||Session 2, 2003 (June 22 -- July 5,
I was in the sales department and was interested in moving into the
marketing department for the Molecular Biology Initiative. I had
applied for an open marketing position at my company in the spring of
2003; however, I was not offered the job because my molecular biology
technical skills were weak. The hiring manager suggested that I take
the "boot camp" course offered by New England Biolabs. So, during the
summer I took two weeks off work and immersed myself in the NE Biolabs
Annual Summer Workshop. It was very intensive, but absolutely worth the
time and money investment. By autumn 2003, I had increased my molecular
biology product sales by six times the amount as 2002 as a result of my
hands-on experience and better understanding of DNA, cloning, PCR, etc.
Suddenly, I was able to discuss theory and techniques with customers
and really understand what their needs were. In November 2003, I was
promoted (two grade levels) to Technical Marketing Manger, primarily
with drug discovery projects in the Molecular Biology Initiative.
Although I was not the typical candidate for this summer workshop, I
found it very beneficial. It impacted my job approach, increased my
commissionable sales, and gave me the leverage to get a promotion that
was otherwise not possible. I would definitely recommend this course to
anyone who is interested in increasing his knowledge of molecular
biology theory and techniques. It worked out very well for me.
||James S. Nowick
||Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA
Thank you so much for helping to provide me with the confidence and
skills to incorporate the tools of molecular biology into my research
program in organic chemistry and chemical biology. Having never had a
formal lecture or lab course in biology in college or graduate school,
I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to get such a wonderful
introduction in the New England Biolabs "boot camp". The excellent
preparation by the staff allowed us to do three experiments in less
than two weeks time, thus maximizing our learning.