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What kind of hard and soft skills and case experience should I develop to exit into corporate strategy/ BD at biotech/pharma? Alternatively, how would this differ for LS VC exits? Just hit a year in consulting and nervous about lacking the required skills for such exits. For context I have a bio PhD and mostly supported implementation and org transformation projects. Any advice deeply appreciated!

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I have heard that they value the scientific background for the DD aspect of pharma/biotech so it sounds like you have that. I think some sort of transactions/investment banking experience would be a good complementary skillset for that. But wonder if you can forego the transactions type skillset and lean on your scientific background to get a foot into the space. Others will likely have better advice.

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While the OP has the academic background it's important to have DD project experience (commercial/pipeline landscape, epi, rx trends, pricing, market research to feed the model and actual modeling as mentioned etc). Re: soft skills, if you are okay as a consultant socially that's enough to get the job. When on the job however, being able to facilitate / project manage with senior folks across multiple functions even if it may not be your job can be handy.

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Modeling above all else for both scenarios since you already have the PhD

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Financial: valuation, portfolio and deal modeling. Be able to demonstrate skill in calculating NPVs and DCFs; not sure that your current work shows that expertise. Basically the transactional skill set A1 mentioned.

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