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For the first time, BioFlorida will introduce a free career workshop for graduate students and post-docs as part of the 13th Annual Conference, scheduled for October 24 – 26 at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Ft. Lauderdale. Presented by Scripps Florida and Workforce Alliance, this special event on Sunday, October 24 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. will provide attendees valuable professional advice as they enter the job search process.
“BioFlorida has initiated an exciting professional development event for post-docs and students, early in their careers, to gain valuable job seeking tips from some of Florida’s most influential bioscience leaders and career coaching professionals,” said Vanessa Paulman, Senior Scholar Advisor for Scripps Florida and part of the BioFlorida conference committee. “This will also be a unique networking opportunity among Florida’s scientific research, industry and business community.”
The career workshop will focus on creating a high impact resume; effective interview strategies; analyzing job postings; and asking the right questions from prospective employers. In addition, BioFlorida has assembled a panel of some of the state’s top scientific business leaders to discuss what bioscience employers are looking for in top candidates. Participants include Dr. Claudia Hillinger, Vice President for Institute Development, Max Planck Florida Institute; Dr. Stephen Hitchcock, Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery; Envoy Therapeutics; Dr. Richard Houghton, President, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies; and Dr. Harry Orf, Vice President for Scientific Operations & Professor of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Florida.

The workshop will be followed by a networking reception. Both events are free, however, advanced registration is required and can be done online by clicking here.

BioFlorida is also offering university students, faculty and post-docs a special rate of $150 to attend the full two-day conference. More than 400 guests are expected this year, and a total of 50 speakers will share their insights on the latest trends and issues in the fast-growing field of bioscience. Some special features to this year’s conference include company investor presentations, face-to-face meetings through biopartnering.com and the first public gene patent debate between opposing counsel for this high-profile ongoing case. Plus, a former HHS Secretary, a billionaire biotech investor, a renowned physician/inventor and the head of a $1B Florida diagnostic company will serve as keynote speakers.

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