Leading Life Science – Show yourself as a person, not just as a scientist.

February 26, 2015 - 4 minutes read

colinIf you’re wondering what it takes to go from a career in academia to a career in industry listen in to this episode’s guest.

We get to hear how this is done in this episode of the Leading Life Science Radio Podcast, with today’s guest, Dr. Colin White.

Colin is the Chief Scientific Officer at Parcell Laboratories. Their work introduces cutting edge stem cell technologies to regenerative medicine, like those in Bone, in Cartilage, or even in the rejuvenative properties of skin.


He’s also the co-founder and principal at White Consulting, LLC.  He takes his clients through a step by step process and coaches them on how to actually make those moves.

I’ve known him for awhile now, and he was gracious enough to come on to the show to share his journey. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot.

I encourage you to give feedback and to let us know what you like, or don’t like about the episode. Your constructive feedback will help to improve future episodes. We’re looking to deliver great lessons and information to young future scientific leaders, like you.

Leadership may feel like a lonely journey, but each of our stories tell more familiar one.

I encourage you to give feedback and to let us know what you like, or don’t like about the episode. Your constructive feedback will help to improve future episodes. We’re looking to deliver great lessons and information to young future scientific leaders, like you.

Leadership may feel like a lonely journey, but each of our stories tell more familiar one.

So, let’s listen in on this one:

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Today’s show we ask Colin some of the following questions that has helped him to lead such an amazingly successful career transition:

  • What are the key differences & similarities between academia & industry?
  • Who were your inspirational leaders in your career?
  • What strategy do you use to find an industry position?
  • How do you recruit the best team for a small company?
  • What critical skill(s) in your academic training has helped you to transition?
  • What kind of skillsets do industry hiring managers look for?

SOME OF WHAT WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE:

  • More than 76% of industry positions are NOT advertised.
  • Complimentary personalities serve as a great team dynamic.
  • Networking is key to finding and hiring for industry jobs.
  • Global perspective is key to knowing how your skills can fit into a company’s portfolio.
  • Academics don’t give themselves enough credit.
  • Recognize breadth of skillset is more important in industry.

Thanks to Colin for joining us today to talk about his journey to lead a team of dedicated scientists to running a young biotech and what it takes to transition from academia to industry.

Also, thank you for listening and contributing. If you like the show, please leave a comment below and subscribe.

If there’s a great mentor or leader that has helped you in your career in the life sciences, please let us know. We’d love to share their story with the rest of the community so that we may all learn.

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg

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