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Market opportunity assessment for a novel electroporation technology

by | January 26, 2022

Who we are:

BCBA connects academic science trainees and recent graduates to the Bay Area’s biotech industry through hands-on consulting and due diligence projects. We are a volunteer organization composed of PhD students, post-docs, medical trainees, and young professionals looking to gain professional development skills for jobs in biotech companies, consulting, and venture capital. Over 300 scientists from across the country have participated in BCBA projects and have gone on to internships and full-time positions with leading biotech companies, consulting firms, and venture capitals firms.

Project timeline: March – May 2022, 10-12 weeks

Who you are:

  • A graduate or professional student (i.e. PhD, MD, PharmD, MBA, MS), postdoc, clinical resident, or recent graduate
  • Enthusiastic about gaining life-science business experience and helping a company identify how to best develop and apply their technology
  • Interest or experience in some of the following categories: microfluidics, high-throughput science techniques, market research, industry research, consulting
  • Able to commit 10-15 hours/week as a volunteer

What you will do:

You will be working with a company that develops microfluidic technologies for diverse scientific applications. The company recently developed a high-throughput electroporation technology for a very specific application with a large pharmaceutical partner. Now the company would like to determine new and more general uses for their technology.

To accomplish this, you and your BCBA teammates will:

  • Identify and prioritize market opportunities for the electroporation technology by analyzing the technologies advantages, potential application areas, and competing products
  • Recommend a commercial form of the technology for the top identified opportunities by speaking with key stakeholders in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries

What you will gain:

  • Experience working on a diverse team to solve an open-ended and challenging business problem
  • Experience conducting market analysis, identifying market opportunities for a new technology, strategizing the adoption of that new technology
  • Development of your professional network and communication skills through interactions with the client, interviewed stakeholders, your teammates, and BCBA leadership

To Apply: Submit this Google form by Monday, February 7th