Evidence indicates that participation in a biobusiness consulting experience has an important impact on the career path of participants while not affecting their scientific productivity.
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The development of this program would not have been possible without generous funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (Career Guidance for Trainees grant). The project described was supported, in part, by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, award number UL1TR001436. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. The authors also thank L. Borbouse Watanabe, who was instrumental in getting PICO started while a postdoc at MCW, and the BALSA group (Biotechnology and Life Science Advising, St. Louis, MO) for providing guidance in the early stages. The authors gratefully acknowledge P. Eason for her assistance in designing and distributing the surveys and A. Szabo for her excellent statistical guidance.
The authors declare no competing interests.