Veterans in Life Science

Veterans in Life Science

Our initiative provides veterans access to a variety of life science industry professionals and executives. Complete with job skills workshops, an industry-focused career fair and mentorship pairing, this program provides a holistic approach to addressing skills gaps, hiring and job-search challenges, and a unique direct connection between veterans and the life science industry.

Veterans Committee

Our member-driven Veterans Initiative Committee is comprised of veterans currently working in life science. The committee discusses the needs of current veterans transitioning to or working in a career in life science, as well as the best strategies they can implement to succeed.

Veterans Symposium

Our symposium regularly includes an industry overview, company spotlights, career panels, and information on applicable education programs, all specific to veterans.

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Biocom California Institute Charity Golf Tournament Supporting Veterans

Returning Fall 2022: Exclusive opportunity to golf and network with other Biocom California members and support our Veterans in Life Science program.

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A few roles where veterans tend to thrive in the life science industry:

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Biocom California Career Lab is the industry’s go-to resource for life science careers in California. Visit our career lab to explore job openings, job postings, career success stories, thought leadership and industry best practices.

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Military Fellowship

The Biocom California Institute’s Military Fellowship Program provides meaningful career readiness experiences to local veterans interested in obtaining gainful employment in the life science. Veteran participants are matched with mentors in the life science sector, who support the veterans through a six month-long program by providing industry-specific knowledge and exposure to a variety of facets of the industry, making meaningful introductions, and assisting in goal setting and achievement.

2021 Fellows

Langley Barth

UCSD’s Rady School of Management, MBA Candidate

Joanna Chen

Illumina, Project Manager

Tomas Figueroa

University of California, Irvine, Chief Administrative Officer

Harwood Garland

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, Dean of Men

Heath Hazen

U.S. Navy SEAL Team, Director of Operations

Alan Jimenez

Procurement Compliance, Associate Manager

Alex Kowalski

U.S. Navy, Diver

Cesar Nuñez

Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace Sector, Project Manager

James Osborn

San Diego State University, Senior Student

Sean Park

Jacobs Engineering, Program Manager

Scott Rathke

U.S. Navy SEAL Team, Senior Director of Process Strategy & Optimization

Stephen Revelas

Miramar College, Biotechnology Student

Sean Sadlier

University of California San Diego, MBA Candidate

David Samara

Genentech, Manufacturing Technician

John Valle

Oberon Fuels, Director of Operations

Damon Ventiere

Aviation Maintenance and Operations Professional

Brian Welsh

Licensed Attorney

2021 Mentors

Steve Beck

Manager, Human Resources, Neurocrine Biosciences

Quang Pham

CEO, Westwood Therapeutics

Kory Cavanary

Project Manager, NuVasive Inc.

Colin Ratner

Regional Sales Director, BD

Ray Espanol

Lead/Manager for Environmental Health and Safety, Mesa Biotech

Stephen Rice

Senior Business Process Analyst, Illumina

Prox Flores

Senior Equipment Engineer, Illumina

Mina Shams

VP, HRC, HUYA Bioscience International

Scott Harvey

Professional Services Manager, BD

Josh Surgeon

Sr. Compliance Engineer, Illumina

Manasi Jaiman

Vice President, Clinical Development, ViaCyte

Barbara Troupin

SVP Medical Affairs, MyoKardia (acquired by BMS)

Fleming Jones

Managing Director, FlemingMartin LLC

Chip Vincent

Sr. Field Service Engineer, Illumina

Eric Kowack

VP Program Leadership and Strategic Alliances, Xencor

Evan Wahl

Director, PM and Site Strategy, Catalent Pharma Solutions

Taylor Moyer

CEO, ManagedLab Services/Boots in Bio

Travis Young

Vice President, Biologics, California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr) , Scripps Research

Shawn Padilla

Sr. Service Solutions Consultant, Thermo Fisher Scientific