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

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

Interview with Leader of Tomorrow 2016: Dr. Sandhya Sriram, Research Fellow at A*STAR & Director of the virtual newsroom Biotechin.Asia

Leader of Tomorrow and GapSummit 2016 attendee Dr. Sandhya Sriram is currently a Research Fellow at Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), A*STAR, working on stem cells from fat and teeth. She is the Vice President of the A*STAR postdoc society (A*PECSS) as well as the co-founder, director and assistant editor of the online virtual newsroom Biotechin.Asia. Q: Sandhya, thank you very much for joining us today. What was your motivation to apply for the GapSummit? Sandhya: I am an active member/Vice President at the A*STAR postdoc society (A*PECSS) in Singapore. A*PECSS is a volunteer…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

Medical Innovation’s Elephant in the Room

Medical innovation is great! Big pharma keeps breaking boundaries by discovering new drugs. However, we have a giant elephant in the room; we do not make best use of what we have already, we keep getting distracted by shiny new innovations. A study conducted in 2012 in the heart of Birmingham with 7,000 patients, 70% of whom were of ethnic origin, found their medication adherence to be between 50-70%. These patients were not being treated for trivial diseases, they were suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and under-active thyroid. Just for some perspective, The…Read more