ThABI’s GapSummit and VoT Experience

The Beginning The ThABI team brought together by the GapSummit 2016 hail from two African countries with Adam, Dapo, Lukman and Voke from Nigeria and Nani originally from Senegal but working from Tanzania. Dapo is a PhD student at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Adam an MSc Student at the University of Glasgow, and an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Voke a PhD candidate at University of Lagos, Lukman, the managing director of inqaba biotec West Africa and Nani a molecular biologist at Africa…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

Voices of Tomorrow Competition Finalists Announced

The Voices of Tomorrow business plan competition is an opportunity for our Leaders of Tomorrow to put their minds and skills towards tackling the Gaps in biotech. We're excited to announce the ten finalist teams selected from the 21 entries. They will present their entrepreneurial proposals for helping to improving an aspect of the bio-economy at the GapSummit 2016 receiving feedback from an expert panel. The VoT 2016 finalists are: IPP-SB An educational agenda engaging teachers, journalists and creative thinkers to improve public acceptance of synthetic biology. ABIP A business incubation platform in…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

Applications now open for GapSummit 2016

Global Biotech Revolutions flagship conference GapSummit 2016 has today opened applications for Leaders of Tomorrow across all regions of the globe to attend this intergenerational leadership summit in biotechnology. Students, post-docs, entrepreneurs and early-stage professionals who are passionate about discussing the current global bioeconomy and the grand challenges biotech will need to solve by 2050 with leading industry experts, policy makers and researcher pioneers are warmly invited to submit an application. During the three days of the GapSummit 2016 (4th-6th April), Leaders of Tomorrow will learn from current leaders in the bioeconomy through…Read more

GBR community newsletter

Dear friends of GBR, We are happy to relaunch the GBR website with a new look, while connecting it with both past and future GapSummit websites. A highlight is the GapSummit 2016 website , check it out for the latest updates on the application process, sponsors and speaker updates. GBR has also been growing its influence in the US with a collaboration on a regional event held in Washington DC earlier this year, kindly supported by MedImmune. If you are interested in hosting one-day regional GapSummit events in your city, please get in…Read more

GapSummit 2016: line-up taster

GapSummit 2016 has today released a preview of its lineup of speakers. They come from a wide range of backgrounds including industry, research & policy. Highlights include:   • Dr Peder Holk Nielsen, President & CEO Novozymes • Professor Sir John Walker, Nobel Laureate & Emeritus Director, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit • Dr Jeremy Levin, Chairman & CEO Ovid Therapeutics and former CEO of Teva • Dr Sophie Kornowski-Bonnet, Head of Roche Partnering, Roche Group • Dr Jim Smith, Deputy CEO, Medical Research Council • Fiona Cicconi, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, AstraZeneca…Read more

Thought for Food – Global Challenge 2014. How the leaders of tomorrow are addressing global food security

In February Global Biotech Revolution travelled to Lisbon to attend the 2015 Thought for Food global summit (TFF). The two-day event in Portugal’s beautiful capital was centred around food security, one of the biggest global issues facing our generation. The TFF summit was the highlight of the global 2014 Thought for Food Challenge in which 336 teams from 51 countries developed business ideas addressing the question of how to feed a global population of 9 billion people in 2050. The teams were whittled down to 10 finalists, who were invited to the TFF global summit to…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 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
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