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From Bench to Business is all about bridging the gap between the science world and the business world. I give hints about how to start your own biotech business, highlight new and emerging biotech companies and products, as well as how larger companies are affecting the biotech world.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

I used to think I would spend my life at the bench doing research. After all, my family is filled with scientists. Whenever I would talk about moving over to the business side, my family would always reply "Why? What on earth would you want to do that for?" I never really had a response. A great mentor of mine gave me a great response, "Because I love it."

Much like my family, scientists as a whole seem to place a stigma on incorporating business and science. Almost as if to say, "If you can make a profit off of it, then it simply isn't pure science." If you want evidence of this, look no further than the fiasco going on over at ScienceBlogs. An advertorial, (albeit not appropriately labeled) has caused such an outrage that there has been a mass exodus of the bloggers from the site. ScienceBlogs has taken down the advertorial, but the drama ensues.

On the flip side, I meet with scientists on a daily basis, and many have great ideas that they are dying to share with the world. Sure they want to make money off their great idea, but when you see the look on their faces when they talk, you know it isn't about the money. Most I see get hung up on either the stigma, or because they simply don't know where to start.

I am dedicated to bringing practical tips to those who want to start their own business or who are simply just interested in what is going on on the business side. You can expect, highlights of small business out there, helpful hints, and sometimes a rant or two.

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Hi Holly,
These are great topics to cover. I am looking forward to reading your advice!

biochem belle
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Hi, Holly. I'm excited to hear this whole new perspective on LabSpaces :)

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Thanks Jade and Belle! I am really hoping to provide you with a lot of great content.

Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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I can't tell you enough times how excited I am for your series to start, and having Jade Ed's commentary down here will only make this series more informative!

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I'd like to hear your opinion on the new professional science masters degree. These are hybrid business and science degrees. Have you had any exposure to them?

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Hi polostar-
Yes I have heard a lot about them and the MS/MBA seems to be popping up at key universities all over the US. (Example: John Hopkins and UCSD). I think they are a great idea and should ultimately drive business in the life sciences. I do think that life sciences, as compared to say the computer sciences, shy away from business.
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