McKinsey Blog: Inspiring leadership in young scientists

McKinsey & Company has been an essential Partner at each of our GapSummits, and Dr Matthias Evers, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Hamburg, has been a keen supporter of GBR. Dr Evers was a keynote speaker for GapSummit 2017, where he spoke on the need for teamwork and leadership skills in a life science career. Read about the recurrent People Gap that Dr Evers has seen in the scientific field and why it needs to be overcome below: Matthias Evers, a molecular biochemist and McKinsey senior partner, stands in front of 100 young…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 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

Enabling research for development: Indonesia

Low investment in research and development (R&D) remains a challenge in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Indonesia, for instance, spends less than 0.1% of its GDP on R&D.  A new grant scheme, the Indonesian Science Fund (ISF), was launched earlier this year to encourage more research in priority areas such as biotechnology. The ISF has at its disposal almost 80 billion IDR (about 60 million USD) to fund around 200 multi-year research grants. The key message of this initiative is clear: good research is key to successful development of useful applications and inventions that can contribute to…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

Chiasma – Lessons from a Decade of Bridging the People Gap

It's been over ten years since New Zealand’s (NZ) national student organization was founded, a big milestone and a time for reflection. Chiasma strives to foster links between science students, academia and industry. Back in 2004, New Zealand's science industry looked dramatically different from today's more collaborative and integrated biotech ecosystem. Universities were institutional ivory towers where business-anything was a betrayal of academic purity. Students were disconnected from each other across different universities and the wider world due to a lack of infrastructure to bring them together. There was also a distinct gap…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