Summary by Mani Selvaraj, MBA Candidate, Class of ’23
On the 26th of January 2023, Kelley School of Business, and its Center for the Business of Life Sciences (CBLS) organized a reception for students who are interested in pursuing their career in the life sciences industry. CBLS in collaboration with the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). Bloomington area life sciences companies including Baxter International Inc., Boston Scientific, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Cook Medical and Singota Solutions all attended. The event was hosted in the Kelley Graduate building from 5:30 –7:30 pm.
Each company gave presentations about their companies along with employment opportunities available for the students across various functions such as project/program management, R&D, research scientists, marketing, HR and general management.
Patrick Adams, Site Director represented Baxter International Inc. where he spoke about Baxter Global and Bio Pharma solutions in Bloomington, company’s DE&I efforts and career paths available for the students.
Moriah Sowders, Communications Manager, Boston Scientific spoke about the company’s 35 years of existence in Indiana. She emphasized the company’s focus on leadership and roadmap to carbon neutrality by 2030. She was proud about the company’s service by pointing out how 8 patients per minute are being treated by the company’s product manufactured in Indiana. She wrapped up her presentation with the co-op, Internship and full time opportunities available.
The next company to present was Catalent Pharma Solutions. Alyson Norrick, Head of Business started with the company’s overview and then progressed to the company’s core values. She shared how she takes pride in saying how Catalent worked with Janssen, Moderna, and AstraZeneca in the manufacturing of COVID vaccine.
Next, Laura Marks, Clinical Program Manager with Cook Medical, presented the company’s global overview with special emphasis on the Bloomington facility where the company’s headquarters is located. She was highly energetic in saying that “it’s the people and their innovative nature that makes Cook Medical what it is today.” Cook Medical specializes in manufacturing medical devices for minimally invasive procedures. The company offers products and services across more than 60 clinical specialties.
Lastly, Michelle Hendershot for Singota Solutions talked about the company’s history and provided an overview of its operations. She ended the presentation with the employment opportunities available for the students.
*The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation has been dedicated to the retention, development, and attraction of quality jobs in Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana. The BEDC is the leading economic development organization in these communities, focused on increasing opportunities through advancement of economic development strategy, fostering of entrepreneurial activity, and active business retention, expansion, and attraction efforts.
The BEDC is funded through memberships and grants from private industry, the City of Bloomington, the Town of Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana University, and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington.
*At the Center for the Business of Life Sciences, we believe in the power of student talent. Undergraduate students and graduate students, Kelley School of Business students and people from across campus—we invite anyone passionate about a career in the life sciences and a desire for an understanding of how business and science interact to produce health-related outcomes.
CBLS Student Associates
For undergraduate or graduate associates, the benefits are many:
- unique opportunities to interact with leaders in the industry and with students and perspectives from many other disciplines
- coursework designed for deeper understanding of the business of life sciences companies
- networking receptions with industry and academic experts
- involvement with multidisciplinary case studies and consulting projects