Testimonial

Paul Gillespie of Roche Innovation Center

External Drug Discovery Director, Roche Innovation Center
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They (the participants) span the spectrum from highly experienced to people just starting out on their career paths, and from academia to tiny start-ups to large companies.

I attended the IBE training in March 2017. I have been fortunate to attend many training opportunities over the years, and this was the best.
I found four key aspects to the training; each was valuable and they are well-integrated.
First was the behavioral assessment and feedback. If you have ever been through Myers-Briggs, this may feel familiar at the beginning. I soon found that it is much more valuable. Myers-Briggs tells you about your communication style and helps you understands others'. Curtis' behavioral program blows this away. It gives you information on many more dimensions, shows the impact of different combinations of behaviors and provides a roadmap for improving your effectiveness.
The core of the class is about learning the multiple aspects involved in starting a biotech company. Most of the presenters were really knowledgeable, knew who the audience was and what they needed to know, and delivered this in a really engaging way.
A third aspect of the course is the pitch. You work with a team on an idea for a start-up. At first, the concept is nebulous and the challenge is daunting. Over four days, with lots of discussion and lots of advice from wise advisors with huge amounts of experience, the idea takes shape, you develop a pitch deck and present it to investors on the last day. Even if you will never found your own business, this is a great experience and you learn a lot about effective communication and how to structure a presentation.
The fourth aspect of the course is the opportunity for networking. Curt has a great network of lecturers and advisors for the course so you start with a wonderful group of people with lots of experience and a willingness to help others develop. And then there are your fellow attendees. They span the spectrum from highly experienced to people just starting out on their career paths, and from academia to tiny start-ups to large companies.
If you get a chance to take the IBE training, grab it! You won't regret it.