What is a Startup?
Comparing working at a startup to more established companies? Scitable offers this comparison: “Large companies tend to have more funds available, are often more stable, and hire people with a wide range of skills. Small companies are often looking for very specific skill sets to complement their small teams. Both large and small companies expect their scientists to work hard to achieve their goals, but many people who work in small companies require extra flexibility to do a variety of tasks as they may not have expertise in every area.”
What does a career at a Startup look like?
- Mark Terry at Biospace answers the question: What do you really need to know about working for a startup?
- Here’s 7 things you should know about working in a startup from Luke Timmerman at Xconomy.
- This Pharma-Recruitment article answers the question: Should you join a biotech startup?
- Learn about the Successful Failure Of A Biotech Startup from Bruce Booth at Forbes.
- Should you do a postdoc or join a startup?
What are some job titles for people who work at Startups?
- Application Scientist, Chief Scientist, Senior Scientist
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
- Chief Operating Officer (COO)
- Chief Scientific Officer
- Head of Scientific Operations
- Product Manager
- Director of:
- Customer Operations
- Early Drug Discovery
- Drug Product Development and Manufacturing
- Scientific Partnerships
- Vice President of:
- Clinical Development
- Manufacturing and Process Sciences
- Head of:
- Nonclinical Development
- Strategic Alliances
How to transition into a Startup?
Career Transition Story: Bioengineering PhD to startup
Want to start a Startup?
- Check out UCSF’s Entrepreneurship Center resources.
- Here’s some advice for starting a company by Margo R. Monroe on Addgene’s blog.
- Theresa Phillips offers some suggestions for financing a startup on The Balance.
- More advice for getting a startup going:
- So you want to start a biotech startup by Joseph Murphy at Eureka
- 5 Expert Tips to Build a Successful Biotech Startup by Clara Rodríguez Fernández at Labiotech
- How to start a biotech company by Adriana Tajonar in Molecular Biology of the Cell
Examples of organizations that hire PhDs
- UCSF Startups
- Best biotech startups
- Finding startups: A place to start could be looking at Venture capital organizations that fund startups, such as the National Venture Capital Association (nvca.org) webpage
Find your community
- UCSF Innovation, Technology & Alliances Entrepreneurship Center supports UCSF scientists that want to begin a startup through courses, programs, and connections in the industry
- Join the UCSF Entrepreneurs’ Club
Is working for or starting a startup a good fit for you?
Good question! Find out by completing the AAAS's My Individual Development Plan Assessment Tool, which OCPD co-created. Answer three assessments and it will calculate and compare your skills/interests/values responses to key factors for 60 different career paths within 20 different career categories that are options for you as a scientist (including consulting!). Click on the image to the left to see a sample report.
Ready to start your job search?
Advice for finding a job at a biotech startup.
Take a look at some sample job descriptions.
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