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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Good (& Free) Biotechnology Blogs to Follow
Updated Dec 18, 2013.

With how accessible information is nowadays, it's easy to simply spend 15-30 minutes every day to catch up on the latest happenings in biotech and pharma. This is a good daily routine that can be completed during mundane tasks such as waiting in line or riding the subway. It is also an important component in personal R&D that should be done routinely and can be started right away.

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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): A random list of awesome Duke MBA events so far - Part 1
Was just going through my Outlook calendar from the start of school, and realized that there were a lot of one-off events that I enjoyed immensely. These all began with a club email or flier and I was curious enough to attend but was pleasantly surprised at how much I got out of it. There's many more than what's listed, but here's some examples, in a 2-part series.
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): A random list of awesome Duke MBA events so far - Part 2
This is the 2nd post in a 2-part series about random events at Duke and Fuqua that I thought was amazing. These are events that I did not think I would be able to experience when I first applied to Fuqua, yet turned out to be very memorable. You can read part 1 of the series here.
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): The Program 4 Entrepreneurs Kickoff at Fuqua
This was the first formal event on campus I attended after arriving in Durham back in the summer. I remember walking into an auditorium full of future classmates who were interested in startups - it was a great feeling to be immersed in such an entrepreneurial environment.

Like the posts on the random events I loved so far in the Fuqua MBA (part 1 and part 2), the next few posts of the blog will be about highlights in my fall semester. Hope that it'll help those who are applying for round 2 and 3!

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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): The Health Sector Management Bootcamp at Fuqua
Duke MBA students who are also part of the Health Sector Management (HSM) program arrive on campus a week early for an intensive, 5-day, healthcare bootcamp. It serves as a primer of the US healthcare system and is the launch pad for our entire HSM experience. Half of the HSM folks do not come from the healthcare industry. Even for those of us who do, most only have experienced one or two different areas of a very diverse industry. While I was familiar with pharma and biotech, I had much to learn on the provider, payer, and regulatory aspects of the US healthcare system.
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Global Institute at Fuqua
The Global Institute (GI) was a 4-week long experience back in August, sandwiched between the HSM Bootcamp and Fall term 1. While HSM students have had one-week of classes before GI, this is the first time that the entire first year class gets together in our sections for classes. At this point we were also divided into our 5 to 6-student C-LEAD teams to work on cases and group projects.
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): The NCI/Avon Breast Cancer Startup Challenge at Fuqua, an Introduction
If you had asked me what was my favorite Duke MBA experience thus far, this would be it. Since the Fall 1 term started in September, a strong student and an advisory team was formed and we were one of the 46 teams that was accepted into the NCI/Avon Breast Cancer Startup Challenge. This is part 1 of a 2-part series on the challenge.

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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Robert M. Grant's Contemporary Strategy Analysis
Strategy was my favorite core course for the Fall 2 term at Fuqua. If you have a science background, then you're probably like me and have never been exposed to these frameworks. Taking the course has allowed me to clearly understand why companies do the things they do when I read about them in the news. The partnering and M&A sections were especially useful for understanding the recent trends in pharma and biotech.

Formally taking the course has given me a more comprehensive and disciplined understanding of business strategies that I had only developed intuitively over my short career thus far.
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Blog post on the NCI/Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Startup Challenge Published!
A couple of days ago I submitted my team's introductory blog post to the competition organizers over at the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge. It's since been published, and talks about the members of my team and why we are participating in the challenge.

Read the blog post here.
In addition, you can find my introduction on what the start challenge is in this post.

For the next week we'll be focused on the competition deliverables as recruiting winds down for us MBA students. The final deliverable will consist of a business plan that contains details of our business and R&D strategy and a live pitch that we'll be doing over Skype to the competition judges.

It's been close to six months since my team has started on this project and we've learned so much. We've really got a great team of students and advisors. It's been a wonderful experential opportunity for all of us and we're thankful for the support we've gotten from the Fuqua faculty and alumni, Duke Medicine professors, and local Research Triangle Park biotech professionals. 

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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Blog post on the NCI/Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Startup Challenge Published!
A couple of days ago I submitted my team's introductory blog post to the competition organizers over at the Breast Cancer Startup Challenge. It's since been published, and talks about the members of my team and why we are participating in the challenge.

Read the blog post here.
In addition, you can find my introduction on what the start challenge is in this post.

For the next week we'll be focused on the competition deliverables as recruiting winds down for us MBA students. The final deliverable will consist of a business plan that contains details of our business and R&D strategy and a live pitch that we'll be doing over Skype to the competition judges.

It's been close to six months since my team has started on this project and we've learned so much. We've really got a great team of students and advisors. It's been a wonderful experential opportunity for all of us and we're thankful for the support we've gotten from the Fuqua faculty and alumni, Duke Medicine professors, and local Research Triangle Park biotech professionals. 

Wish us luck!
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Great going Steven. I'm sure the team is going to do awesome. Good luck!
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Belinda Martineau's First Fruit
Belinda Martineau's First Fruit takes us back to the 90's when Calgene developed the first biotech food, the Flavr Savr tomato. It was the first genetically-modified product approved for human consumption - a significant achievement - and one can only imagine the regulatory hurdles they had to overcome. The story was mentioned as an example in the text, Building Biotechnology.

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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Duke MBA Fall 1 Courses
Fall 1&2 are the first formal terms of the Duke MBA after the Global Institute. We remain in our sections and take 7 of the 8 core courses - accounting, statistics, and economics in Fall 1, and strategy, marketing and finance in Fall 2 - we take management communication in both terms. For Health Sector Management (HSM) students, we also take a seminar series on top of the core courses.

In addition, this is when the 2nd years return to campus from their summer internships so everyone is back. Club activities also started in this term, as well as recruiting for the summer for 1st years. Each term runs for 6 weeks so classes are very fast-paced.

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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Interview on my Duke MBA Experience
Accepted.com reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to do an interview on my Duke MBA experience. I'm always happy to share this with prospective students and thought it would be a good opportunity for that. Answering the interview questions allowed me to reflect on my reasons for attending Fuqua. These questions are also a lot easier to answer now, as I have concrete experiences to share! I still can't believe that I've already been at Fuqua for close to 7 months now.

Find the full transcript on Accepted.com here.
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Health Care Experiences at Duke MBA (Program 4 Entrepreneurs)
A reader had asked me what type of health care experiences that the Duke MBA offers outside of classes and seminars. Because of this, I'm starting a blog post series on this topic. If you have a question, just leave me a comment and I'll help answer it for you, my reader.

P4E, short for Program 4 Entrepreneurs, is an experiential course that Duke MBA students can take in their first or second years. There are 3 courses in total, New Ventures 1 (NV1), NV2, and NV3. In short, in NV1 students evaluate the opportunity; in NV2 students develop the business strategy of the venture; in NV3 students develop the operation strategy and launch the company. NV1 typically taken in the fall semester of first year, NV2 is taken in spring semester of first year, and NV3 is taken fall semester of the second year. This is the short version – for more detailed information, visit P4E’s official website. I’ve also written about the P4E kickoff that I had attended in the summer before starting my first year. Read about it here 
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Almost all Duke MBA students choose to do a full-time internship during the summer (10-12 weeks). For students looking for something in the fall or spring, Fuqua’s mentored study program offers an internship for one semester (12 weeks).
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): MBA Admissions Book Give-away
As appreciation to my blog's readers, I'm giving away a copy of MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools (https://www.mbaadmissionforsmarties.com/), a book by Accepted's CEO & founder, Linda Abraham.

All you have to do is leave a comment below and share with me one idea to make the blog better and give me one blog request. The request can be for be anything related to the MBA or the Duke MBA.

The first person to respond to this post will get the copy of the book. I haven't personally read the book, but it should be helpful to anyone who is applying to MBA programs in the future.

Even if someone has already commented, please still let me know about your feedback or any blog requests you have. I'd be happy to accommodate any requests!
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FROM From Bench to Board (Fuqua): Health Care Experiences at Duke MBA (Week in Cities)
Recruiting is a major activity for MBA students and networking with firms is important. During term breaks, the Fuqua Health Care Club (HCC) organizes treks where student groups visit companies together. We call these treks "Week in Cities". They are a structured way for students to learn more about the companies that they are interested in and meet alumni who are working in relevant functions post-MBA. It was also a fantastic opportunity for 1st year bonding! I got to know a lot of my classmates better through going on this trip together.
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