Bioentreprenuership alumnus Saad jumped from pharma to business

KI Alumnus Al Saad Chowdhury Photo: private

Al Saad Chowdhury, an alumnus of Karolinska Institutet (KI), pursued a Master's Programme in Bioentrepreneurship to combine his life science background with business skills. As a pharmacist with experience in brand management and product/business development in the pharmaceutical and digital healthcare industry, he wanted to enhance his entrepreneurial abilities within the life science field.

Choosing KI's Bioentrepreneurship program was an easy decision for Al Saad, driven by the program's description and the opportunity to connect with an alumnus who shared job possibilities after graduation. During his studies, Al Saad gained practical experience with MedTech and Biotech companies, expanding his skill set and exploring different industries.

Through his Master's thesis at Camanio Care, Al Saad shifted from the pharmaceutical industry to working with mobile telepresence robots in healthcare. The program's focus on entrepreneurship allowed him to work across multiple industries and continue his employment with Camanio Care after graduation. His responsibilities involved business development, revenue channel creation, cost efficiency improvement, and divestment projects.

Al Saad appreciated the flexibility of working from home, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Networking was a significant positive aspect of the program, as he connected with classmates from various countries and established valuable contacts in the Swedish life science industry.

The program's courses, such as Business Development, Product Development, and Finance for Start-ups, equipped Al Saad with the confidence and knowledge required for his tasks. Guest lecturers from different companies provided industry insights, and understanding the healthcare systems in Sweden, the EU, and other countries proved beneficial.

In the future, Al Saad envisions an active role in the business side of the life science industry, aiming to contribute positively to the healthcare system and society. He plans to further explore the healthcare industry in Sweden, design better solutions, and continue networking within the field.

Al Saad's advice to students includes conducting thorough research on internship programs and leveraging practical placements to diversify skill sets or explore new career tracks. He emphasizes the importance of elective courses in shaping future career paths and suggests creating a sound plan to navigate the vast options available after graduating from the Bioentrepreneurship program. Additionally, he encourages students to network, reach out for industry information, and utilize "FIKA," a Swedish tradition of taking breaks with colleagues to foster connections and collaboration.

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