How did your education prepare you for what you are doing today?
I went through the Entrepreneurial Biotechnology track of the Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) at CWRU from August 2014 – December 2016. The STEP program combines coursework and internships in biotechnology, physics, business, and law, preparing students to enter the complex world of technology commercialization. This experience broadened my worldview well beyond my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.
Today I’m a Senior Associate at BioEnterprise, a nonprofit economic development company focused on growing the bioscience industry in Northeast Ohio. I serve as an analyst on a wide variety of projects, help entrepreneurs grow their startups, and supervise the Business Development Associate internship program. Another fantastic thing about at my grad school experience at Case was the opportunity to take tuition-free fellowship courses. I took a few music theory classes, which were invaluable to my growth as a musician. CWRU attracts students who are multifaceted; it’s great that the university encourages learning outside one’s field of focus.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment or recent professional accomplishment to date?
While I’m still very early in my career, the thing I’m most proud to be a part of at BioEnterprise is the Medical Capital Innovation Competition. The inaugural event took place last spring, bringing together 27 digital health startups to pitch for $100,000 in prizes. My team of rock star super-interns reviewed nearly 200 applications to invite the best startups from across country to compete here in Cleveland, the Medical Capital. The event was such a success, we’re doing it all over again this year! Mark your calendars for April 23-24, or check out http://www.themedicalcapital.com!
Another accomplishment, though not exactly career-related, is that my garage-soul band Samfox was recently named Best Indie Band of 2017 by Cleveland Magazine. Samfox has had the good fortune of playing most of the major venues and festivals around town, and we’ll be spreading the love on a Midwest tour this summer.
What programs do you support at CWRU, and why?
The Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Program, of course! Also the Jazz Band under the direction of Paul Ferguson from the Department of Music, who welcomed me during my time at Case. Finally, the CWRU Pep Band, which exists!
Do you have advice for current students?
Take care of your physical and mental health – yoga is a great way to do both! Ask for help when you need it. And remember that your life is not defined by your major.
What is your favorite memory and/or spot on campus?
Favorite spot: either 121 Fitness or the Dunkin Donuts in Uptown. Yin and yang, I guess.
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More about STEP:
STEP remains the nation’s only Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Alumni work in diverse industries including energy, healthcare, manufacturing, IT entertainment, and aerospace. Job titles include CEO, Program Manager, Project Manager, Technology Management Specialist, Head of Sales, Director of Product Development, Engineer, translational research, and teaching in higher education. And several STEP alumni have successfully started their own company. STEP can also serve as a gateway to other CWRU programs such as business, law, medicine, and PhD in science or engineering.
To learn more, visit our website (http://step.case.edu/) and/or read what our alumni are saying about STEP.
Applications are still being accepted to each program track: Entrepreneurial Biotechnology, Physics Entrepreneurship or Chemistry Entrepreneurship.