SMDP Biotech 2019 - Attendee Info

Orientation calls
Scholars and Mentors attend 45-minute orientation calls to be held on the following dates:

Scholars  May 16, 2019 at 2pm EST
Mentors  May 16, 2019 at 3pm EST

Dial: 712.775.7100
Access code: 1071934# 

Orientation Call Presentation

What you should do now
If you have not already done so, send these items to:

  1. A good quality digital color photograph of you
    (jpg format, your head and shoulders only, with a plain background behind you).

  2. A two-paragraph professional biography written in 3rd person. This is  simply an introduction which outlines your career background, education, and any information you would like your mentor/mentee to know about you. Feel free to include one line about your personal interests/hobbies.

Make your own arrangements for travel. Plan to arrive in Philadelphia by mid afternoon on Saturday, June 1st.
Scholars: Plan to depart from Philadelphia late in the day on Wednesday, June 5th. You'll be attending the BIO International Convention that day.

Mentors: Plan to depart after the SMDP Biotech Training Session ends on Monday, June 3rd. Optionally you can attend the BIO International Convention June 3-7. Please notify us if you plan to attend BIO, or if you have any questions about travel. Contact Dustie by email: 

Addresses Where to go:
Host Hotel Philadelphia 201 Hotel, 201 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Scholars a shared room has been reserved for you 
Mentors you will arrange your own accommodation

Reception Saturday, June 1st Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 
The reception begins at 6pm. Scholars & Mentors, you’re already on the guest list and do not need to rsvp.

Informal Dinner Sunday, June 2nd at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 
The dinner begins at 5:30pm. Scholars & Mentors, you’re on the guest list.

SMDP Biotech Training Sessions hosted by: Sunday June 2nd, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Inc, 199 Grandview Rd, R316, Skillman, NJ 08558; Monday June 3rd, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Research and Development, 
Scholars, you will attend the training sessions with your Mentors

2019 BIO International Convention will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107.
Scholars & Mentors, you do NOT need to contact BIO for this. Simply send an email to indicating that you would like to attend BIO. Your registraiton information will be provided during the SMDP Biotech Training Session.

Meals will be provided during the SMDP Biotech Training Session. Please let us know if you have any specific food allergies or dietary restrictions by sending an email to 


How to dress and what to bring? Business attire with comfortable shoes. Scholars, bring 100 business cards and 10 copies of your Resume. Mentors, we encourage you to bring plenty of business cards as well.

Mentee/Mentee pairing 
will be announced during a morning session on Sunday, June 2nd.

SMDP Portal is used to manage your mentoring plan and access ongoing career training materials. A profile is created for all SMDP participants, so you  can log on to connect with other Scholars, Mentors and company  representatives. You'll receive your username and password for the SMDP Mentoring Portal by email before you arrive in Boston. An orientation for the SMDP Portal will also be provided during the SMDP Biotech training session.

Schedule at a Glance 

SMDP Scholars & Mentors, your hotel Check-in is on Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, June 1st:
6-9pm Reception at the Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Celebrating Mentoring & Diversity in Biotech 
(By invitation only. For the 2019 SMDP Biotech Scholars and Mentors, there is no need to RSVP, your names are already on the guest list.)

Sunday, June 2nd
8am-5:15pm SMDP Biotech Training Session at Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Inc., 199 Grandview Rd, R316, Skillman, NJ 08558

6:30-9:30pm Informal Dinner at Ladder 15, 1528 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Monday, June 3rd:
7:30-11:45am SMDP Biotech Training Session at Janssen Pharmaceuticals Research & Development, 1400 McKean Rd, Spring House, PA 19477

noon-2pm Site tour at tba
(all SMDP Scholars and tba Mentors)

2pm SMDP Scholars depart for the 2019 BIO International Convention

6-8pm BIO Welcome Reception at World Trade Center Boulevard

Tuesday, June 4thPennsylvania Convention Center
7:30am-5pm BIO International Convention

5pm-6:30pm BIO Exibitor Receptions

Open Night - Networking events around Boston

Wednesday, June 5th
 Pennsylvania Convention Center 
BIO International Convention

Have a question?
Contact Dustie Savage at:

Contact Elisabeth Freeman at:



Thanks to our sponsors

Johnson & Johnson Amgen Johnson & Johnson MD&D Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J
The MedTech Conference ICPD Pfizer
Merck Baxter Medtronic Abbott Genentech
B. Braun Medical, Inc. Edwards Lifesciences Dennis & LInda Fenton Boston Scientific