About Life Science Tennessee’s Academic Alliance

Life Science Tennessee’s Academic Alliance consists of graduate students, Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral researchers that belong to an academic institution based in Tennessee. The mission of the Life Science Tennessee Academic Alliance is to offer an avenue of engagement with LST’s state-wide industry members, offering an opportunity to network, career develop and idea share. Through events and programs produced by the Alliance and LST, we strive to provide students with an opportunity to be engaged with the bioscience industry in Tennessee.


Academic Alliance members receive great benefits that are well worth the $25 annual fee. Each week members receive the LST newsletter that includes upcoming LST and industry partner events, as well as important information that effects our industry. In addition, Academic Alliance members are guaranteed the first drink “on the house” at each Beer & Biotech event, as well as a discounted $99 registration rate at our annual LST|CON.

Academic Alliance members also receive preferred information, peek previews and benefits for our two Alliance featured annual entrepreneurship events, Memphis Scipreneur Challenge and Middle TN Tech Venture Challenge.


Undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from any school in Tennessee can join the Academic Alliance as an individual member. In order to be eligible for the Academic Alliance, individual members must be enrolled or employed at one of the academic institutions based in Tennessee. Membership is $25 for the academic calendar year (August – July).


With support from LST, each chapter is encouraged to host regular networking gatherings. 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. LST and the Academic Alliance liaisons will assist the Alliance with planning and marketing the events.