The Problem

Trainees face barriers competing for industry roles, as those who do not have related experience are 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.

LINK: Non-academic employability of life science PhDs: the importance of training beyond the bench

Our Mission

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


Over a 3-month period, you and your team, coached by a panel of industry professionals (Advisors), will analyze and derive insights on a simulated healthcare industry 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.

Annual Reports

Previous Projects

A cross-study comparison of safety and efficacy of two drugs for the treatment of a disease.

Process and probability of Canadian regulatory approval of a new therapeutic product.

Efficacy and safety of an investigational drug for the treatment of a disease.

An analysis of potential market, competitive landscape and estimated costs of implementation.

Solicit key opinion leader feedback and provide a plan to address gaps in knowledge.

Why Should You Participate?

Benefits for Trainees

  • Gain practical skills and knowledge valued by pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device companies while in grad school.
  • Hands on experience that can help supplement any job application.
  • Network with peers and professionals
  • Improve job-seeker profile and ‘value offering’ towards your portfolio of experience.

Benefits for Advisors

  • Gain leadership and people development 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.

How to Apply

Trainee applications will be open for two weeks following the ITCS Information Session, available only to those who registered and attended.

Upcoming Milestones

ITCS Information Session

Date: TBA

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 the our industry advisors, who will be present to introduce their roles and experiences through a series of short presentations.

Trainee Application Opens

Date: TBA

ITCS Launch Event

Date: TBA

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

ITCS Interim Event

Date: TBA

Monthly engagement meetings where students can present project updates, ask questions and receive project feedback from the advisory panel.

ITCS Showcase Event

Date: TBA

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