PME Industry Seminar Series - Dr. Cole Johnson

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm
ERC 201B and Zoom
Dr. Cole Johnson, Director, Strategic Growth at Dimension Inx
Title: Leaving the Lab

Abstract: Ph.D. programs are designed to groom the next generation of faculty. For some, this objective aligns with their purpose for pursuing an advanced degree - starting their academic career. Others may find academia isn’t the path they want to follow. And that’s okay! In this talk, we’ll examine lessons that I’ve learned regarding “leaving the lab” that are relevant to all. For those with an interest outside academia, I’ll discuss my own journey in pursuing a career outside academia and highlight lessons learned along the way. For those that find academia agrees with you, we’ll discuss important considerations in helping your research leave the lab based on my experience in technology transfer and early-stage technology commercialization. The hope is that everyone takes away something useful regardless of their professional goals.

Bio: Cole is dedicated to supporting the translation of novel science into meaningful commercial and societal impact. He has held roles in the academic, corporate, and non-profit sectors, namely at the University of Chicago, Baxter, and P33, that all shared a focus on early-stage technology commercialization and open innovation. He enjoys leveraging his network and experiences in corporate innovation, intellectual property management, and new venture strategy to help early deep tech startups increase their likelihood of success. Cole earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. He also recently completed an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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