The 2020 pandemic brought on two waves, one of misinformation & apathy, and another of mass mobilization & debureaucratization that paved the way for hundreds of millions of people to be vaccinated using novel vaccine technologies.
All in all, this taught us two key lessons:
BioDojo is a community that aims to continuously expose its members to new perspectives and disciplines, as well as directly provide biotechnology industry opportunities. These are two aspects that we feel are currently lacking from existing university STEM clubs.
Regardless of a member’s ambition (ie. biomedical research, bioengineering, computational research), we believe that it is critical for them to be at least exposed to 3 items:
Research: Hypothesis generation, scientific literacy, experimental design, clinical trials, bioinformatics
Engineering: Computational modeling, optimization, scalability, standardized parts
Selling: authenticity, brevity, selecting pathos vs ethos vs logos, understanding how to pitch to venture capitalists, commercialization of products, securing patents
1. Three critical frameworks needed when innovating in research and engineering
Existing barriers to progress
Understanding the fundamentals of different disciplines of study that are set to impact stakeholders in life sciences research (ex. patients, researchers, clinicians)
2. Current and future landscape of biotechnology and biomedical research
An environment where a student in a machine learning lab can interact and learn from a student in a developmental immunology lab, and vice versa
3. A like-minded and diverse pool of young people who are proactive in their respective research discipline and/or are actively engaged in a research project
We founded BioDojo on the belief that this next generation of scientists and bioengineers should be empowered to get a head start if they are proactively seeking one. In this case, a head start comes in the form of lessons that scientists have expressed to us would make students more versatile, critical, and valuable in the lab and beyond.
We are placing student researchers, student VCs, and student founders in the same. Long term, the goal is to build BioDojo into a PayPal mafia-like alumni network: an environment ripe for creating future biotech startups.