Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 25, 2015

Status of Biotech Jobs Plus Events and Jobs

Announcement about JLABS Opportunity and Latest Figures on Jobs

In honor of the upcoming Grand Opening of JLABS @South San Francisco (JLABS @SSF), Johnson & Johnson Innovation has launched a Quick Fire Challenge to award up to three new game-changing early-stage innovation companies with the use of a bench and access to the JLABS @SSF community for one year. The winners will be announced on Mar 2, 2015 on stage at CALBIO 2015. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 02/03/15 at 5:00 pm


There is some news that growth in new biotechs means more new jobs, but old companies are still cutting. The good news is that there were far fewer job cuts in 2014 vs. 2013 with a total of 17,636 announced jobs cuts in 2014—down 20% from 22,161 in 2013, according to the December Job Cut Report of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. See details in article entitled JobWatch: Pace of Layoffs Slows Down at

John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, provided news that Biopharmas can be expected to continue picking up the pace of hiring in 2015 as the U.S. economy picks up steam, more new products reach the market, and demand for drugs grows due to aging populations in the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan: “2015 should be relatively benign in terms of layoffs and relatively strong in terms of job growth.”

In the past the large companies had stable numbers of staff but  now the levels are unstable year to year. I see new jobs being created by startups which is good news but the continuing risk that those jobs will disappear as soon as those products and companies are acquired worries me. These new companies no longer remain on the playing field as they used to.

Highlights for this Coming Week’s Life Science Meetings in Bay Area

  • BioCentury This Week, No new programs until February when a new digital format is introduced. Meanwhile, check out their archives for some great complimentary programs.
  • Personalized Medicine World Conference, Monday – Wednesday, January 26-28, 2015, Event: “Personalized Medicine World Conference” January 26-28, 2015, Co-hosted with Stanford Health Care and Oracle Health Sciences, See full program at
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Monday Evening, Jan. 26, 2015, Topic: “A career path is a series of transitions, and it’s not always linear!”
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 27, 2015, Topic: “See What You’re Missing! – High Performance Computing Discovers Hidden Biomarkers,” Speaker: Jeffrey N. Peterson, Chairman, Veritomyx
  • QED at Qb3, Tuesday Afternoon, Jan. 27, 2015, Event: How to Solve Immigration Issues Faced by Entrepreneurs, Speakers: Norman Plotkin, Partner, Jackson & Hertogs and Atessa Chehrazi, Partner, Jackson & Hertogs
  • NCDG Roundtable, Wednesday Evening, Jan. 28, 2015, Topic: “Process Definition & Process Risk Management, Speaker: Gary Seeger, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Document Control activities, Stellartech Research Corporation, Moderator: Thi Nguyen, CQE, CSQE, Principal Quality Engineer, TheraNova, will facilitate the session.
  • NorCal BioPharma PM, Wednesday Evening, Jan. 28, 2015, Event: 2015 New Year Mixer
  • WIB, Thursday Evening, Jan. 29, 2015, Event: Peninsula Speed Networking Event
  • AAPS-BADG, Thursday Evening, Jan. 29, 2015, Topic: “Implications of Phase Transitions on Stability of Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Products,” Speaker: Dr. Raj Suryanarayanan, Professor at University of Minnesota and William & Mildred Peters Endowed Chair

You can download Audreys Picks Jan. 25 2015 with complete details on the above and other meetings and conferences through May 2015 by right clicking on the highlighted titles. Also see JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough Jan. 25, 2015 for your information. I list mostly jobs in California posted in the last three weeks but you can also find national listings at the websites mentioned.



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