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industry link


Connecting academia with industry through first-hand experiences

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industry link


Connecting academia with industry through first-hand experiences

 

 

INDUSTRY LINK is a novel academia-to-industry bridge initiative dedicated towards preparing the talent of today to drive the industry of tomorrow. 

 

 
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The Mission


Committed to creating opportunity.

The Mission


Committed to creating opportunity.

EXPOSE graduate students to Ontario’s innovative health science industry through experiential opportunities and creative engagement strategies.  

EXPOSE graduate students to Ontario’s innovative health science industry through experiential opportunities and creative engagement strategies.

 

EQUIP graduate students with pragmatic skills, and provide companies with cost-effective access to academic talent.

EQUIP graduate students with pragmatic skills, and provide companies with cost-effective access to academic talent.

ESTABLISH stronger partnerships between the academic and industrial worlds that will cultivate greater success for tomorrow’s health science sector in Ontario.

ESTABLISH stronger partnerships between the academic and industrial worlds that will cultivate greater success for tomorrow’s health science sector in Ontario.

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The Programs


Innovative Solutions for the Age-Old Issues. 

 

The Programs


Innovative Solutions for the Age-Old Issues. 

 

Four out of five graduate students do not find current career services to be sufficiently helpful for gaining industry exposure and experience. With less than a quarter of PhD graduates predicted to secure full-time, academic positions, creating the proper education infrastructure to transition students from academia into industry will be vital towards retaining and utilizing talent that took years of schooling to nurture.

INDUSTRY LINK COMPANY TOURS

Industry Link Company Tours will bring graduate students inside local health science organizations to visit the workplace, form connections with employees, and engage in company culture first-hand. In return, companies may leverage the opportunity to engage top-tier students in company-directed focus groups and discussions to gain valuable insights and market research.

 

INDUSTRY LINK PART-TIME INTERNSHIP

The novel aspect of the Industry Link Part-Time Internship is that it may be run in conjunction with the student’s academic research. Therefore, there will be no compromise on academic productivity in order to gain valuable industry experience. As a result, we believe this will:

 

1. Overcome the resistance that graduate supervisors previously had for full-time internships, increasing the pool of eligible talent for companies to select from.

2. Serve as low-cost opportunities to screen for potential future candidates of employment. 

 
 

Industry Link Consulting

Within the ivory towers of academia, there is arguably no greater manifestation of scientific expertise than among the minds of graduate students who dedicate years of their life to pioneering specific areas of health research. To make this more accessible to local health science companies, we created the Industry Link Consulting service, a graduate-student-led, scientific consulting service. We believe this will: 

 

1. Offer cost-effective research and development consulting for local health science start-ups, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies.

2. Provide students with the platform to apply their training to solve real-world industry problems.

3. Connect the appropriate scientific expertise to the specific problem by utilizing Industry Link’s proprietary skill-matching matrix. 

 
 

Are you a current McMaster graduate student or post-doctoral fellow? Please subscribe to our mailing list to receiving exciting and exclusive updates on upcoming programming.  

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THE Partners


Success in tomorrow's health science industry begins with investment in today's students.

THE Partners


Success in tomorrow's health science industry begins with investment in today's students.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

From pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to consulting and clinical trials, Industry Link is developing partnerships with health science companies of all specialties. Through engagement with today's industry leaders, we hope to inspire our students to advance and drive tomorrow's health science sector. We are very appreciative of our current partners and their willingness to invest in the future of Ontario's health sciences.

 
 

Benefits for the Company

  • Valuable insights and low-cost market research gained through engagement of graduate students in company-directed focus groups or other discussion platforms on various topics of interest.
  • Opportunities to mentor and invest in the next generation of industry leaders to make connections for future recruitment.
  • Promotion through Industry Link’s many media-based strategies across McMaster University, one of Canada's top research-intensive universities, which will lead to increased awareness and company presence on campus.

 

ACADEMIC PARTNERS

 
DR. JUDITH WEST-MAYS Assistant Dean, Medical Sciences

DR. JUDITH WEST-MAYS

Assistant Dean, Medical Sciences

 

FUNDING PARTNERS

Interested in making a difference in tomorrow's health science industry? Contact us for more information.

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Our Team


Our Team


industry link EXECUTIVE team

MICHAEL WONG Program Director | Founder

MICHAEL WONG

Program Director | Founder

YASMEEN MEZIL Director of Creative Engagement

YASMEEN MEZIL

Director of Creative Engagement

AMANDA LEE Industry Relations Liaison

AMANDA LEE

Industry Relations Liaison

JOVITA LAI Brand/UX Design Lead

JOVITA LAI

Brand/UX Design Lead

ATHAN DIAL Outreach Manager

ATHAN DIAL

Outreach Manager

CHITMAN JOSAN Special Events Manager

CHITMAN JOSAN

Special Events Manager

WILLIAM GWYNNE Programs Manager

WILLIAM GWYNNE

Programs Manager

 
 
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Contact Us


Interested in making a difference in tomorrow's health science industry?

Contact Us


Interested in making a difference in tomorrow's health science industry?

Industry Link

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON, Canada, L8S 4L8

 
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