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Professional Societies (for a field specific listing, see our mentoring pages)

BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) and NYBIO

PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America)

SP (Safety Pharmacology Society)


Read about Industrial Postdocs in this ScienceCareers article

Mythbusting for Academics: Considering a job in biotech/pharma MYTHS are based on kernels of truth, like

  • Industry is the easy road
  • You cannot publish or present your work in industry
  • There is a lack of intellectual freedom and ability to be creative in industry
  • Biased results in industry?

Biotech Primer's compendium of drug development acronyms; biotech and drug development terms

Personal reflections on building a career in pharma from Carlo Nalin at Novartis


According to the NSF survey of doctorate recipients (2013) about 16% of postdocs in the life sciences are in business or industry 

2014 NY BioMed Industry Report (the BEST Program is highlighted on p.18 "Raising the Bar")

Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014: a robust bioscience industry with strong prospects for growth

  • US bioscience companies employed 1.62 million people in 73,000 businesses in 2012
  • in the last 10 years 111,000 new high paying jobs have been added (up 7.4%)
  • economic output has grown 17% for the biosciences (twice the national private sector growth) since 2007
  • average wages are 80% higher than the overall private sector


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