MIT Sloan Executive Education
Certificate Holder Profile
Bert Liang is an entrepreneur, scientist, and clinician who has led efforts in the academic, industry, and private equity/venture settings. He is the founder and principal partner of LCC Ventures, which serves in advisory, managerial, and venture capacities for global companies, managing member of Forward Medical Science Partners, a venture capital firm, and executive director of Pfenex Inc., a protein production company.
Bert currently is an advisor to a number of domestic and international companies. He also acts as guest speaker in industry and academic settings, and is a trustee of the Francis Parker School, in San Diego, California. He received his medical degree from Northwestern Medical School, his doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Bolton, and attended business school at Regis University and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also trained in internal medicine at Brown University, neurology and oncology at the University of Michigan, and did his post-doctoral studies in molecular biology and genetics at the National Center for Human Genome Sciences and National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
“Having an MBA and experience in a highly technical business environment, it is very clear that understanding the most cutting-edge company and product development strategies is incredibly important for success in very competitive marketplaces. The Advanced Certificate for Executives, (ACE) provides both a refresher and a source of the key tenets necessary today to create a globally effective strategy which can be used to create value.”
Bertrand has also recently published the following book:
The Pragmatic MBA for Scientific and Technical Executives
This primer enables professionals with technical expertise to collaborate with their business-side colleagues. Emphasizing brevity and clarity, it gives technical staff answers to their most pressing questions about economics, finance, marketing, strategic decision-making, accounting, management, and related subjects. It does not offer condensed 1st year MBA courses; instead, it presents streamlined concepts and insights that are easy enough to be accessible and challenging enough to hold one's interest. Its examples from pharma, IT, aircraft/navigation, and other industries highlight problems that technical professionals face daily. Written by "one of them," its credibility makes it more useful than Internet resources. Because it concentrates on pragmatic (as opposed to academic) approaches to business, it empowers technical staff to stay with the conversation--and take it to a higher level. Learn more > >