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Introduction to Consulting for Science PhDs

by | May 2, 2018

About the Presentation:

This engaging presentation provides an introduction and overview of consulting for anyone who has wondered, “What *is* consulting?” Although intended for a wide range of science grad students and postdocs with little or no prior knowledge, the detail provided will be valuable even for those who have a baseline knowledge. Topics for discussion include variations in types of consulting, how consulting firms sell projects to clients, example projects, illustrative daily schedules, comparisons between firms, motivations to pursue consulting, and much more. The content has been developed by a former BCG Consultant who provides a candid perspective with more than two years of on-the-job experience.

About the speakers:

Matt Cook, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Director of Strategic Planning at Gilead Sciences. Previously, he was a Project Leader in the San Francisco office of the Boston Consulting Group. He joined BCG in 2015 and focused exclusively on healthcare projects encompassing pharma, biotech, and medtech topics in R&D, commercial and medical affairs. Before BCG Matt worked in two different postdocs at UCSF with a year-long stint in between at an education tech company, Udacity. Matt earned his PhD in Cell Biology from Duke University in 2010. He has five first-authored papers published in peer-reviewed journals and another six papers on which he is co-author.

Anna Wade, Ph.D., is currently a VP of Portfolio and Operations at Navire Pharma and BridgeBio. Previously, she was a Consultant in the Los Angeles office of LEK, a life-science focused consulting firm. She joined LEK in 2015 and was dedicated to working on diligence, strategy, and operations projects across the life sciences industry. Her clients spanned large Pharma, Biotech, Med Device, Diagnostics and life science tools companies. Before LEK Anna was a postdoc at UCSF in the department of neurological surgery. Anna earned her PhD in Neuroscience from University College London in 2011 and her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from University of Cambridge in 2006.


UC Berkeley
Wednesday, May 2nd 
6:00 to 7:30 PM
375 LeConte
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This event is co-hosted with UC Berkeley PhD to Consulting Club.

Thursday, May 3rd
6:00 to 7:30 PM
120 LKSC
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This event is co-hosted with Stanford ADC Consulting Club.
Wednesday, May 9th
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Mission Hall MH-1407
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This event is co-hosted with UCSF Consulting Club.