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

GapSummit 2014 archive back online

GapSummit 2014 was the world’s first inter-generational leadership summit in biotechnology. It was held from the 31st March to 2nd April 2014 at the University of Cambridge, UK and became a huge success. The full program, speaker and attendee interviews as well as extensive footage are available online for review again. On Facebook, over 450 people started following updates from GBR after the summit. And on YouTube, the content from the GapSummit counts over 2,000 views within the first two months after the videos were released. In conclusion, Global Biotech Revolution is proud that…Read more

Cambridge Rare Disease Network – Making a difference for rare diseases

Rare diseases may seem to impact very few people, but nothing could be further from the truth. In the UK alone, 3.5M people suffer from rare diseases. Globally, over 350M people suffer from a rare disease, which is the equivalent of the entire population of the United States. It was estimated that around 8% of the global population wil be affected by a rare disease during their lifetime… Despite those worrying statistics, from the 8000 rare diseases identified today, only 200 have a cure. On the 2nd of April we saw the launch of…Read more

The Algae Biotech Experience – an outreach “masterclass”

Algae are an amazing, diverse collection of organisms. They live in a range of environments from fresh/salt water habitats to land-based habitats such as rocks and even snow. Algae, mostly overlooked as slimy green “goo” growing on rocks and lakes, are extremely important as they are a major contributor in absorbing carbon dioxide and provide around 50% of the worlds oxygen. In fact, algae are the catalysts that turned a high carbon dioxide, early Earth atmosphere into a high oxygen atmosphere. This rise in oxygen then, in turn, created the ozone layer (which…Read more

Venture capital – what it is all about

  Imagine that you’re an entrepreneur, looking to raise capital for your idea that could revolutionize the healthcare paradigm in the world. Who would you call? Very often, you would think to pitch your idea to a venture capitalist (VC). Who are these people, what do they do, why and when should you speak with them? You will immediately think of the TV series Dragons’ Den (UK) or Shark Tank (US) when you think of VCs. While reality TV is sensationalized, VCs do play critical roles in helping ideas commercialize, and bringing innovations…Read more

GapSummit review by a Leader of Today

The GapSummit 2014 was one of the most intense, exhilarating, and intellectually stimulating experiences that I have ever had.  Rarely would it be possible to reproduce such an event to the same quality, speaker calibre and professionality.  100 Leaders of Tomorrow were carefully selected from applicants across the globe to attend this conference.  Having considerable experience in attending professionally organized meetings of various national industry biotech and pharmaceutical associations, I can vouch for the fact that gathering so many Nobel prize winners, Senior Specialists, and industry know-how in one place at one time…Read more

GapSummit review by a Leader of Tomorrow

I thank the organisers of the GapSummit for planning and hosting this ‘one-of-a-kind’ summit. It was indeed a privilege to have been selected as one of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow from around the world to participate in the GapSummit. I have enjoyed every aspect of the summit, especially, the unique opportunity to interact and learn from current global leaders and experts in the field of biotechnology. The keynote speeches provided deep insight into the current global state of biotechnology, and highlighted many gaps that exist in the field of biotechnology today. There…Read more

The Leadership Gap

Young, brilliant scientists, highly trained, curious minds, in positions that allow them to experiment and research - is that going to be enough for success in the future?  Probably not as even those with the most highly developed, leading edge skills and knowledge are unlikely to make the difference that is required without the appropriate leadership behaviours.  Making that difference is not just about discovering scientific breakthroughs but is also about challenging the status quo of the establishments and fostering a new way of working. When new in role and junior in the…Read more

What makes the “People gap” tricky

What makes the “People gap” specifically tricky is that the biotech world needs highly trained individuals – PhDs with several years of postdoctoral experience - and that this training is mostly outsourced to academic institutions. In consequence, if there are major flaws in these institutions, talented people are discouraged from pursuing this career path and turn their back to research long before they can even reach the entry portal to the biotech world. And this is what I believe is currently happening. We, the young scientists who would ultimately be the ones discovering…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
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