Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech)

Purpose & Responsibilities
The International Center for Professional Development, in partnership with biotechnology and consumer healthcare industry sponsors, will host a training session for the 2021 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology, (SMDP Biotech).

The year-long mentoring program brings together diverse students (Baccalaureate, Master or Ph.D.) and early career researchers for a professional development training experience June 14-15, 2021 (virtually). SMDP Biotech Scholars will be paired with industry mentors from biotechnology and consumer healthcare companies. In 2022, each Scholar/Mentor team will be provided the opportunity to attend The BIO International Convention. They work together for one year after the training session to carry out a personalized mentoring plan that helps prepare the SMDP Biotech Scholars for careers in industry.

The Outreach & Planning Committee is responsible for:

  • Raising awareness of the Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology (SMDP Biotech)
  • Planning the SMDP Biotech training session
  • Developing a timeline for all Scholar and Mentor activities
  • Identifying and providing suggestions for program content
  • Recruiting SMDP Biotech Scholars and Mentors
  • Suggesting and recommending speakers
  • Providing oversight for Scholar selection
  • Inviting special guests to attend and participate in the SMDP Biotech training session
  • Promoting the “Celebration of Mentoring & Diversity in Biotech” reception by inviting guests to attend
  • Program evaluation and reporting results to sponsor companies and to the public
  • Promoting workforce diversity in the biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries

Who serves on this Committee?

  • A designated chairperson
  • Up to two staff representatives from each program sponsor organization
  • Key regional stakeholders from collaborating organizations where the training session will occur, such as universities, associations, government agencies
  • Former SMDP Biotech Scholars
  • Elisabeth Valerio, President/CEO, ICPD
  • Scott May, Executive Director, Executive Director, ICPD
  • Dustie Savage, Programs Manager, ICPD

want to know more?
email Elisabeth Valerio: or Scott May:
you may also call: 951 599-4956

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