Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech)


 2022 SMDP Biotech Alumni Session Agenda

  SMDP Expense Reimbursement Form

Orientation calls
Alumni will attend a 45-minute orientation web meeting to be held on the following date:

Alumni   May 26, 2022 at Noon PT

A meeting link will be sent to you prior to the meeting

Schedule at a Glance 
SMDP Scholars, your hotel Check-in is on Sunday, June 12th 

Sunday, June 12th: Venue 808
6:30pm - 9:30pm Celebration of Mentoring & Diversity in Biotech Reception
(By invitation only. For the 2020 & 2021 SMDP Biotech Scholars and Mentors, there is no need to RSVP, your names are already on the guest list.)

Monday, June 13th: Eli Lilly - Lilly Biotechnology Center, La Jolla
8:45am-12:30pm SMDP Biotech Wrap-up Training Session and Site Visit
12:45pm SMDP Alumni Scholars depart for the 2022 BIO International Convention
5-6:30pm BIO International Welcome Reception at San Diego Convention Center

Tuesday, June 14th: San Diego Convention Center
7am-6pm BIO International Convention

Wednesday, June 15th: San Diego Convention Center 
7am - 6pm BIO International Convention
7pm-9pm BIO International Closing Reception at TBD

Culmination event (in person)
The year-long SMDP mentoring program culminates with an in-person event. 

All Scholars are required to attend and Mentors are encouraged to attend the event which will include:

  • a Celebration of Mentoring & Diversity Reception
  • a half-day training program for the Scholars and Mentors
  • full convention access to the BIO International Convention
  • most meals as part of the SMDP training/BIO Convention

ICPD will cover the following costs for the Scholars:

  • lodging during the training program
  • a $350 travel allowance

Mentors will be responsible for air travel, hotel accommodations, ground transportation.

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.

The BIO Intl Convention: Scholars and Mentors will be registered to attend BIO, June 13-15, 2022 in San Diego. BIO is optional for the mentors. You do NOT need to contact BIO for this. Your registration information will be provided closer to the date of the Convention.

Make your own arrangements for travel. Plan to arrive in San Diego by mid afternoon on Sunday, June 12th.

Scholars: Plan to depart from San Diego late in the day on Wednesday, June 15th. You'll be attending the BIO International Convention that day.

Mentors: Plan to depart after the SMDP Biotech Training Session ends on Monday, June 13th. Optionally you can attend the BIO International Convention June 13-15. Please notify us if you plan to attend BIO International, or if you have any questions about travel. Contact Dustie by email: 

Addresses Where To Go:
Host Hotel - Springhill Suites/Residence Inn Bayfront 
900 Bayfront Ct, San Diego, CA 92101

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

Reception Sunday, June 12th, Venue 808, 808 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
The reception begins at 6pm. Scholars, you’re already on the guest list and do not need to rsvp.  Mentors, please RSVP to Dustie Savage

SMDP Biotech Wrap-up Training Sessions hosted by: Eli Lilly - Lilly Biotechnology Center, 10290 Campus Point Dr, San Diego, CA 92121
Scholars, you will attend the wrap-up training sessions

2022 BIO International Convention will be held at the San Deigo Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Scholars, you do NOT need to contact BIO for this. Mentors, simply send an email to indicating that you would like to attend BIO. Your registraiton information will be provided during the SMDP Biotech Wrap-up Training Session.

A vegetarian option will be available at all SMDP hosted events.  If you have more specific dietary restrictions, please plan on bringing your own food.  If you have concerns, please send an email to 

Have a question
Contact Dustie Savage:

Thanks to our sponsors

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