Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech)


 2024 SMDP Biotech DRAFT Agenda

 2024 SMDP Biotech Scholar Biographies

 2024 SMDP Biotech Mentor Biographies

 SMDP Mentoring Plan

 SMDP Expense Reimbursement Form

SMDP Virtual Mentor Debrief Agenda

SMDP Biotech Pairings

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

Scholars  May 8, 2023 at 10am PT
Mentors  May 8, 2023 at 11am PT

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

Pre-session Primers - SCHOLARS ONLY
May 16 @9am Pacific - The Power of Personal Brand & How to Articulate Your Value

May 17 @9am Pacific - How to Develop a High Impact Resume

In-person training session
Scholars and Mentors will attend an in-person SMDP Biotech training session in San Diego, June 1st through 6th. Details for your participation will be sent to you prior to the event.

Schedule at a Glance 
SMDP Scholars, your hotel Check-in is on Saturday, June 1st 

Saturday, June 1st: Social Tap, San Diego
6:00pm - 8pm Casual Event for 2024 Scholars and Mentors

Sunday, June 2nd: InterContinental San Diego
7:00am-5:30pm SMDP Biotech Training Session

Sunday, June 2nd: The Inspiration
6:30pm - 9:30pm Celebration of Mentoring & Diversity in Biotech Reception
(By invitation only. For the 2024 SMDP Biotech Scholars and Mentors, there is no need to RSVP, your names are already on the guest list.)

Monday, June 3rd: InterContinental San Diego
7:00-12:30 SMDP Biotech Training Session
1-3pm Lunch and Site-visit @ Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine, La Jolla

3:30pm SMDP Scholars depart for the 2024 BIO International Convention
7-9pm BIO International Welcome Reception at San Diego Convention Center

Tuesday, June 4th: San Diego Convention Center
7am-6:30pm BIO International Convention

Wednesday, June 5th: San Diego Convention Center 
7am - 6pm BIO International Convention
7pm-9pm BIO International Closing Reception Gaslamp Block Party

Photo, bio & video
Please send your biography and photo by email by end of day, Friday, May 3rd. to Dustie Savage at

The biography should provide a brief professional introduction written in 3rd person and can include one line about your personal interests/hobbies. It should outline your career background, education, and any information you would like the program participants to know about you. 

The photo should be jpg format, your head and shoulders only, with a plain background behind you.

The video can be recorded using a cell phone and should be 30-seconds or less. In the video, please include your name, title, organization and one fun fact about yourself  (you’ve been cage diving with sharks, salsa dancer, love to cook, etc). The video should be sent via Whatsapp by end of day, Friday, May 3rd.  Download WhatsApp on your phone and add +805-907-6393 Dustielyn Savage. Once you added Dustie, you will be able to send her the video on WhatsApp.

Make your own arrangements for travel. Plan to arrive in San Diego by mid afternoon on Saturday, June 1st.

Scholars: Plan to depart from San Diego on Thursday, June 6th. 

Mentors: Plan to depart after the SMDP Biotech Training Session ends on Monday, June 3rd. Optionally you can attend the BIO International Convention June 3-6. Please notify us if you plan to attend BIO International, or if you have any questions about travel. Contact Dustie by email:

ICPD will cover the following costs for the Scholars:
meals and lodging during the training program
a $500 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.

Personalized mentoring plan
As part of the SMDP training session, Scholars will complete a personalized mentoring plan with the help of their mentors. The mentoring plan is created on the SMDP portal and can be reviewed/edited online.

SMDP mentorship
Mentee/Mentee pairing will be announced during the virtual SMDP Biotech training session on Sunday, June 2nd. Each SMDP Biotech Scholar is paired with an industry mentor and will receive one year of mentoring. The SMDP biotech Mentorship period begins June 2, 2024 and continues until June 2, 2025.

Year-long virtual mentoring
Following the virtual training session, the SMDP Scholar/Mentor pairs will meet virtually for an hour, once a month at times that they agree upon. 

The SMDP Portal: 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 prior to the SMDP Biotech training session.

An orientation for the SMDP Portal will also be provided during the SMDP Biotech training session.

Mentoring Updates: Scholars meet virtually with mentors for at least one hour per month. Following each monthly mentoring meeting, Scholars submit a mentoring update on the SMDP Portal.

Weekly Mentor Moment: As part of their monthly mentoring meetings Scholars and Mentors select and discuss a recent Mentor Moment topic A new Mentor Moment is added to the SMDP each week on Wednesdays.

Addresses Where to go:
Host Hotel - The Sprinhill Suites San Diego Bayfront
900 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92101

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

Casual Event, Saturday, June 1st, Social Tap, 815 J St Suite #101, San Diego, CA 92101 6-8pm
Scholars & Mentors you're on the list

SMDP Biotech Training Session- Day 1, Sunday, June 2nd, InterContinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Ct, San Diego, CA 92101
Scholars and Mentors must attend this in-person training. 7:00am - 6:00pm

Reception Sunday, June 2nd, Inspiration Ship, Pier 1, Hornblower Landing
1800 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Boarding begins at 6:30pm, boat departs promptly at 7pm and will not return until 9:30pm. Scholars & Mentors, you’re already on the guest list and do not need to rsvp.  Busing is provided for Mentors and Scholars from the training session to the Inspiration.

SMDP Biotech Training Session Day 2, Monday, June 3rd, InterContinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Ct, San Diego, CA 92101
Scholars and Mentors will attend this in-person training. 7:00am - 12:30pm.

Site-Visit and Lunch, Monday, June 3rd, 1-3:30pm hosted by: Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine (JLABS), 3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121

2024 BIO International Convention will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 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 Consumer Companies AstraZeneca Amgen Johnson & Johnson MD&D Johnson & Johnson Pfizer Merck Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J
Incyte The MedTech Conference ICPD GSK
Abbott Medtronic Baxter Genentech
Dennis & LInda Fenton Edwards Lifesciences B. Braun Medical, Inc. Boston Scientific