I knew a little molecular biology, but I had no notion of what you could do experimentally. It reminded me of electronics, the idea that you had these tools to splice things together in an ordered way, that you could reengineer things in the cell to do something else. --Mark Goulian
"Scientists coming from academia will rapidly separate themselves into two camps: those who take the advice of their mentors and proceed cautiously, and those who use their internal motivation, creativity, and a lot of hours to tear up the track."
I still feel that I am very much in touch with science, only without the burden of having to do bench work 60-hours-plus a week," says Daniel Begin, a senior patent examiner at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.