Biotech Analysts, Consultants, and Business Managers share many of the same skills and responsibilities at the intersection of business and biomedicine. Individuals in these positions are tasked with putting together market and commercial analyses of potential new biotech companies or existing companies with new technologies. They can also be asked to scout out potential new clients at scientific conferences, universities, and industry site visits. These positions must be able to work individually or as part of a team, and must be able to communicate and present their conclusions to colleagues and clients.
As an academic researcher over the past decade, I have developed the skills necessary to undertake each of these responsibilities, and more. As part of the student-run organization, Enventure, I have learned how to perform market and commercial analyses, which mainly consists of personal experience in the relevant field(s), knowing the best questions to ask the clients, and searching databases to find the information needed. As someone who has attended and presented at multiple national and international scientific conferences, I am also familiar with how best to navigate and scout out technologies with the most potential.
It is the nature of biomedical research to work both individually and as part of a team. Individually, I have been responsible for designing and carrying out experiments to answer research questions. From the results of those experiments, I may have to design new experiments, utilize different techniques to confirm results of the first experiments, or report my findings to my colleagues/supervisor. In addition, a research lab is, in essence, a team. While we each have our own experiments/projects, we commonly work towards a singular greater goal, whether it be a more overarching research question or are taking complementary approaches to address the same clinical shortcoming.
With my experience in various research laboratories, I also have developed a thorough understanding of many different clinical fields and the technologies being used to fill the gaps in their treatment abilities. When taking on a new research project, I read up on and learn about the different teams and technologies being developed in the same field. As such, I analyze each technology for its benefits, risks, and shortcomings to address the clinical or research question described. I am also able to determine whether the presented data supports the drawn conclusions and broader impact.