Testimonial

John McKinney of Neurovance

Clinical Trials Operations Manager, Neurovance
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The IBE along with the EBCD program are invaluable tools for developing talent in the industry and allowing people to truly reach their potential.

In November of 2016, I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural IBE in Cambridge, MA. I really had no idea what to expect when I arrived and was completely blown away by what I experienced. I had been in the industry for only a couple of years before I attended the IBE. Luckily, the instructors touched on several different topics from basic knowledge to very specific points and were also open to answering any and all questions throughout. The depth of each session and the strong preparation by the instructors was obvious. I learned just as much from the instructors as I did from listening to all the answers from the students’ questions. The knowledge I gained from these conversations was invaluable to further my development within the industry and gave me a strong spark of confidence and understanding that I took back with me to my company.

The instructors varied greatly in their experiences and even within the field, from tiny biotech startups to large pharma. Neither point of view was lacking in any way and as stated earlier, the instructors were great with all the students. It was valuable to hear how different sized companies from different fields dealt with similar problems across the industry. Some of the most intriguing points came from instructors who currently work or used to work with the FDA. These specific sessions aided me greatly in understanding how the FDA thinks and works, what their expectations were and the strict guidelines companies must follow in order to stay within their good graces.

Besides the many instructors that gave their unique testimonies to the class, the students within the IBE were fantastic as well. It was a pleasure to meet so many forward-thinking, exceptional individuals from all over the world.

ECBD was a tool all students used prior to attending the class to really understand our strengths and weaknesses throughout the course. Curt was able to walk us through the rigorous analyses and tests that make up the ECBD and had exercises set up for us to engage in with each other to fully flesh out and talk about those weaknesses if we desired. These exercises brought us closer together as a class and were very fun to be a part of.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the IBE and made many great and important connections with some amazing people in the field and outside of it. The IBE along with the EBCD program are invaluable tools for developing talent in the industry and allowing people to truly reach their potential.