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Research and Development Careers in Biotech with Fannie Mitchell Expert in Residence Ben Buehrer, PhD `94

Friday, March 10, 2017
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Research and development (R&D) careers in the biotech and pharma industries are a popular choice for students and postdocs interested in conducting research outside of academia. After graduating from Duke with his PhD, Ben Buehrer has had multiple R&D roles in biotech. Now he is Vice President at ZenBio, a company that provides human cell systems, reagents, and contract research services to clients. During this lunch discussion, Ben will talk about his experiences in industry, answer your career-related questions, and provide tips for breaking into the field. *Lunch will be provided.

About the speaker:
Ben is Vice President at ZenBio and has over 10 years of industrial experience leading discovery and research programs. From 2004 to 2007, he was ZenBio's Director of R&D, managing the internal, contract, and collaborative research and development programs. Prior to that, Ben led small molecule drug discovery and pre-clinical development for Karo Bio's prostate cancer program, managing research at both the US and Swedish sites. Most recently, Ben led internal discovery programs at Affinergy, Inc. focused on site-specific delivery and retention of bioactive agents to medical device and tissue surfaces. Ben received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Duke University in 1994.

In addition to the talk, one-on-one advising appointments are available to grad students on March 10 from 10:30AM-12PM.

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3. In the "Advanced Search" enter Job ID: 12966

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This event is sponsored by the Duke Career Center. Questions? Contact Dr. Dave McDonald, Assistant Director for Graduate Career Services, at

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Medical Science Research Building I, Room 001
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  • Professional Development