MATTER/ CHIentist Workshop on 3/7 Recruiting Now!

In partnership with MATTER, we will be hosting a workshop for the annual Midwest University Healthcare Technology Showcase (MUHTS). MUHTS is a technology showcase of academic innovations for pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

The workshop will be held on March 7 from 3- 7 pm. It will feature an introduction to MATTER and MUHTS by Dr. Maryam Saleh (VP of Programs at MATTER); a crash course on how to build an effective technology summaries for executives, a collaborative work session of MBAs and PhDs to work on summaries received from universities across the US, and followed by a networking event.

Join us at the workshop to be a part of the exciting process in academic ventures!

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Protocome idea

A while ago,  I came up with the idea of protocome.  An startup that allows people,  specifically scientists,  to share their protocol online.  Now you probably may ask why do we need that?  

If you go to any publications now,  chances are you will see a experiments section or the experimental procedure session. At this time,  there is no standardized method to present this section.  And worse is that some authors may give out as little as information as possible, so that it can be their little secret sauce (though you can probably just ask them directly for the protocol in details,  but that’s so inefficient). 

Getting back to this point,  protocol storage and sharing is a must do in the scientific community.  Yet this step is not standardized and is running very inefficiently right now. 

How can we solve this?  I think the best way is to mine all the open Access protocols out there.  For example,  plos one lets you mine through their data.  Then sort it out by figuring out the most common phrases for each identical type of experiments. Then that will be the gold standard

I envision us just citing the experiments in the future like, protocome, standard 1234, adjustment : sodium chloride (1ug).

Is this too fast fetched? I hope not! 

Importance of Networking, especially for Scientists

Networking is such an important aspect of our life. I haven’t realized that until recently, when I first started to look for job opportunities. Earlier today, I met up with an entrepreneur from China for lunch. He told me fascinating stories about how he started his company as a middleman between high temperature materials suppliers and the oil and gas clients.

I met this entrepreneur at a recruiting event for a VC firm in China. It turns out that we both want to pursue a career dedicated to invest in startups and early stage companies. Long story short, the conversation had expanded my knowledge about the Chinese economy and their thirst to invest in US companies.

Getting back to Networking, tonight is the CHIentist’s Networking 101 event. I think a lot of attendees will find it useful by learning how important it is to talk to other people. More importantly, it really doesn’t matter whether your new friend is in your field or related to your work. I am very glad to be a part of the organization to promote networking among the nerdy scientists, because we really need to break out of our lonely circle of lab mates and meet new friends!