Career Center

SoMCC Event


  Genentech - An Insider Look at the Hiring Process
Date:   Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Time:   12:00 -1:00 PM (Panel discussion and Q & A)
1:00-1:30 PM (Informal Networking Lunch)
Location:   Fairchild Auditorum
Sponsor:   School of Medicine Career Center (SoMCC)
Event details:  


Considered the founder of the biotechnology industry, Genentech has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for more than 30 years, using human genetic information to discover, develop, commercialize and manufacture biotherapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs. Genentech's development pipeline continues to grow, now numbering more than 50 projects in three therapeutic focus areas: oncology, immunology, and disorders of tissue growth and repair. The pipeline includes both breakthrough innovations and new indications for existing, well-understood products that may fight more than one disease or more than one form of a disease.

With its strength in all areas of the drug development process — from research and development to manufacturing and commercialization — Genentech continues to transform innovative science into breakthrough therapies for patients.  This session provides visibility into:

  • Emerging research goals and clinical development
  • The process for translating basic science into patient benefit, and
  • Career prospects for biomedical researchers and clinicians
Come join us for an informative discussion, hear first-hand from scientists and HR professionals about the specific roles they perform within a company such as Genentech, Inc., and learn more about what you can do to best position yourself for opportunities.

Genentech Presenters:
Sean P. Bohen, M.D., Ph.D.  Director, Exploratory Clinical Immunology Development, Genentech, Incorporated

Sean P. Bohen, MD, PhD is Director of the Immunology, Tissue Growth and Repair Exploratory Clinical Development group at Genentech, Inc.  Dr. Bohen joined Genentech in July 2003 and the responsibilities of his group include development of new agents for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, severe cardiovascular disease and asthma.  Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Bohen was Associate Director in the BioOncology Exploratory Clinical Development group at Genentech, Inc. where the responsibilities of his group include development of new agents for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumors.

Prior to joining Genentech, Dr. Bohen was a Clinical Instructor in Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine and a research associate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  His scientific research focused on using gene expression patterns to predict response to Rituxan® treatment in follicular lymphoma.

Dr. Bohen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and later earned his doctorate in Biochemistry and his medical degree at the UCSF. He continued at UCSF for his internship and residency, followed by fellowship training in Medical Oncology at Stanford where his clinical practice focused on the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease.  Dr. Bohen continues to practice as an attending physician in the Lymphoma Clinic at the Stanford Cancer Center and holds an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He also sits on the Career Development and Clinical Practice Committees of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Shawn Tang – Senior Staffing Consultant: Shawn has joined Genentech as a Sr. Staffing Consultant for Research Division since Aug, 03.  She has a B.S degree from UC. Berkeley, Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, and had worked in two bay area biotech companies as a Research Associate for four years before switching to scientific recruiting.  Prior to joining Genentech, she has worked for various biotech companies including Amgen as a staffing consultant.  As a Sr. Staffing Consultant, Shawn is mainly responsible for recruiting various positions in all research areas such as: Molecular Biology, Oncology, Immunology, Protein Chemistry, Chemistry, bioinformatics, etc. 

Radhika Shah – Senior Sourcing Consultant: Radhika is a Sr. Sourcing consultant supporting the Development Sciences and Early Clinical Development Groups. She joined Genentech, Inc. in 2006 and she is responsible for assisting a vast network of candidates through Genentech’s hiring process. She works with research pathologists and immunologists, translational scientists, pharmacokinetisists, population modelers, mathematicians, bioanalytical scientists, clinicians, toxicologists, medical directors and drug development directors among other positions in Drug Development Sciences. Radhika has been a recruiting professional for 9 years. She received her Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University.

Lawren Wu, Ph.D., Immunological Scientist: Dr. Wu did his postdoc in Mark Davis's lab at Stanford, where he worked on  the kinetics and thermodynamics of T cell receptor recognition and studied aspects of T cell development / thymic selection.  He is currently a Scientist in the Immunology department with a joint appointment in the Protein Engineering department.  His lab works mainly on IgE biology and asthma pathogenesis, with some selected efforts in T cell subset biology (Th1/Th2/Th17) and B cell biology.  

In addition, Dr. Wu leads a collaboration between Genentech and the Australian National University, to perform large scale genome-wide mutagenesis screens in mouse models of arthritis and allergy.  Lawren interacts with the Developmental Sciences, Clinical, Commercial, and Business Development organizations as a Research representative on various teams and am involved in developing strategic plans in asthma and the Immunology department's small molecule targeting initiative.

Moderated by Michael Alvarez,
Director, School of Medicine Career Center

Free and open to all Stanford ID holders.
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