About Symposium

Midwest Taiwanese Biotechnology Association (MTBA) is pleased to announce and invite you to join our Midwest Taiwanese Biotechnology Symposium (MTBS) in Chicago on 9/7 and 9/8, 2019. This symposium proposes to facilitate communication between Taiwanese biotechnology communities in the Midwest United States. This meeting will cover discussions including trending technology, career development, and workplace challenges. Professionals from both academia and industry will join us to share their precious experience. Our event also includes networking opportunities to help participants build their connections.

We invite three keynote speakers: Dr. Ying-Hui Fu, Dr. Tak-Yee Lee, and Dr. Wei-Shou Hu to share their thoughts and experience learned from their career. Following the keynote speeches, we prepare four panels:

  1. How to get your transition grants as post-doc and young PI
  2. How to spot emerging of bioindustry job opportunities
  3. How to prepare interview from hiring manager's point of view
  4. How to launch a successful career in Taiwan
Moreover, participants will have chances to promote their research during the lightning talk and the poster session. The roundtable section will be a perfect opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with our keynote speakers and panelists.

We believe this symposium will be a great opportunity for scientists in the Midwest to foster stronger connections and help them move forward to the goal. Please join us. We are looking forward to seeing you in Chicago.

About MTBA

Midwest Taiwanese Biotechnology Association (MTBA) is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This professional organization initiated in the summer of 2017 by a group of young scientists across cities in the Midwest United States. The goal of MTBA is to provide a platform for professionals to exchange information and promote dialogue in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical science. To achieve our goal, we started to hold our annual symposium in 2018, and small career development orientating events in 2019. In the future, we plan to host regular webinars to talk about trending topics in career development and cutting-edge research.


Day 1: Sep 7, 2019 (Sat)

8:00 - 8:30 Registration / Poster Setup
8:30 - 8:50 Opening Remarks
8:50 - 9:40 Academic Keynote Speech
How to lead to a successful academic career
Dr. Ying-Hui Fu
9:40 - 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 - 10:30 Kick off a Successful Career in Taiwan
Introduction of MOST funding opportunities and special pathways
Dr. Jiun-Haw Lee
10:30 - 11:50 Academic Panel Discussion
Transitional grants and first grant
11:50 - 12:00 Group Photo
12:00 - 13:30 Roundtable Discussion and Lunch
13:30 - 14:20 Industry Keynote Speech
Current trend in biomedical industry and emerging job opportunities
Dr. Tak-Yee Lee
14:20 - 16:00 Industry Panel Discussion I
Different types of job in the biomedical industry
16:00 - 16:20 Coffee Break
16:20 - 17:20 Industry Panel Discussion II
Prepare for the interview from hiring manager's view
17:20 - 18:20 Lightning Talk
18:20 - 19:30 Dinner / Poster Session

Day 2: Sep 8, 2019 (Sun)

8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 9:20 Bridging Keynote Speech
From academic to biomedical industry
Dr. Wei-Shou Hu
9:20 - 9:50 CV Workshop
Dr. Elizabeth Wu
9:50 - 10:10 Coffee Break
10:10 - 10:30 BioGroup
Dr. Chau-Ti Ting
10:30 - 11:50 Bridging Panel Discussion
Begin your next career phase in Taiwan
11:50 - 12:10 Introduction of North American Taiwanese Investment and Promotion Association
Dr. Hsinjin Edwin Yang
12:10 - 12:30 Closing Remarks and Award Ceremony


Keynote Speakers

Academia Panelists

Industry Panelists

Special Guests

Jiun-Haw Lee

Jiun-Haw Lee, Ph.D.

Science and Technology Division
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston


Baldwin Auditorium
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
Northwestern University
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

General and Traveling Information (PDF)