Career Possibilities: Business Development and Intellectual Property

In the world of business, careers are no longer linear or predictable. What was once a clearly sign-posted path as you progressed through milestones, a career road map is now circuitous presenting new challenges and opportunities at every bend. Life-long careers in one sector or one company are becoming a rarity as new technologies and shifting social norms disrupt traditional careers. Both employers and employees are seeking more diversity of experience, lifestyle flexibility and alternative paths.

This panel is designed to help you think about your career path and the different options that are open to you. The panel will have an informational interview type feel with panelists sharing their career paths, a look at what their job entails, transferrable skills for those looking to make a change, tips for uncovering opportunities, advice for others, and how to make brave leaps. This panel discussion will be moderated by Nicole Daley, Counsel, Life Sciences Practice at Goodwin.

Panelists include
- Cambria Alpha-Cobb, Patent Lawyer, Momenta
- Thanh Erion, Director, Intellectual Property at ImmunoGen, Inc.
- Angelyn Larkin, Associate, Lando and Anastasi
Michael McDonald, VP, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, bluebird bio
- Bharat Reddy, Head of BD, Catamaran Bio 
- Ann Schlesinger, Director, External Science & Partnering, Novartis

Panelists' Bios are below


Date and Time:  
May 5, 2021
4:00-5:30 PM

4:00-4:05pm: Welcome
4:05-5:10pm: Panel discussion
5:10-5:30pm: Small group speed networking (2 rounds)




Members, Students, Postdocs: $5; Non-Members: $15

Given our mission is to promote women's development in STEM we would like to offer a free spot in our workshops to those in transition between jobs or who cannot afford the ticket price. Please contact [email protected] if you qualify.



See other events in this series
1/20: Career Possibilities Panel: New Commercial Strategy, Product Planning, Marketing
2/10: Career Possibilities Panel: Discovery, Research
3/03: Career Possibilities Panel: Clinical, Regulatory, Development
3/24: Career Possibilities Panel: Portfolio Strategy, Project Management, Scientific Operations
4/14: Career Possibilities Panel: Medical Affairs-Comms, Publications, Medical Science Liaison


Ann Schlesinger, Director of External Science & Partnering at Novartis

After a stint in public health education with the Peace Corps, Ann obtained her Ph.D. in molecular biology. Her academic research career focused on genetics and immunology, with a special interest in the immune response to pathogens and vaccines. She moved away from the bench about a decade ago to work on the translation of academic research into therapies, first at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center and now at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. In her current role, she does search and evaluation for early stage academic opportunities with the ultimate goal of creating partnerships and connecting NIBR to strategically relevant external science.