When I started BDC, I was part of a cohort of only 50 students. We got to know each other very well. Before the BDC program, I’ve never had a professor know me by name. Now, I have built relationships with my professors and they really care about my success.
I have built relationships with my professors and they really care about my success.
I spent most of my fourth-year completing a thesis. My supervisor and the post-docs in the lab taught me so much. Not only can I now work independently in a lab, but I feel supported to test out hypotheses of my own.
While preparing for the 8-month internship during my Master’s, I received career support every step of the way. From creating a career plan, to interview preparation workshops and getting access to industry events. The whole process was focused on what works for me, and on ensuring my success come graduation.
One third-year course is taught by a combination of industry professionals: consultants, lawyers, directors of marketing and even clinical researchers. They enlighten us with current case studies and expose us to industry issues that most people wouldn’t encounter unless they were in the workforce.
They enlighten us with current case studies and expose us to industry issues that most people wouldn’t encounter unless they were in the workforce.
In our fourth-year marketing course, we worked as a team to complete a marketing plan for a local Hamilton company. By developing a greater understanding of the relationships that interplay between the government, business, and clientele, our team has provided consulting suggestions to revamp the company's strategic approach for government collaboration and successful market penetration.
As part of my Master’s, I took the MBA course, Pharma/Biotech Business Issues. This course is actually taught by an Executive in the Pharma industry, and covers everything that happens after Health Canada approves a new drug: how it gets listed, priced, and reimbursed. For me, this has direct application to my career.
In the third-year of the program students are given a drug target and tasked with creating an inhibitor. The project is unique because you are able to take it in your own direction. We weren't just handed a lab manual. As a former Life Science student, I am amazed at how much I have learned through the program's inquiry-based process.
In fourth-year, we worked with an academic lab to investigate possible avenues for commercializing their research. It’s amazing to have to switch your mindset and objectively evaluate research to assess its commercialization potential and really develop an understanding of what is involved.
It was an eye-opening experience to participate in such an entrepreneurial environment.
I was immersed in start-up culture in the Master’s program. We helped a health sciences company expand their market, which entailed understanding the regulatory pieces in different markets. It was an eye-opening experience to participate in such an entrepreneurial environment. I am truly inspired to consider this path.