The Biotechnology Career Interest Team is supported by the Biotility program at the UF Center of Excellence in Regenerative Health Biotechnology (CERHB).  Biotility is a state resource for biotechnology and medical device industries, and for individuals seeking to transition into industry careers.  Biotility provides high-quality short-courses for professionals, students preparing to enter industry careers, and researchers, all of whom seek to expand and deepen their knowledge in technical and regulatory details unique to biotechnology industries and translational research.  UF graduate courses that are especially relevant to biotechnology careers will be included in the career course listing.

Contact:  Tamara Mandell, MEd, CERHB Assistant Director for Education and Training (

Biotility has moved to a new testing and training facility!  Come visit us in Foundation Park, 14193 NW 119th Terrace, Alachua, FL 32615

From Neuroscience to Oncology, Small Molecules to Cell Therapy – Expect Constant Change in Your Industry Career

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Chris Davis, PhDCelGene logo
Director, Global Project Leader
Cell Therapy Research & Early Development, Celgene

4:00 pm, Thursday, August 29, 2019

McKnight Brain Institute Auditorium, room LG-101


Dr. Davis received his PhD from the University of Florida in the lab of Dr. Jeffery Harrison, followed by post-doc positions at Scripps in La Jolla, CA and Novartis in Basel, Switzerland. He then pursed a career path through pharmaceutical industry, eventually rising to his current scientific leadership role. Celgene is hiring for numerous positions so please come and hear from Dr. Davis about these opportunities and his work!   (Download seminar flyer)

Please join Dr. Davis for a lunch or dinner!  To RSVP for lunch or dinner, please contact Kartika ( and/or Ashley (
Lunch: Harrell Medical Education, Rm 331, at 1:00 pm.  Lunches will be provided.
Dinner:  August 29 at 6:15 pm, location TBD.

Dr. Davis’ visit is sponsored by the College of Medicine Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences

“From Postdoc to Industry” Workshop and Resume Editing – September 3rd

Dr. AroraAre you thinking about transitioning to a career in industry, but are not sure where to start? Here’s your chance to talk to a former UF Postdoc who’s recently made the jump to industry and ask candid questions about your hopes and concerns.

Meet with Dr. Harneet Arora, UF Postdoc Alumnus, and learn how she leveraged her academic research experience to start her career in industry. Dr. Arora is a physiotherapist by background. She completed her PhD and Postdoc at UF, where she gained experience in patient care, clinical research, clinical trials, and management. She leveraged that experience to land her current position as a clinical project manager where she is managing a multicenter clinical trial across US and Canada.

Both Sessions will be at Communicore CG-68 on September 3rd, 2019. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Receive personalized feedback on your CV or resume.  Sign up for a 10 minute resume consulting session with Dr. Arora to get advice on how to transform your academic CV to a competitive industry resume. You must bring a hard copy of your CV/Resume to the session. There are only 5 one-on-one editing sessions available so Sign up now! If you sign up and are not able to attend, contact to cancel your session.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch-time seminar: Register now!  Dr. Arora will share key tips for approaching the industry job search then will lead a group discussion on some of the myths and concerns that surround the academic to industry career transition. Participants are welcome to bring their lunches.

*note that there are two distinct registrations for the Resume feedback sessions, and then for the Lunch-time seminar.

Image for Core Concepts in BiomanufacturingCore Concepts in Biomanufacturing and Quality Systems:  Applications of cGMPs

August 28-29, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Foundation Park, 14193 NW 119th Terrace, Alachua, FL

This 2-day course provides future or current employees a comprehensive and applied understanding of how regulatory compliance is built into all aspects of a company. Using a blend of hands-on applications and lectures, course instructors integrate current Good Manufacturing Practices with core concepts of the manufacturing process, facilities, quality systems, and documentation to build a solid understanding of the development, manufacture, testing, and release of a regulated product.

REGISTRATION FEE: $250    Register Here

Photo - Clean RoomCleanrooms and Gowning

August 30, 8:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Foundation Park, 14193 NW 119th Terrace, Alachua, FL

This course combines lectures on cleanroom operations, design, and procedures, with hands-on experience with aseptic technique and gowning practices in an actual cleanroom environment. The Cleanrooms and Gowning course offers an excellent opportunity for current or future industry professionals to gain practical experience within this critical aspect of cGMPs.

REGISTRATION FEE: $200    Register Here

Career Development Panel Discussion on Biotechnology

On Friday, September 13 from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in HPNP G-301, the 2019 Florida Translational Cell Biology Symposium will host a career development panel discussion focused on biotechnology. The panel will feature 3 speakers: Dr. Zahara Jaffer of UF Innovate, Mr. Glenn Ladwig of Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk, and Ms. Tamara Mandell of Biotility. This session will be a perfect opportunity to interface with professionals from different biotechnology-related fields and explore the many career options available to those trained in the biomedical and life sciences.

 To attend this panel discussion, please register for the 2019 Florida Translational Cell Biology Symposium at Registration is completely FREE and includes a FREE LUNCH,FREE T-SHIRT, and access to all scientific sessions throughout the day. For more information on the program, please visit

 We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact John Calise at

Career Panel Description

Biotility Online Courses

Developed and taught by industry experts, these content-rich, self-paced courses were created to provide flexible options for busy schedules. Click on the titles below for full descriptions.

REGISTRATION FEE: $125      Register Here

22nd Annual BioFlorida Conference
Tampa, October 20-22

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina


  • Hear from life science executives and thought leaders
  • Connect with hundreds in the life sciences industry
  • Meet potential investors and discuss your business plans and financial needs
  • Set up Partnering meetings with registered attendees in advance of Conference
  • Manage and schedule your personal Agenda on the Conference Mobile App
  • Support Florida’s life sciences industry


  • Executives and entrepreneurs from emerging life sciences companies
  • Executives and seasoned professionals from established life sciences companies
  • Scientists, researchers, technology transfer employees from university and research institutions
  • Life science investors and venture capitalists
  • Federal and state lawmakers
  • Economic development agencies
  • Industry service providers

Learn more about this opportunity to build your industry professional network.

BIOSTATISTICS 101 for Cancer Researchers
The University of Florida Health Cancer Center
Fall 2019  (August 29-October 16)
Instructor:   Ji-Hyun Lee
Professor and Director
Division of Quantitative Sciences & Biostatistics Shared Resources
Administrative Assistant:
Donna M. Johnson


Biostatistics 101