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EF x GapSummit: How I started a biotech company from scratch

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A simple Google of ‘How To Start a Biotech Company’ gives you thousands of articles and a million pieces of advice. But where do you even start?

Do you need a co-founder, and how do you know when you’ve met the right one? What makes a good idea and, importantly, how do you know when to give up and move on to another one? Is now the right time to start a biotech company, and what are investors interested in? Is a company the best way to make an impact in this area?

Filter out the noise and hear firsthand from founders who launched startups in this space.

Michael Dove is the co-founder and CEO of Inoviv, a novel biomarker technology that supports pharmaceutical companies in developing new therapeutics. Before starting his company, Michael spent five years as a consultant working with GSK, Novartis, Merck, and Boston Scientific and has worked on two prior biotech start-ups. In 2017, he joined EF’s ninth cohort, met his co-founder, Ernestas Sirka and Inoviv was born. Check out his compelling pitch to investors here.

Hana Janedbar is the co-founder and CEO of Juno Bio, which launched last year when Hana joined EF's eleventh cohort. After completing a Masters in Biochemical Engineering, Hana started a colourful and diverse career - including working at the BBC, advising policy-makers through her work at the BioIndustry Association, working as a scientist for a startup in San Francisco, and founding another company before launching Juno Bio.

And finally, we'll hear from Andrés Aldana, the co-founder and CEO of Shapenine, a company from EF's twelfth cohort. Biosensing, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical industries require molecular precision, but current production methods are reaching their limits, achieving minor improvements at an increased cost. Shapenine leverages the programmability and nanoscale precision of DNA to enable the cost-effective leap these industries need. By treating DNA as an engineering material, their deep learning software generates functional designs optimised for the specific task. Andrés holds an MSc in Bionanotechnology from KU Leuven, and developed DNA-based semiconductor nanowires to print pollution sensors and optical barcodes during his PhD in Chemical Nano-science. At IMEC, he created engineered magnetic nanoparticles fortargeted tumour therapies.

Be ready to put yourself in the position of a future founder and take away some practical insights. If you’re an entrepreneur-in-the making, or just curious about what it’s all about, this event is for you.

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