SMDP Biotech 2018 - Attendee Info

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

Scholars  May 17, 18 at 2pm EST
Mentors  May 17, 18 at 3pm EST

Dial: 712.775.7100
Access code: 1071934# 

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 Boston by mid afternoon on Saturday, June 2nd.
Scholars: Plan to depart from Boston late in the day on Wednesday, June 6th. You'll be attending the BIO International Convention that day.

Mentors: Plan to depart after the SMDP Biotech Training Session ends on Monday, June 4th. Optionally you can attend the BIO International Convention June 4-6. 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 Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142

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

Reception Saturday, June 2nd MIT Museum 1st floor, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 
The reception begins at 6pm. Scholars & Mentors, you’re already on the guest list and do not need to rsvp.

Casual Dinner Sunday, June 3rd at tba
The dinner begins at 5:30pm. Scholars & Mentors, you’re on the guest list.

SMDP Biotech Training Sessions hosted by Amgen, 360 Binney St., Cambridge, MA 02142
Scholars, you will attend the training sessions with your Mentors

2018 BIO International Convention will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415  Summer Street, Boston MA 02210.
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 3rd.

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 hotel Check-in on Saturday, June 2nd

Saturday, June 2nd:
6-9pm Reception at the MIT Museum 1st floor, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139   

Celebrating Mentoring & Diversity in Biotech 
(By invitation only. For the 2018 SMDP Biotech Scholars and Mentors, there is no need to RSVP, your names are already on the guest list.)

Sunday, June 3rd
8am-5:15pm SMDP Biotech Training Session at Amgen, 360 Binney St., Cambridge, MA 02142

5:30-8:30pm Informal Dinner at Whalburgers, 132 Brooline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Monday, June 4th:
7:30-11:45am SMDP Biotech Training Session at Amgen, 360 Binney St., Cambridge, MA 02142

noon-2pm JLABS Lunch + Virtual Tour
(all SMDP Scholars and J&J Mentors)

2pm SMDP Scholars depart for the 2018 BIO International Convention

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

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

5pm-6:30pm BIO Exibitor Receptions

Open Night - Networking events around Boston

Wednesday, June 6th
 Boston Convention Center 
BIO International Convention

Have a question?
Contact Dustie Savage at:



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