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

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

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

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

Sneak peak for GapSummit 2016 Sunday Pitch Workshops

This special blog post is sneak peak for the GapSummit 2016's Pitch Workshop on Sunday 3rd April 2016. Aiming to be "Pitch Perfect" CONGRATULATIONS to ALL who have made the last leg – as finalists – of this wonderful GAP SUMMIT. You have done wonderfully well. And others who made the journey but didn’t quite get to the final stage – WELL DONE ALL. It is not primarily about winning or losing – ALL have achieved a great deal. But there are a few who have been judged special enough to meet the…Read more

LifeImmune – Leaders of Tomorrow turn their Idea into a Business

Innovation challenges like the Voices of Tomorrow Competition can be the start of great things. This year's finalists can take some inspiration from LifeImmune: LifeImmune is a medical device company set up to disrupt the field of allergen testing. Our goal is to provide point-of-care diagnosis of antibiotic allergies from a single finger prick. To this end, we are developing an in-house whole blood immunologic assay using microfluidic technology. We are first tackling antibiotic allergies because there is an urgent unmet need for medical staff at hospitals and emergency rooms to verify these…Read more

Open Call to join the GapSummit executive leadership team and planning subcommittees

The Global GapSummit 2017 will be hosted in Washington D.C. in April and we are recruiting highly motivated students and postdocs in the USA and across the globe to join the executive leadership team and planning subcommittees. The position requires immediate availability and commitment in order to spearhead this effort. Ideal candidates will be ambitious leaders, with excellent organizational skills, and motivation. Open positions are: GapSummit 2017 Chief Financial Officer GapSummit 2017 Marketing Director GapSummit 2017 Case Competition Director Further vacancies are open for the following subcommittees: Marketing/Media Case Competition Speaker/Advisory Board Liaison Finance/Fundraising. Webmaster Graphic…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

Henlight – Sustainable integration of renewable technologies into traditional farming concepts

Young entrepreneurs face many challenges when they start their business. This blog is about early experiences about market acceptance of new business concepts. When I am not visiting chicken farms, I work with entrepreneurs at a UC Davis university in the U.S. While each meeting is different, the concerns of young entrepreneurs all seem to be the same: the right fit. Questions around products fitting the market, costs fitting within a budget, and milestones fitting within a timeline are quite common for aspiring entrepreneurs. However, for those working in biotechnology, there is an…Read more
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