Impact Through Bioinnovation Our Impact on Students

“The Center's Fundamentals Program
provided me with the foundation
upon which I’m building my career.”

- Li Liu, PhD
Read Li Liu's Story

The ability of a PhD scientist to secure a tenure track faculty position, something they have been trained to do for more than a decade, has sharply declined in the last ten years. The Center for Biotechnology has been developing innovative programs to address this issue for years. We continue to work to prepare the scientific talent in the region to positively impact the future of the bioscience industry, be it through a position in industry, not for profit organization, government or academia. The individuals who have gone through our programs often refer to them as transformative, having had a significant impact on the trajectory of their lives.

More than 300 students have participated in our cornerstone workforce development program, the Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry Program, since its inception in 2004. Close to 75% of graduates remain connected to the program through the Alumni Network.

In the last five years, we’ve launched the Technology Commercialization Fellowship program, a one year, full-time fellowship where participants develop and implement strategic consulting, business development and technology commercialization services on behalf of bioscience companies throughout Long Island and New York State. Our commercialization fellows play an active role in client projects and portfolios and serve as support for the Center’s outreach activities, and the program provides fellows a bridge between their academic pursuits and a professional position in industry.

Click here to read about the experiences of our program participants in their own words.