Please join us in congratulating Jeremy Huynh on being named BALSA’s outstanding consultant for the final quarter of 2017!
Jeremy grew up in a small North Carolina town and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he spent several years as a technician studying RNA viruses with a brief stint as a traveling farmhand.
Jeremy is currently a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis program at Washington University-St. Louis. His thesis work focuses on the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. Jeremy joined The BALSA Group earlier this year and has already had a tremendous impact on the two projects he has helped complete.
Here's an interview with Jeremy.
What motivated you to join BALSA?
I was interested in applying the skills I have developed in the course of my PhD studies to problems outside of the realm of basic scientific research. I also wanted to become familiar with the biotechnology industry and learn to present myself and my work in a more professional way.
What have you learned by working on BALSA projects?
I have particularly enjoyed the chance to learn about the problems BALSA clients face, how clients approach these problems, and how they evaluate the solutions and options that BALSA presents them. I have also learned quite a bit about interplay between science and business in the pharmaceutical industry. More practically speaking, I have improved my communications skills and learned new ways to approach difficult questions.
What did you hope to accomplish by working with BALSA? Were these goals fulfilled?
I joined BALSA in order to develop professional skills, evaluate consulting as a potential career path, and learn about the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. I am still learning, but the supportive and instructive environment that BALSA provides has enabled me to make a great deal of progress towards these goals in a short amount of time.
What do you envision your career in 3-5 years and how do you think your BALSA experience will help with your goal?
In 3-5 years I hope to have completed the transition from academia to industry. Ideally I will be part of a research team working to develop and launch novel therapeutics targeting the immune system. My BALSA experience has already given me exposure to the scientific and business challenges faced by companies developing novel therapeutics. I am confident that this experience and the practical business skills I am developing at BALSA will distinguish me in future job searches and help me to break into the biotechnology industry.