and what role do scientists play?

         Dr Tony Jones, London Biotechnology Network

14.05 Packaging science for commercialisation – A patent attorney’s career

         Dr Richard Williams, Partner, Harrison Goddard Foote

14.30 Lessons from science careers events – Project Management: A transferable skill that is key to success

         Anita Howard, CEO, Ya-Ya Events

14.55 – 15.30 Refreshment break

So what are the jobs really like?

15.30 Working in a small biotech company – is it really like being in Academia?

         Dr Chris Johnson, Senior Researcher, Plasticell Ltd

15.55 Making internships work for you

         Dr James Gazzard, Royal Veterinary College

16.20 Where science meets finance

         Dr Fraser Campbell, independent bio-finance consultant

16.45 Closing remarks and Q&A

17.00 Close

This event is kindly hosted by Birkbeck College and sponsored by London First and London Development Agency

Places are limited and require pre-registration we would be grateful if you could register by email to Tony Jones at as soon as possible

Interns within the biotechnology and pharma sector

Just spotted this:
 Salary: £18-20k pro rata plus training
 Closing Deadline: 07 Mar 2010

 The University of Reading is offering 5-month internships at host
 companies for graduates and postgraduates wanting to gain
 skills and experience within the biotechnology and
 pharmaceutical industries.
 Relevant disciplines: life sciences courses, chemistry
 engineering, material science, mathematics, physics and
 For details visit:

Careers in Science forum

My colleague Laura McKenzie has put together a great programme for

Wednesday, 17 February: 1.00-4.30

in Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guy’s Campus

 Speakers will cover woking in Pharma and Biotech, Science communication, Healthcare consultancy and Patents.

 Draft Programme

 1.00-1.20           Informal networking; opportunity to browse careers materials & recruitment stands

 1.30-2.15           Session One:

Working in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries

Working in the pharmaceutical industry                Peter Llewellyn – Network  Pharma

Working in Biotechnology                                   James Hunter, Proximagen Ltd

2.30-3.00           Session Two: Alternatives to research

Patent work

Philip Webber – Patent Attorney, Frank B Dehn & Co

Healthcare consultancy                                    

  Paul Gittins – Red Consultancy

3.15-4.00           Session Three: Working in science communications

Science communications and events                   Dominique Driver – Science Museum

Medical Writing                                           Philippa Cates – Medicus International

Scientific publishing               Ruth King & Natasha Mellins-Cohen  – Biomed Central

Patents and Intellectual Property careers

Trainee Patent Attorney 

Carpmaels & Ransford

Carpmaels & Ransford annually employs up to six trainee patent attorneys. Further information on the firm and Open Days visit our website

Next open day –10 Dec – apply now!


  Info for applicants 


Carpmaels & Ransford, 43-45 Bloomsbury Square, London, , WC1A 2RA


How to apply

CV with covering letter

Biomed Postgrads into IP – in Japan?

Message ( and a compliment) from a Japanese IP firm to our word class ‘Biomedical Graduate Programme’

“I am the hiring attorney of a progressive & international full service
patent law firm in Osaka, Japan. Our Firm has been reported by Nature
437:1061 (October 2005) as “a leading biotechnology intellectual
property firm” in Osaka.

We have a growing global patent practice representing major Japanese &
Foreign MNCs in the worldwide protection and enforcement of patents &
trademarks. We represent cutting edge healthcare companies like Amgen,
Biogen-IDEC and Novartis.

It is widely known that your Biomedical graduate program has an
unequaled reputation as one of the best in the field, which is
why we would like  to recruit suitable masters/PhD graduates your
institute for Biotech Specialists to be based in Osaka for three years.

International graduates are also especially welcome to apply for the

We are seeking candidates who are your alumni or final year graduating
students to take up the entry level position of Biotech Specialists to
commence employment in Osaka before end 2009.

Please feel free to circulate to graduating students who may be
interested in working overseas and being exposed to the cutting-edge
healthcare technologies.

Thank you very much for your kind assistance and co-operation.”

John A. Tessensohn, Esq.
OSAKA, 540-6015 JAPAN