Youth Biotech GapSummit Vlogs

Youth Biotech are a group of Biotechnology Engineering students with an interest in bioregulation policy-making, and science communication, which emerged out of Youth-PRRI delegation that attended the Convention on Biological Diversity Conferences 2016. Youth Biotech had strong representation at GapSummit 2017 and captured their experience in a great series of video logs over the four days of the GapSummit, as well as their day 5 exploring Washington DC. See day 1 above, and the rest of their vlogs below.Read more

GapSummit 2017 – A Great Success – Recap of Days 1&2

GapSummit 2017 was a great success. 100 young, aspiring biotech Leaders of Tomorrow converged on Georgetown University in Washington D.C. from the 6th to the 10th June, to meet each other and current biotech luminaries. The first two days explored current and future challenges related to patient-focused Pharmaceutical Research & Innovation, and Life Science Education. The opening Keynote by Dr John Reed, Head of Pharma Research & Early Development at Roche, emphasized the importance of strategic collaboration and innovation coupled with diverse sources of biology. His speech about "Harnessing the Power of Biology…Read more

The Essence of Problem Solving

Dr Andreas Laustsen was a GapSummit 2016 Leader of Tomorrow. He was kind enough to provide a mini masterclass on generating novel entrepreneurial ideas to this year's cohort of Leaders of Tomorrow, and we thought the lessons he had to share could also help the wider GBR community as we head into GapSummit 2017. Andreas is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark. He has founded two biotech startups: Biosyntia, which uses synthetic biology and engineering to create biocatalysts for sustainable manufacturing and VenomAb, a startup that's developing replacements for…Read more

Meet Wen Chiy – A GapSummit 2017 Leader of Tomorrow

In the last of our introductions to this year's cohort of Leaders of Tomorrow, we're pleased to meet Wen Chiy Liew. Wen Chiy is a fourth year PhD student at the National University of Singapore. Wen Chiy describes the value of going beyond just education in the path to a career in biotech and her experience at the Singapore Leaders of Tomorrow Forum late last year creating an app to help students like herself in finding mentors from their desired profession. We're looking forward to seeing Wen Chiy at GapSummit 2017, where she'll…Read more

Meet Oliver – A GapSummit 2017 Leader of Tomorrow

We're less than a month away from GapSummit 2017. In the third and penultimate of our introductions to GapSummit 2017 Leaders of Tomorrow, we're pleased to meet Oliver Degerstedt as he takes us on, in his own words, a "whistle-stop tour" of his hometown of Luxembourg. Hear Oliver talk about his journey into biotech beginning in his high school enthusiasm for chemistry, through his Masters research efforts contributing to the development of Tagrisso for AstraZeneca, which takes a personalised medicine approach to cancer drugs, and now continuing to grow his skills and knowledge…Read more

Meet Eliel – A GapSummit 2017 Leader of Tomorrow

In the second of our series profiling a few of the young Leaders of Tomorrow in biotechnology selected for GapSummit 2017, we're pleased to introduce you to Eliel Villegas. Eliel is currently in the 4th semester of his biotechnology engineering degree at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. Eliel is passionate about the role of public communication and policy making in the advancement of biotechnology, having taken part as a student delegate for Public Research and Regulation Initiative at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Find…Read more

Meet Amna – A GapSummit 2017 Leader of Tomorrow

We're less than two months away from GapSummit 2017, and in the lead-up to the big event, we'll be profiling some of our 100 Leaders of Tomorrow who will be in Washington DC in June. We're pleased to introduce Amna Hamza one of our bright, young Leaders of Tomorrow. Amna is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Gothenburg, with a background in law from the University of London and having worked as an attorney for the Foundation for Fundamental Rights in Pakistan. She is also the co-founder and…Read more

CV-Eye is looking for talent!

CV-Eye is a smart idea out to save and improve lives. It's being developed by an ambitious group of our Leaders of Tomorrow, having been one of the winners of the Voices of Tomorrow competition. They're on the lookout for someone with the tech-savvy and drive to help them achieve their mission. CV-Eye technologies aspires to help stroke patients around the world, protect them from disabilities and enable them to live without fear. About CV-Eye: We are an ambitious team of scientists and engineers who are brought together by the wish to tackle…Read more

Leaders of Tomorrow find success in science and business

Kirill Gorshkov is an IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow at the US National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and currently vice president of the US GapSummit organising team, having previously held the same role in organising our first regional event, the US Leaders of Tomorrow Forum 2015. Alongside colleagues at Johns Hopkins and the University of San Diego, California, Kirill was the lead author in the publication of “AKAP-mediated feedback control of cAMP gradients in developing hippocampal neurons” in Nature Chemical Biology. The study used molecular techniques to investigate the role of cyclic AMP (cAMP),…Read more

The Future of Biotech in India

The past not turning out to be what one wanted, does not mean that the future can’t be better than one imagined. India is one of the most competitive countries to thrive in, but it does have plenty of opportunities if one is passionate enough to explore and seize them. The Past (A funding crunch and brain drain) Funding: A business without a funding source will flounder under the weight of its own debt. Funding is the fuel on which a business runs and the Indian biotech industry has always run out of…Read more