I had the privilege of participating in the Columbia Executive MBA program, graduating in 2013. Despite my more mature years (starting the program at age 46), the course proved to be a transformative event in my career. Not only did I get to grips with the detailed technical material as part of a learning team, but I got to experience the daily reality of a career through the eyes of individuals at an earlier stage of their development than myself. This combination added to my years of professional development in medicine and biotechnology; furthermore within one year of graduating, I was delighted to be appointed to a CEO position at Aptuit, a pharmaceutical services company. The standard of education and the quality of my fellow students were extremely high. I would recommend the Columbia EMBA program to more mature candidates who are looking to transform their careers