Social life in a petri dish

I’ve spent the past three months thinking about life sciences, and it’s place on the web. Business social networks are forming and growing each day, and with it comes the need for valuable, meaningful, and useful, relevant resources.

Are life sciences social? Yes!There are communities, for sure, and forums too (which I despise), that try to offer industry news, or white papers, or groups which quickly grow to sizes hard to keep up with, it’s hard to cull through all the updates to find something you need.

Twitter offers lists, which are great for reading a certain group or subsection of people interested in something, but they are hardly two-way conversations. Twitter I see more of a “find out about new software”, “find a good video link”, or receive an “unmanageable amount of inline and inbox spam”.

Facebook offers groups and pages, not regularly attended by any group of people though of course it is a community — but I don’t think of it as a place to meet professionals, especially if they’ve seen my Facebook page, a mix of my personal and professional life, scattered with pleas for response from companies I was frustrated with, a string of pages set up for places I’ve consulted or worked for.

LinkedIn, though 10th in line for popularity of social networks in the U.S. (Marketing Charts, 12/10) is the closest thing I’ve found to finding serious professionals, those who could mentor or further your career. In only a handful of the top segments in life sciences, there are 3 million LinkedIn members.

Which is why the company I’m consulting for, Executive Mindshare, partnered with LinkedIn when we released a site this past December called BioMindshare. Industry thought leaders and quality curated content, with the promise of premium services like reports, event coverage and recruiting coming online this year.

In the meantime, I can assure you though my research, that life sciences, biotechnology, and similar industries are growing fast. For those looking for a job in this field, I’ve brought along a list of science jobs I found through one of my groups on LinkedIn (also if you’d like to connect with me on LinkedIn, my email address is You can also follow me on Twitter or add me on Facebook.

Science Jobs from LinkedIn:

Academia Jobs:
Analytical Chemists:
Clinical Research:
Cosmetic Science:
Chemical Engineers:
Freelance Jobs:
Health Economics:
Internship Jobs:
IT & Computer Science:
Laboratory Jobs:
Lab Technician Jobs:
Logistics & Supply Chain:
Marketing & Med Comms:
Medical Devices:
Medical Engineering:
Medical Information & Drug Safety:
Medical Writing:
Molecular Biology:
NGO & Charity Jobs:
Organic Chemists:
Part Time Jobs:
Quality Assurance:
Regulatory Affairs:
Sales (Medical/Pharma):
Sales (Science):
Translator Jobs Network:

Happy hunting and happy new year!


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