Biotech Careers

Thank you for your increasing coverage of professional and career-related material of interest to scientists. I've noticed the trend, and it is certainly a positive one for The Scientist. However, I must take exception to the cover story by Franklin Hoke in the March 20, 1995, issue. This feature, entitled "Smaller Biotechs Capturing Top Talent From Large Pharmaceutical Competitors" [page 1], seems to perpetuate a number of stereotypes that could have been presented in a more balanced fashion.

David Jensen
May 28, 1995

Thank you for your increasing coverage of professional and career-related material of interest to scientists. I've noticed the trend, and it is certainly a positive one for The Scientist.

However, I must take exception to the cover story by Franklin Hoke in the March 20, 1995, issue. This feature, entitled "Smaller Biotechs Capturing Top Talent From Large Pharmaceutical Competitors" [page 1], seems to perpetuate a number of stereotypes that could have been presented in a more balanced fashion. I've always felt that scientists want accurate information about every issue in their life, whether at the bench or when entering the worst job market of the decade.

I would agree that there are many exciting opportunities available with the young biotech companies. Your article, though, seems to indicate that there is some sort of a stampede taking place in which large-company employees are suddenly moving in droves to the startup....

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