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

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

BioBeat Movers and Shakers & BioBeat16

This year’s BioBeat 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness has just been released and among them are a bevy of leading women in biotech with strong connections to GBR, including: Kate Bingham (GapSummit 2014 Speaker) Jackie Hunter, CBE (GapSummit 2016 Speaker) Emma Sceats (GapSummit 2016 Speaker) And our own Ipshita Mandal, President and Co-Founder of GBR. The full list of this year's Movers and Shakers can be found here. BioBeat was founded in 2012 by Miranda Weston-Smith, with support from the Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre. It provides a platform for biotech…Read more

Show Me the Money: Funding Alternatives – Finance Online

Professor Alan Barrell is the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has spent more than thirty years in senior executive positions in technology-based industries, mainly Healthcare and Medical Products, and has been CEO and Chairman of private and public companies in UK, other European nations and China. Alan was a GapSummit 2016 speaker, and was kind enough to share some insights into how to go about financing your biotech venture. Finding Funding for the new business is as much a challenge for the…Read more

Catching Up with Leader of Tomorrow 2014: Emilia Díaz

Emilia is the founder and CEO of Kaitek Labs a biotech company based in Santiago, Chile that's creating assays and environmental biosensors based on "bacterial computers." She is also a regional blogger for Trade Secrets: a blog from Nature Biotechnology. Emilia was a Leader of Tomorrow at the inaugural GapSummit, and we asked her to catch us up on her experience since, how things have been progressing with Kaitek Labs, and how she's continuing to embody the GBR ethos. It’s odd to stop and think it’s been over two years since I attended GapSummit.…Read more

Q&A: Adina Mangubat, CEO & Founder, Spiral Genetics (Part Two)

Adina Mangubat is the founder and CEO of Spiral Genetics. She was named one of Forbes ’30 Under 30′ in 2013 for Science and Healthcare, and one of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association’s Women to Watch in Life Science. Adina has twice been a speaker at the GapSummit and a mentor for the Voices of Tomorrow Competition. We were fortunate to get some time to catch up with Adina and get her thoughts on the GapSummit, careers and career development in biotech, and being a young biotech entrepreneur. This is part two…Read more

Q&A: Adina Mangubat, CEO & Founder, Spiral Genetics (Part One)

Adina Mangubat is the founder and CEO of Spiral Genetics. She was named one of Forbes '30 Under 30' in 2013 for Science and Healthcare, and one of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association's Women to Watch in Life Science. Adina has twice been a speaker at the GapSummit and a mentor for the Voices of Tomorrow Competition. We were fortunate to get some time to catch up with Adina and get her thoughts on the GapSummit, careers and career development in biotech, and being a young biotech entrepreneur. This is part one…Read more

Catching Up with GapSummit 2014 Speaker Liaison: Rebekah Scheuerle

Rebekah Scheuerle was part of the GapSummit 2014 team serving as the Speaker Liaison. A Gates Cambridge Scholar, at the time she had only recently begun her PhD at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Concurrently, she was a Board member of US-headquartered non-profit JustMilk, which aims to address the tragic rates of infant mortality around the world that could be easily prevented by better ways of administering drugs and nutrients in lower income countries. Now nearing the tail-end of her doctoral studies, Rebekah continues to lead…Read more

Q&A: Philip Hemme, CEO of Labiotech.eu – the Start-up that’s Refreshing Europe’s Biotech

Philip Hemme (@PhilipHemme) is the Co-Founder and CEO of GBR's partner organisation Labiotech.eu. Recently, we had a chance to do a short Q&A with Philip to find out how Labiotech is helping to improve the European Biotech scene: Q: Firstly, what is Labiotech and what inspired you to found it? Philip: Labiotech.eu is Europe’s leading digital media for Biotech. We cover the industry extensively with over 20 news stories per week and we have over 40,000 visitors monthly. My partner Joachim and I started this venture out of a personal frustration. We were studying…Read more

People Gap – Skills young scientists need to learn early

I believe that education is key in shaping the conduct of research and innovation, and thus our future economy. Investment into education, as described by the Nobel Prize winner Jim Heckman, results in a more capable and productive workforce. Unfortunately, the current educational systems have not yet adapted to meet the real needs of modern knowledge economy. True, they have increased their capacity enormously, and more young people than ever are achieving a degree in higher education nowadays. Yet their careers often depend on skills that are seldom taught at school or university, such…Read more