No More Excuses. Keep Learning!

Most of us are connected to the internet 24/7. And because of that, there are no more excuses. We can and should learn–and keep learning–and keep acquiring valuable skills, both to be better ourselves at our current job and prepare for the future.

In the beginning of my tech transfer career, I was a sponge; I soaked up as much information about patents and tech transfer as I possibly could. When I wasn’t able to attend events, lectures or conferences, I would consume so much online materials provided by AUTM and NCET2, especially everything I could get access to without additional fees. (Free is the best!)

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Managing Time in 15-minute Chunks

I watched one of Ryan Serhant’s recent vlogs on time management recently. He started the video with a powerful message:

You have 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, which means you have 1,440 minutes to spend in a day.

He then counted and let the video lapse for five long seconds. Yup, it felt like forever! Five seconds can feel very long in some circumstances!

We are all “rich in time,” is what he said. I think it actually depends, but it is a good way to frame your day. Everyday, every morning, you wake up and start your day with new time! Better yet, everyone gets the same amount of time. You choose how you would spend your time, everyday.  Sometimes we choose how our time is spent; sometimes we go about the day spending time blindly. Wouldn’t you say?

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Biomedical Informatics Summer Training Fellowship (5/28 – 7/19) in Colorado

Hey, those of you who are undergraduates or have college kids in the family, check out the Colorado Biomedical Informatics Summer Training Fellowship (May 28 – July 19, 2019). What a wonderful program!

Application deadline: April 15, 2019

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I attended a similar program the summer of my Junior year. It was the most pivotal moment of my scientific life; it solidified the path to my scientific pursuits!

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Getting to the Dinner Date — Pitching to Investors


I was roaming around the University of Chicago Booth School of Business when I stumbled upon an interesting video playing on the bulletin board. First, it was about pitching! Cool! I’m interested. Secondly, it was a female professor talking about pitching. Excellent, I’m ready to see some diversity. I stayed to watch more. Then, as she talked, it got me really, really excited. So much so that I yelled “yes!” repeatedly at the screen. What she said in the video was so true! You are not (just) asking for money; you are building — and going into — a relationship!

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My Transition from Basic Research to a Career in Technology Transfer

I have always been fascinated by science. It was natural for me to keep pursuing science in school and later genetics at the university level. Even though my parents did not understand my rationale, they continued to be supportive of their only child, while I went further and further with more degrees and my scientific pursuits, seemingly forever, on my way to building a career as a researcher. Then, reality hits. Scarce funding resources and the exclusivity of the ivory tower are becoming more and more apparent. I then searched and found the technology transfer industry, and had to explain to my parents, again, but this time — why I am getting off the path I have built for many years to pursue a new direction.

This is my story: