Veterans in Life Sciences

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.

Application for the 2025 cohort will open in fall 2024.

Life Science Workforce Symposium

The annual Life Science Workforce Symposium is designed for veterans and service members transitioning out of the military and underrepresented populations—including but not limited to college students, professionals and job seekers who want to learn about opportunities in the life science industry.

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Veterans in Life Sciences Fellowship

The Biocom California Institute’s Veterans in Life Sciences Fellowship 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.


2024 Fellows

Colin Barry

Crystal Benton

Andrew Brown

Broderick Crawford

Bob Liu

Tong Ma

2023 Mentors

Amanda Knapp

Manager, Director of Business Development, Precision For Medicine

Eric Kowack

VP, Program Leadership and Strategic Alliances, Xencor

Chris McGrath

Sr. Staff Business Process Analyst, Illumina, Inc.

Erika McKown

Quality Assurance Specialist I, Lineage Cell Therapeutics

Irina Rosca

Sr. Director, Supply Chain, Helix

Vicki Schenk

Clinical Education Specialist, Millennium Health

John Snelson

Operations Manager, Thermo Fisher

Scott Thompson

Manager of Government Accounting/Financial Analysis, Mapp Biopharmaceutical

Evan Wahl

Director, Project Management & Site Strategy, Catalent Pharma Solutions