Although newly degreed life scientists may be ready for employment in an academic setting, they often come to the business world unprepared for the fast-paced, team-based, results-oriented environment of today's life science industry, a variety of observers from industry and academia assert. Some university and business leaders are helping to rectify such problems by teaming up to create educational programs focused on the business side of science.
"There's obviously a tremendous amount of graduate education in the life sciences," says Henry Riggs, a former president of California's Harvey Mudd College. "But our sense is that it's not geared to the needs of industry or the needs of students who want to go into industry rather than go to medical school or be cloned into academic faculty."
OFFERING AN ALTERNATIVE: Henry Riggs, president of the Keck Graduate Institute, will "let problems drive the nature of the education."
Riggs, now president...
Interested in reading more?
Become a Member of
Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!