What is 'Turning Science into Things People Need'?

David M Giltner, Career coach for scientists and engineers

Bringing a new technology to market is one of the most exciting and rewarding things scientists can do. But product development is very different than lab research, and a very different set of rules applies. Many times, the researchers who excel at discovering the new technologies are not so experienced at turning that technology into a scalable, viable, and profitable product.

We help scientists commercialize their ideas, or as I call it 'turn science into things people need.' With more than 20 years experience commercializing a variety of technologies in companies ranging from 20 people to more than 30,000 people, I bring a deep knowledge of what it takes to make a new product successful.

What we do:


We help your team with program management, product development, and business development

TurningScience Consulting

We work closely with executives, entrepreneurs, and business development professionals

TurningScience Mentoring

We offer a wide range of seminars and workshops on product and career development

TurningScience training

Our clients:

Startups and entrepreneurs

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Established technology companies
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Universities and graduate schools
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Listen to those we've helped:

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"Architecting your own career can be overwhelming, especially for those of us used to having all the answers.   David leverages a long and successful career in various industrial roles, and understands the patterns of thinking that the academically-trained fall into.  He addresses them thoughtfully by crafting solutions and guidance from the world of business, sales, and emotional intelligence.  This leaves you with the confidence to know you are heading in the right direction."

Tanya Ramond CTO at York Space Systems

“Meeting with David, I was able to identify areas in my approach that were hindering me from presenting myself and my skill set as a valuable asset to the workforce. I quickly realized that the mindset of academia and the mindset of industry are based on different principles, and David helped me to identify where my strengths were, and how to best communicate and present these values to potential employers”

Justin Dokter Design Engineer at Vergent Products

“You have been great help David. I got a chance to go to a career fair yesterday and it was very enlightening. You were right, nobody cared about my education. They only wanted to see the industrial relevance of my projects. I can't thank you enough for changing my direction of approach!”

Jaagni Parnami Masters in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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