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Business Beyond the PhD: Leveraging Your Academic Skillsets in Life Science Business Development

by | June 13, 2019

This event will feature two recent Bay Area postdocs who transitioned to roles in Business Development in industry. In a panel discussion, they’ll share experiences from their current roles, give advice on how to prepare for this career change, the resources they found helpful, and answer questions from the audience. If possible, please send questions in advance to

About the speakers:

Serra Elliott, PhD is Associate Director of Business Development at Biodesy and is a Board Director for the nonprofit, Biotech Connection – Bay Area, Inc. (BCBA). At Biodesy, Serra focuses on identifying and building partnerships that leverage Biodesy’s novel technology for drug discovery and development. Before joining Biodesy, Serra was President of BCBA and a postdoctoral scientist at Stanford in the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology working on immune repertoire sequencing. She completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, where she used bacterial displayed peptide libraries to profile disease-associated epitope repertoires.

Ryan T. Jones, PhD, is Director of Business Development at System1 Biosciences, and a Board Director of BiotechConnection – Bay Area, Inc. At System1, Ryan establishes and manages partnerships with academic institutions, foundations, biotechs and pharma companies to support System1’s drug discovery efforts in neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric and other neurological diseases. Before joining System1, Ryan was an alliance manager at AbbVie Stemcentrx, where he managed partnerships supporting AbbVie’s discovery and early development programs in solid tumor cancers. Ryan was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF and earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where his research focused on mechanisms of neural excitability and epilepsy.

Thursday, June 13th
6:00 PM
Li Ka Shing Center, Room LK102
291 Campus Drive, Stanford