For the second year, the National Research Council (NRC), the Government of Canada’s largest research organization, welcomed 25 undergraduate science students from Carleton University (CU) to its active Ottawa research facility during October’s fall break to expose them to how scientists work.

NRC researchers Sue Twine and Kelly Fulton from the Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre teamed up with Bill Willmore and Martha Mullally from Carleton University to offer students a unique experiential learning program that provides opportunities to meet entrepreneurs, business developers and top scientists in the biotechnology field.

Biochemistry Prof. Bill Willmore says students in biotechnology, biochemistry and biology programs applied for the NRC-CU Biotech Internship and spent the week learning about business development, intellectual property management, entrepreneurship, career management, marketing, bio-manufacturing, drug design and cancer therapeutic development.

Students worked in small teams to launch hypothetical cancer biotech startup companies, choosing company names and assigning themselves roles. They were challenged to devise a new cancer therapy, as well as scientific and business strategies to develop that therapy.

To read more about the experience these student’s have received read the original article from the Carleton Newsroom