Meet our Stanford Regional Manager - Menashe Elazar
  • When I was asked to volunteer to be the BioAbroad representative for the Stanford community, I was hesitant at first. I thought, "I don't have the time, I am not good at organizing event..." etc. I did however believe in the BioAbroad mission and agreed to be involved.

    At the time, we had about 600 members,mostly in the US and some in other countries. A solid number that I thought could be the foundation for a "BioAbroad alumni network" that would serve its members like alumni associations in the US serve their members.

    More then 3 years have passed and I ask myself, 'did BioAbroad achieve its mission? Was my effort helpful in the big picture (BioAbroad) or the small picture (Stanford community)?'

    BioAbroad now has more than 1000 members around the world, including a large number in Israel. Probably many of theIsraeli members would have returned even without BioAbroad, but I know that some are back thanks to BioAbroad's activities and efforts. The most important thing is that BioAbroad is present in Israel and helps keep the "Brain Drain" problem on the table.

    From the small picture perspective, BioAbroad has also been a success. We had several interesting events at Stanford where we met people from every university in Israel from junior faculty members to Deans of schools. We had a few events where people with knowledge about the biotech industry gave their perspectives and suggestions to members who are thinking about careers in industry. Also we now have alumni in Israel and yes, they are helpful. I know of at least two new faculty members who are looking for postdocs or lab managers through the BioAbroad network.

    This is an ongoing effort and for it to be successful we need every member's support and participation. I believe that we are on the right path and that we are achieving the mission of being the bridge that makes the return of scientists to Israel, smoother and easier than it has been in the past.