Industry Team Case Study (ITCS)

An opportunity for trainees to simulate working in the healthcare industry, enabling them to develop their professional skills and gain marketable, relevant experience

Event overview

Trainees face barriers competing for industry roles, as those who do not have related experience may be at a disadvantage in applying to industry-related roles. Career development activities play an important role in the path to employment; however, many trainees face barriers to pursuing career development activities.

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How does it work?

Over a four-month period, you and your team will collaborate, with guidance from an industry advisor, to investigate a life science business or policy challenge and to propose a solution. Project topics may include market events, clinical data, regulatory and reimbursement filings, and approvals, or commercialization potential. After defining a compelling thesis and conducting in-depth research, you will present your deliverables in front of industry professionals and invited guests at the annual ITCS showcase.

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Why you should participate?

Benefits for trainees

  • Gain practical skills and knowledge valued by pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device companies while in grad school
  • Gain hands-on experience that can help supplement your job application
  • Network with peers and professionals

Benefits for advisors

  • Gain leadership experience
  • Network with talented trainees and professionals
  • Give back to the academic community by providing insight and tips to graduates interested on exploring their options after graduation

2022 ITCS program logistics

Information Night

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM EST

A forum where students can learn more about the program structure and what skills will be developed throughout ITCS. Interested applicants will have an opportunity to network with our industry advisors, who will be present to introduce their roles and experiences through a series of short presentations.

Register for the 2021-2022 Information Session

Application Form

Due Wednesday, December 15 at 11:59 PM EST

We encourage all UofT graduate trainees and postdoctoral fellows interested in industry careers to apply. Please be mindful of the commitment of the program and note that it is mandatory to attend all meetings/events of the program.

Application form

Launch Event

Monday, January 24, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00 PM EST

An event where the program and project guidelines are agreed upon by teams. Advisory panels, grouped by sector areas, meet with their teams and begin the process of project development.

Showcase Event

Monday, May 16, 2022, 6:00 – 9:00 PM EST

A closing event where trainees present their completed projects to the entire program and invited guests from the industry and university.

Annual reports

Annual reports contain important information covering past Industry Sectors & Advisors as well as descriptions of previous case studies undertaken by ITCS Trainees.

Past photos