Internship – Quah Shun Ying
Currently pursuing PhD at University Putra Malaysia (UPM)
” I worked with AcuBiz for two years, soon after completing my degree in biotechnology. AcuBiz sent me for a special training program, a government-academia-industry training project – the Biotechnology Industry Development Program (BIDP) in Malaysia. This training involved hands on experience in various instruments in biotechnology lab under the guidance of experienced national and international scientists. Also I was exposed to the various stages of biotechnology product development and commercialization. I was also fortunate to work on market intelligence reports and develop skills in various industry analysis techniques. Above all, the trust my mentor had in me was motivating. Overall, my association with AcuBiz soon after my graduation was a blessing. “
Internship – Ong Hui Kian
Currently pursuing Masters Degree in Life Sciences at University Putra Malaysia (UPM)
” After graduating from Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia in 2013, I took a break from studies and worked for two years. When I decided to pursue higher studies and do Masters in life sciences, I applied for an internship with AcuBiz Consulting, while completing necessary paper work for joining University Putra Malaysia. During my internship, I was given the opportunities to interact with many inspiring key players around the world from different industries, which allowed me to improve my probing skills. Both my soft skill and technical knowledge in life science industry were strengthened. It was even more exciting when I was exposed to the world of patents and acquired a basic understanding of patent analysis for developing market potentials of different products and technologies.”
Internship – Lee Mei Yee
Diploma Student in Chemistry and Biology, Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Malaysia
” I worked with AcuBiz for almost 2 years while completing my degree in Chemistry and Biology and I am thankful for the experience. My mentor offered me several training opportunities including the Biotechnology Industry Development Programme (BIDP) sponsored by TalentCorp Malaysia. I was also part of a commercial project for the development of a diagnostic kit based on PCR sponsored by AcuBiz. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with AcuBiz. ”
Internship – Abhinav Sardana
Biological Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
” I just finished my first year at IIT Madras and I had an amazing opportunity to intern in Malaysia due to the Biomatch programme at Acubiz. I was both excited and little afraid at the same time. Having just finished my first year I had very little experience in my department and had little idea what biological engineering was about. But my fears proved unfounded as my inexperience proved to be no disadvantage and I learnt a lot in the one month I was there. The first day started with my briefing and a tour of the lab. In the first three days I spoke to no one and learnt very little. But on the third day one of my mentors called me and told me that I wouldn’t learn much if I didn’t talk to all the scientists in the lab. That was when I realised I had to talk to the scientists to learn anything. As the days passed I gained useful experience in various standard procedures done in biological labs. All the scientists were extremely helpful and willing to share their knowledge. I also began developing a better idea of my project with the help of my mentors.
The internship gave me a taste of taste of life after college and made me realize a few things. One of the biggest takeaways from the internship was that I need to ask questions to gain knowledge. I gained much more from the internship than I expected and the fact that I got it as a freshman is what makes it unbelievable. I loved every moment of it. I also learned much more than I had learnt in any class. I am extremely grateful to Both the Malaysian NGO and Acubiz for having had such an amazing experience and I look forward to doing another one in the next summer.”
Internship – Debayan Chaudhury
Biological Engineering in Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
” I applied for an internship with AcuBiz Consulting during the summer vacations shortly after the end of my first year as an undergraduate. I was rather skeptical about my chances, as internships are rare among first years. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when I was accepted and it has been a wonderful experience. The work I did for AcuBiz was interesting and exposed me to the industrial side of the engineering line, something I was ignorant of initially. Additionally it provided me with insights into the stages through which a developing technology passes through before it is commercialized. I am extremely grateful to my mentor for being patient with me and taking time out of her busy schedule to instruct and guide me. ”
Internship – Divya Kolakada
Undergraduate Student, Sophomore year, Rollins College, Florida, USA
” In 2015 summer holidays, I completed a second internship in life sciences, which was arranged by AcuBiz. As a first year undergraduate student from USA, I did not expect any quality internship when I came to Malaysia for summer holidays in 2014. However, AcuBiz hired me for a collaborative research project related to the development of PCR-based animal diagnostic kit. My mentor was very knowledgeable and patient and I learned many aspects related to the translation of concepts to marketable products in the life sciences field.
I was offered an internship in New York for my second year summer holidays, and I did not pursue with AcuBiz initially. However, towards the holidays, I realized that cost of living in New York is above my budget and could not join the program. I had no hope of getting any internship so late in the day, but when I contacted AcuBiz again, to my surprise, they were able to arrange a very good internship related to drug discovery at a non-profit research organization. The project was perfect for my skills in communication and presentation. I was even involved in the development of investor presentations as the team was looking for clinical trial sponsors. The project gave me valuable insights on drug development side of the industry. Selling research ideas to potential investors is a tough game. I consider myself fortunate to have an exposure to those aspects during my undergraduate years.
Both the summer internship opportunities I received through AcuBiz were meaningful ”
Internship – Victoria Brodie
Undergraduate Writing Student, Senior Year, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
” When I entered college as a creative writing major, I did not expect to find myself doing technical writing. However, while finishing up my Junior year it occurred to me that I had many interests outside of the creative field, including what is new and upcoming in the medical field. AcuBiz has given me the opportunity to not only explore my interests but also gain insight into a career field I wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Apart from technical skills, my time interning has taught me about networking and how important it is to stay up-to-date on what is happening both politically and scientifically around me. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and feel that it will help me transition into the professional world once I have graduated.”