Biotechnology, pharma, and the like are among the last adopters of the concept of project management as a discipline, according to UC-Irvine, which is launching a Certificate in “Project Management for Life Sciences.”
It’s going to be a challenge. Says author Kathleen Ryan O’Connor,
When you are working on an invasive medical device like a heart valve, you’ve got chemists involved, you have fluid dynamicists, mechanical engineers, you’ll have people in material science who spend their life worrying about and thinking about how does the human body react to the implantation of these devices, and it varies widely. So you have scientists, you have doctors, you even often have DVMs, doctors of veterinary medicine creating animal models. For many normal projects, I’m a pretty good electrical engineer and I can program, so I can run a program that has electrical software and mechanical and that’s OK–I can understand enough of it to know what is going on. But when you are running a project with eight or 10 or more specific scientific applications, unless you have time to go to school for the rest of your life and get 12 PhDs, there is no way you are going to understand it all.
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