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Career Development Workshop


  • Dr. Olsen is a 30+ yr veteran of drug discovery in a large pharma company and he is always active in recruiting/interviewing/hiring new scientific talent for the organization. If you are interested in enhancing your chances of landing a scientific job in industry – drop in and see how you can differentiate yourself from the crowd of job applicants with some simple suggestions to your CV (resume) and interview performance. The interactive session will be ~1h and open to Q/A so bring your Qs for Dr. O. 

  • Note:  The session is recommended for bachelors and graduate level students seeking industry employment.


David Olsen Bio


  • Undergraduate: Messiah College 

  • Graduate school: Ph.D. U of Maryland, BioOrganic; enzymology

  • Postdoctoral: Max Planck Institute for Exp. Medicine Göttingen Germany: catalytic RNA

  • 30+ yrs infectious diseases R&D experience at Merck & Co.

  • >110 peer reviewed publications

  • >50 patents

  • Areas of expertise

    • ID drug hunting

    • proteases, nucleosides, HCV, HIV, Coronaviruses

  • Drug products:  Zepatier (2 drugs), Vanihep, Efavirenz                                   

  • Neglected diseases: TB, malaria, Ebola, monkey pox  

  • External research methodologies/funding (Gates - TB, Wellcome Trust - malaria, military-many targets, WuXi)

    • >$10M million in funding obtained  R&D

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