The mission of the BioTN Academic Alliance is to offer an avenue of engagement with BioTN’s statewide industry in economic and workforce development activities.

The Academic Alliance is a workforce development program offering graduate students, Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral researchers attending a Tennessee-based academic institution the opportunity to network, career develop, expand skills and knowledge, and idea share through events and programs. Academic Alliance members also help produce annual entrepreneurship events, including the Job Fair and Scipreneur Challenge.


Membership in the BioTN Academic Alliance is free for students of Tennessee’s life science research institutions.

Academic Alliance members are asked to regularly engage in Alliance work and activities that help them better prepare for industry, as well as to help with recruitment of more students into life science and STEM-related fields of study and careers.

Each week members receive the Life Science TN (LST) industry newsletter that includes upcoming LST and BioTN and industry partner events, as well as important information that effects our industry. In addition, Academic Alliance members are able to pay a $20 registration rate for this year’s virtual  LST|CON, which is a statewide industry meeting organized by Life Science Tennessee each year.


Undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from any school in Tennessee can join the Academic Alliance. In order to be eligible for the Academic Alliance, individual members must be enrolled at one of the academic institutions based in Tennessee. Membership is free.


With support from BioTN, each chapter is encouraged to host regular networking gatherings focused on career advancement. These meetings are open to both industry and academia and are designed to serve the life science community by providing a regular event with quality programming.