Become a Mentor

Presented by the International Center for Professional Development (ICPD) |

The International Center for Professional Development in partnership with biotech industry sponsors will host a training session for the Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotech (SMDP Biotech), June 4-9, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

Mentors from the biotechnology industry will be selected to participate in the program.
 Download the 2016 SMDP Biotech Call for Mentors


What is SMDP Biotech? 
The one year career mentoring program pairs diverse graduate students and post-doctoral researchers with industry mentors who work at biotech companies. 

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With their mentors, Scholars attend a 6-day training session to learn about career opportunities in industry and receive career development coaching.  They also attend a major biotech convention.

What are the benefits of mentoring with SMDP?

  • Gain new knowledge from SMDP Biotech Scholars
  • Enhance your coaching and leadership skills
  • Share your knowledge, experience and professional expertise
  • Receive complementary registration for SMDP Biotech and for a major biotech convention (travel and lodging not provided).
  • Expand your professional network and build relationships with your peers and executives in the biotechnology industry
  • Enjoy the personal fulfillment of helping a top-quality graduate student or post-doc transition to a career in the biotechnology industry
  • Receive professional career training relevant to the medical technology industry
  • Learn how to design and carry out a career mentoring plan
  • Receive one year of professional and technical support from ICPD staff
  • Gain access to the SMDP Mentoring Portal

What experience is required to become a mentor?

  • Mentors must be currently employed in a leadership position at a biotechnology company
  • To become a mentor, you should be nominated by a human resource representative from your company or a member of your company's executive staff

How do companies select staff as mentors?
ICPD provides participating companies with a mentor recruitment flyer, which is typically distributed by human resources or communications departments to all qualified staff within the company.

Once mentors have been identified, ICPD provides the mentors with additional orientation information and prepares them for the mentoring experience.  ICPD also provides ongoing support for mentors as part of the program.


Are mentors also minorities?
Mentors can be any ethnicity. 

What committments are mentors making?

  • Attend an orientation call prior to the SMDP Biotech training session
  • Meet in person with your mentee and attend the entire SMDP Biotech training session June 4-9, 2016 in San Francisco
  • Communicate with your mentee by phone, in person or through email.  The frequency is suited to your mentor and mentee relationship and typically requires no more than 1-3 hours monthly.
  • Mentoring continues for one year after the training session
  • Provide communication or updates for the continued improvement of the program

What is a Personalized Mentoring Plan?  
The personalized mentoring plan includes goals and action items designed to prepare Scholars for careers in the biotechnology industry.

Mentor-mentee teams carry out mentoring plans for a year following the training session. They communicate monthly by phone, email and virtually, aided by ICPD staff and the SMDP Mentoring Portal, a web-based tool that supports mentor-mentee collaboration and communication.

Want to become a mentor?
Send us an email with your name, job title, contact information and a 2 paragraph biography to: 
Elisabeth Freeman at



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Lead Sponsors
Amgen Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies

Major Sponsors

Program Sponsors
Onyx Deloitte Dennis & Linda Fenton

Support Sponsors