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Life Science Tennessee Beer and Biotech


Join LifeSciTN’s Memphis Academic Alliance Chapter for monthly networking “Beer and Biotech” events! Want to explore career development, expand your network, or dip into the startup scene?
Hear from local life science industry professionals on the 2nd Thursday of every month @ Trolley Stop Market*
Network reception at 5 p.m.
Scheduled speaker begins at 5:30 p.m.
*Trolley Stop Market, located at 704 Madison, is our new meeting location; T.J. Mulligans is closed for renovation, scheduled to reopen soon.
Dr. Kerem Kalpakci PhD., a Senior R&D Engineer working at Medtronic in Biologics will be our speaker Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Dr. Kalpakci has been at Medtronic for 3 years. Before that he was a bioengineering grad student at Rice in Houston. He is part of the Biologics organization within Medtronic Spinal; which means he designs products that promote new bone growth for spinal, orthopedic and dental procedures, often in conjunction with a device. He’s going to share and recall his own journey in grad school, where he struggled to get information about industry jobs, even though he knew that was where he ultimately wanted to end up. He has agreed to speak to our group about what he did (and didn’t do) as a grad student to get industry jobs. If you’d like to ask questions, consider asking about his work at Medtronic and the pros/cons of working at a big device company.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2015/14 dates and confirmed speakers:
Date/Time Speaker/Event Location
Thurs., September 11 Kalpakci, Kerem, PhD; Sr. R&D Engineer, Biologics, Medtronic Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., October 9 Phil Cestaro, President & CEO, TriMetis Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., November 13 Rob Clark, St. Jude, Public Policy & Government Affairs Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., December 11 Holiday Social, Introduce 2015 Officers, TBD T.B.D.
Thurs., January 8 Jan Bouten, Innova Memphis Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., February 12 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., March 12 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., April 9 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., May 14 Possible Zero to 510 Launch, (5/21/15?) T.B.D.
Thurs., June 11 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., July T.B.D. Midpoint Zero to 510 Event T.B.D.
Supported by Memphis Bioworks, St. Jude, the UTHSC and the University of Memphis, the Memphis LifeSciTN Academic Alliance is made up of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in creating opportunities for entrepreneurship, career development and knowledge sharing with the goal of creating a more robust life science industry network.
To join, contact Chad Riggs at the event (chad.riggs@stjude.org/(901)-595-3866). We are looking for leadership from each institution, with a goal of electing our 2015 officers in October.
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