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Target candidate identification and prioritization for a drug design platform

by | July 7, 2023

What you will do:

You will be working with an early-stage biotechnology company seeking to develop their pipeline using their novel drug design platform. You will identify and rank potential druggable targets that are compatible with the platform technology based on the targets’ biological and commercial feasibility. You will then construct a comprehensive development pitch including the preclinical development roadmap and a target product profile for prioritized targets to identify pipeline opportunities. You will synthesize information from drug databases, primary literature, company websites, clinical trials, and investor reports to outline a drug development strategy to the client.

Project timeline:

Week of July 17th – Week of September 11th (8 weeks total)

Who you are:

  • A graduate/professional student (i.e. PhD, MS, MBA, MD, PharmD), postdoc, or recent graduate
  • Enthusiastic about gaining life-science business experience and helping a company select drug target candidates to test with their drug design technology platform.
  • Eager to build communication skills and professional network through presenting findings to the
    consulting team and client
  • Interest or research experience in some of the following categories: protein identification, protein families and pathways mapping, market landscaping, patient segmentation, clinical trial analysis, product development, and commercialization strategy.
  • Able to commit 10-15 hours/week as a volunteer

What you will get:

  • Experience conducting consulting-style research including target and asset prioritization, market and competitive landscaping, and clinical trial information synthesis in collaboration with a drug development team in industry
  • Development of your professional network and communication skills through interactions with the client, interviewed stakeholders, your teammates, and BCBA leadership
  • Skills that will make you highly competitive for entrepreneurial, consulting, venture capital, and
    business development careers
  • Reimbursement for meals during team meetings

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 for jobs in biotech companies, consulting, and venture capital. Over 450 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.

To Apply:

Please submit this Google form by Friday, July 7thMore information about BCBA can be found here. Please reach out to if you have any questions!