Kentucky Life Science Council to Host Career Bootcamp

Nationally recognized career coaches to educate local students on career opportunities in life sciences

On May 4, hundreds of life sciences PhDs, postdocs and grad students will convene for the Life Science Career Bootcamp at the annual Derby Partnering Summit. Students will have the opportunity to discuss career opportunities with industry leaders from around the world. The event will take place May 4-5 at Hotel Covington in Covington, Ky.

The Derby Partnering Summit is the Midwest’s largest life science event, bringing together advocates, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics and researchers from across the industry. The three-day summit offers mentoring, networking and seminars focused on industry developments in Kentucky and throughout the region. This year’s event will engage scientists and executives in a conversation on patient-driven innovation.

Presented by the Kentucky Life Sciences Council (KLSC), the Derby Summit gives scientists, students and professionals the chance to form new connections across the life sciences, which includes therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, health care information technology, health and wellness technology, nutrition and agriculture.

KLSC founder Kyle Keeney, PhD, says, “The Midwest is an attractive region for biotech innovation. The environment here is well-suited for collaboration and offers cost-effective means to incubate and validate ideas.”

“The Derby Partnering Summit shows students and post docs in the life sciences field to realize that collaboration is the key to innovation,” says Keeney. “This is the chance to get networking and mentoring experience that research institutions can’t provide, but are critical to career success.”

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About Kentucky Life Sciences Council

The Kentucky Life Sciences Council is a 501(c)(6) trade association operating in conjunction with a 501(c)(3) foundation. Together they represent and support the life science community in Kentucky, providing innovation services, commercialization support, public policy and advocacy.  The purpose of KLSC is to create a favorable business environment for Kentucky’s life science community to discover, produce, and deliver products that benefit society.

Derby Summit 2017

Mark your calendar! The Midwest’s largest life science event is approaching quickly.  The Derby Partnering Summit is annual three-day event that attracts CEOs and life science professionals from across the country to network, collaborate and discover opportunities to help the industry grow.  This year, we are proud to host life science trade associations from across the nation to engage in a conversation of regional partnerships.

Here’s what you need to know for this year’s Summit:

Date: May 4-6

Location: Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011

Registration Costs: Student ($35), Three Day Registration – includes premium Derby ticket ($1,500), Two Day Registration – Thursday and Friday ($150)

For more information on the Derby Partnering Summit, click here.

There are a limited number of sponsorships still available for this event. For more information, contact Kyle Keeney at

Exomedicine Institute Awards $300,000 Grant to Morehead State University for Space-based Medical Research

This week the Exomedicine Institute, a nonprofit that fosters medical research and development in the microgravity environment of space, awarded a $300,000 grant to Morehead State University for the creation of the Exomedicine Center for Applied Technology.

The Exomedicine Center for Applied Technology will bring together scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and students to explore the uncharted territory of space medicine. They will design and develop experiments to be carried out on the International Space Station. Research findings will be used to improve medical treatments for patients on Earth.

Dr. Kyle Keeney, executive director of the Exomedicine Institute, is hopeful that exploring this new physics medium will lead to explosive scientific growth, similar to when scientists explored magnetism and electricity.

To learn more about the Exomedicine Institute and space-based medical research, please visit

Understanding Your Drug Costs

Curious about what goes into drug pricing? Follow the pill from your pharmacy through a series of complex transactions that occur throughout the pharmaceutical distribution and insurance chain. This video breaks down the differences between the list price and the net price of a medicine, explains how the various actors (e.g., pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), wholesalers, insurance companies, etc.) in the health care ecosystem operate to deliver medicines to patients and at what cost, and demonstrates why it is that a biopharmaceutical company has very little power to determine what a patient ultimately pays for his or her medicine.