Business & Commercial Development
Use analytical skills and technical knowledge to inform business and commercial operations, including sales, marketing, finance, new product acquisition/development/support, corporate consulting/strategy
Example job titles
Application scientist | Business/corporate development analyst/manager/associate/director | Business development specialist | Chief executive officer (CEO) | Chief financial officer (CFO) | Chief information officer (CIO) | Chief scientific officer (CSO)* | Chief technical officer (CTO)* | Consulting scientist/engineer* | Development officer/manager* | Division/research program head/director* | Enterpreneur | Field application specialist | Investment analyst/banker | Life science specialist | Market researcher | Marketing specialist | Management consultant | Medical science liaison* | President | Product development scientist/engineer | Technical sales representative | Technical support representative/specialist | Technology commercialization agent* | Technology licensing agent/specialist/associate/manager* | Technology specialist | Technology transfer agent/officer/specialist/manager* | Venture capitalist
*These job titles appear in other career pathways
Additional keywords for more information or job postings
Business | Finance | Management consulting | Sales | Marketing | Development | Commercialization
Get up-to-speed & stay current
- Access resources in the "Read About Careers" section of myIDP, including curated articles, lists of professional societies, etc.
Look for the corresponding myIDP categories: Sales & marketing of science-related products | Support of science-related products | Business of science | Entrepreneurship
- Follow trade magazines and e-newsletters (e.g. MassBio news page, BioSpace news subscriptions and career resources, BioWorld, Biotechnology Industry Organization, etc.) to get a better sense of current industry news and trends.
- Build your knowledge of business and commercial development lingo by reading books and articles, and attending workshops and seminars featuring business leaders, particularly if they are Ph.D.-trained scientists who successfully navigated this career transition
- Learn about the basics of entrepreneurship and commercialization through the Entrepreneurship Educators Forum
- Read within your scientific field and broadly. Make connections between your research and other areas.
Build your network
- Participate in MassTERi eClub events to learn about entrepreneurship and build connections with colleagues and faculty who share your interests
- Check for local events on the Boston Business Journal listing
- Create a LinkedIn profile and use it strategically to expand your network.
Get training & experience
- Attend an M2D2 (Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center) training or informational event
- Attend skill-building events and workshops focused on business development, leadership, and management, such as those hosted by organizations like MassBio, MASS AWIS, WEST, etc.
- Apply for Stay in MA funding to attend events of technology and business organizations in the region to further your professional development
Deeper training opportunities & experiences
- Enter the M2D2 New Venture Competition or another business plan competition
- Apply for a Fellowship Program for a full-time, 12-week, stipended experience in entrepreneurship at Flagship Ventures
- Ready to develop a new technology? Check-out specialized equipment and training available through the Worcester-based non-profit, Technocopia
- Search for biomedical business, leadership, and management training offered through research institutes and professional societies; for example:
- Keck Graduate Institute Summer Intensive Program in bioscience management for advanced graduate students & postdocs
Gearing up for a career transition?
- Read about making the transition from academia into business.
- Use the Greater Boston Network of Interview Practice Partners to prepare for interviews in consulting, finance, and business roles.
- All transitions (even those that are positive, desired, and successful) involve some amount of stress. This article on "Understanding the Impact of Change" from the NIH OITE blog offers a practical approach for considering an upcoming transition and doing a brief self-assessment to navigate change effectively.
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