"Some of our members are interested in technological developments and designs that advance systems biology, while others are interested only in the research application of systems biology itself," says OISB Director Daniel Figeys.
"It's not about being a good salesman; it's about being an intelligent, mature scientist," says Marc Hellerstein, a professor in the department of nutritional science and toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Corporate sponsorship can provide not only funding but also access to information that's difficult to pull together, insight into techniques the corporation is experienced with, and access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable.
"We're visual communicators and the target audience that we communicate with can be very different whether it's a jury in a courtroom or a high school student using a biology textbook, the level of information is very different," says Linda Wilson-Pauwels, Director, Biomedical Communications Program, University of Toronto.
"I remember starting out with a simple interest in languages and language acquisition as a hobby. Now it's taken me to looking at how the brain is hardwired, and understanding how the influence of environment can alter this wiring structure." --Edward Ruthazer
"While I wasn't working for this or even hoping for it, I love coming to work day in and day out. It's really fun to be on the cutting edge of science," says Gino DiLabio, staff scientist at the National Institute for Nanotechnology.
“What most pharma look to me for is my 10 years of experience in pharmacogenomic clinical drug trial design and result interpretation,” says Judes Poirier, director of McGill University’s Centre for Studies in Aging.