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Building Essential Skills Series
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BioTrain™ Workshops: Building Essential Skills
Advance your life science career with BioTrain’s Building Essential Skills Series. These short (2.5 hour) workshops are designed to provide foundational skills to incumbent workers in biotechnology. They are prepared with biotechnology guidance and are taught by industry experts. Best of all, BioTrain workshops are offered at no charge to registrants who work in the biotechnology field.

Schedule of Workshops:

You must preregister for these workshops. Once we receive your preregistration information we will send you information on upcoming workshops. 



Workshop Titles and Descriptions

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Claiming Your Strengths starts with the identification of your key strengths—what you love to do, and your weaknesses—what you hate to do. Strategies are then presented by which you can enhance your career by working your strengths to advantage while minimizing the impact of your weaknesses.
Many conversations have significant outcomes: interviews, reviews, and negotiations. Because the stakes are so high, we fear the outcome, tend to put off the conversation, and are not adequately prepared for it. This workshop defines methods for turning potentially confrontational events into constructive dialogues that accomplish the business goals.
When viewed as problem solving, negotiation moves from being a win-lose game to one of mutual benefit. This lecture will help you negotiate ways to achieve more of what you want in preparing for negotiation. There are inspiring new ways of practicing negotiating in everyday interactions and improve your chances of getting more of what you want.
Speaking anxiety holds many people back from applying for jobs or promotions, speaking up in classes or conferences, sharing expertise in meetings, and much more. Learning how to tame adrenaline will allow you to take full advantage of opportunities to advance your career.
Almost everyone agrees that networking is important, but we often struggle to find the time and energy we need to build our networks. This workshop encourages you to think about networking as a critical part of how we get things done. You'll learn the downsides of having a homogeneous network and the most effective ways to invest your time in building a broad, connective, and dynamic strategic network.
You cannot control the world. You cannot control other people. That is why it is so tempting to feel like a victim when something goes wrong. You can, however, choose how to respond to the world and to other people. You are responsible. That is why it is possible to feel like a hero, expressing your values, unconditionally, in the face of any situation. In this lecture, Samir invites you to own your power and be your own hero.
Many people think of confidence as a feeling. But in reality it’s a set of behaviors that you can change and improve over time. By acting confidently, particularly at the start of your career, you can influence how others perceive you and change how you feel about yourself. Hear expert insights and real-life examples on strategies to build your confidence from the outside in.
Successful people deal with the stress and come out on top. Identify your individual symptoms of stress and work stressors. Construct a stress model for you and your environment. Learn tactics to deal with the five most common work stressors. Study a list of specific tactics to help manage stress and develop your own plan to address the stressors in your life.
This topic is designed to build resilience, well-being, and optimism. These strengths-based prevention programs equip individuals with a set of practical skills that can be applied in everyday life to strengthen an individuals ability to overcome adversity, cope with challenges, manage stress, and thrive in their personal and professional life.
Quality 101 offers an introduction to Quality Management Systems (QMS) Attendees will learn quality basics and understand simple approaches to quality concepts, including:
  • Understanding your customers
  • Developing to be a quality leader
  • Benefits of a process & systems approach
  • Continual improvement practices
  • Fact based decision-making
  • How to work with suppliers

The workshop is taught by practitioners who are certified ASQ professionals.

Quality Management Systems (QMS) such as ISO 9001:2015 and FDA GMP require that an organization have documented programs for continuous process improvement, auditing, risk assessment, and mitigation. Quality 102 will cover in more detail, some of the topics introduced in Quality 101. Students need not have attended Quality 101 to take this class. The instructors will emphasize in-class hands-on exercises and incorporate valuable tools that can be taken back to the workplace and attendees may use this course for ASQ re-certification units. Workshop outline:
  • Day 1- Process Approaches to Quality: Data & measurement
  • Day 2- Continuous Improvement: Coaching Kata to create a culture of continuous improvement
  • Day 3- Audits: Strong audit program internal & external audits
  • Day 4- Risk: Introduction to risk management planning, risk analysis & management tools

The workshop is taught by advanced practitioners who are certified ASQ professionals.

This workshop will focus on the role of regulatory agencies in product development. Find out how federal regulation influences the development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of regulated products in the life science and health care industry.

Topics include: drug discovery, the clinical trials process for different products, clinical trials design, trials monitoring, as well as global and ethical questions in clinical trials.

Participants will understand the basics of downstream protein purification. Attendees will purify several proteins and gain first-hand experience with the Bio-Rad NGC Chromatography System. Each lab will be preceded by a brief lecture and discussion on the protein purification technique used. Some knowledge of protein structure and function and purification methods is required.