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Mr. Biotech Scientist

About Me:

I am a Product Development Scientist in a medical device start-up that recently filed for an IPO. I was the key contributor to bringing three regulatory approved/filed products into the market from zero company products. I’m also a partner/VP of education in a biotech mutual fund that specializes in investments in small/mid-cap biotech companies.


Undergrad School: University of California, Berkeley

Undergrad Major: Chemical Engineering

GPA: 3.5

GMAT: Not Yet Taken

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: CFA Level 1 Candidate (Exam registered for February), Small Biotech Mutual Fund - Partner/VP of Education

Work History:

Title: Scientist

Industry: Healthcare

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 8 mos

Title: Sergeant (Military Police)

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Army

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 9 mos

Big Life Wins:

Spearheading the growth of the current start-up by bringing three products into the market from zero. While the youngest member in the group with no PhD background, I was leading and managing development projects that ultimately brought the products to market. I was promoted to a Scientist from a Research Associate.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to utilize my background in biotech investments and product development to join VCs that specialize in biotech. Coming from a start-up, I recognize the challenges that small companies face in a heavily regulated market. I would like to be part of an ecosystem that boosts these companies’ growth potential and overcome their challenges.


Target School: Berkeley Haas

Status: Open

Considering: Stanford GSB, Harvard


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi, Mr. Biotech Scientist. Julie-Anne Heafey here with mbaMission. Wow, I am impressed with your fantastic impact on the job. You have really seemed to make a mark on your firm and my guess is that it might not be easy to transfer over from scientist to research associate (?) and take on a CFA exam, so I like your ambition and definitely buy your intent to get an MBA. Your goals make sense, and while it’s tough and risky to break into VC, I can see how/why it could work. My advice there is to network and get advice as much as possible on inroads to this so that your goals sound plausible (because the adcoms can be skeptical …

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