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Michael Koeris' Journey from Grad Student to Entrepreneur: The Story of Sample 6

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 21, 2016 11:52:39 AM

In the third installment in our podcast series, we chat with new Addgene Board Member, Michael Koeris. Dr. Koeris did his graduate work in Professor Jim Collins' lab (then at Boston University, now at MIT) where he worked on understanding bacterial antibiotic resistance. During this time, Dr. Koeris and Professor Timothy Lu (a graduate student in the Collins' lab at the time) got the idea to engineer bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) for use as antibiotics. To develop this idea, Drs. Koeris and Lu founded the biotech startup company, Novophage. As you'll hear Dr. Koeris explain however, the time was not right for the development of phage-based therapeutics. After a brief stint at the venture capital firm, Flagship Ventures, Koeris helped change Novophage's focus. The company went from developing therapeutics to developing phage-based tools for detecting pathogens in food products. Along the way, the company changed its name from Novophage to Sample 6.

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Topics: Career, Interview, Career Readiness, Podcast

Finding Your Perfect Job After University

Posted by Emma Markham on Jan 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM



Being a scientist in my late 20’s, new graduates often ask me for advice on careers available to new science graduates and the pro’s and con’s of working in different sectors. Luckily, I have worked for a variety of different organisations, so I tend to provide them with an overview of my experience and how I felt about the different positions to enable them to decide for themselves.  Here is my experience looking for the perfect job.

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Topics: Career, Career Readiness

Thoughts on the Future of Research 2015 Boston Symposium

Posted by Tyler Ford on Nov 25, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Addgene recently attended and sponsored the Future of Research (FOR) Boston Symposium 2015. I personally participated as a member of the Career Paths Panel on the second day of the symposium and live tweeted throughout the event (look for a ton of tweets from the Symposium under #FORBOS15) - my first time live tweeting: a fun and surprisingly exhausting experience. As Addgene believes many of the topics discussed during the symposium will prove incredibly important to the stability of the biological research enterprise going forward, in this post I’ll point out some of the highlights and takeaways I got from the symposium.

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Topics: Career Readiness

MassBioEd Career Exploration Day at Addgene

Posted by Jessica Welch on Nov 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Last week, 20 students and four chaperones from Denis-Yarmouth Regional High School visited our labs in Cambridge, MA to learn about the wide variety of science careers that Addgenies represent. They kicked off their day with breakfast and an introduction to Addgene with our Executive Director, Joanne Kamens. As a regular contributor of careers blog articles, Joanne had plenty of advice for the group of juniors and seniors, including that it’s never too early to start networking!

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Topics: Career, Networking, Career Readiness

Building Global Connections with the International Mentorship Program USA-EUROPE

Posted by Guest Blogger on Nov 6, 2015 10:30:00 AM

This post was contributed by guest bloggers and IMP organizers Rosario F. Godino, Rocío López-Diego, & Zafira Castano Corsino.

When someone says “internationalization” young hearts often shake with the fear of uncertainty. However, internationalization, the ability to cross country boundaries for both professional and personal development, is essential to excelling in the modern world. Talent knows no boundaries and should not be confined by birth country or financial means. Instead, talent should be realized through equal opportunities for all regardless of origin. It is therefore essential that internationalization become a reality available to all youth, our future, around the world.

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Topics: Career, Networking, Career Readiness

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