Co-founder hub

"OneStart is a colossal stimulus for university entrepreneurship at all levels from undergraduates to academic staff."

– Hagan Bayley, Co-founder of Oxford Nanopore

The OneStart Co-founder Hub gives you the chance to build your perfect team or join a biotech startup.

All teams are advised to browse this hub to complement their teams with co-founders. One of our judging criteria will be the breadth of expertise within your team.

If you do not have an idea of your own, but experience or skills that would be useful to a bio-entrepreneur, register now as a co-founder. Our goal is to link people with ideas with those who can help them realise it.

Send an email now to somebody below, and who knows, you might be picking up an oversized cheque with them in May 2016.

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Matthew Hahn
Berkeley, United States + intro

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It was a passion for seeing technology and engineering solve problems that drove me towards studying biomedical engineering as an undergrad. While spending the last seven years in military service, I saw how simple solutions solved real world problems. Additionally, I learned how to achieve goals, which are not always quantifiable, by leveraging the strengths and talents of individual contributors. I am now a graduate student, pursuing degrees in business administration and public health. I'm most passionate about improving on a solution to neonatal jaundice using phototherapy by creating a simply designed product, helping lower costs and make treatment more widely available.
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Lucia Frattini
Birmingham, United Kingdom + intro

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I'm a PhD student in Aston University at Ebri institute and I'm part of the Surface, Material and Catalysis group and I have developed skills in characterisation and synthesis of new materials, followed by their application. Therefore the knowledge I will bring is fundamental for this project. I'm interested in biotech because I know only a little about that.
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Michele Becce
London, United Kingdom + intro

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I am a materials engineer, always looking for new challenges and opportunities.
Thanks to my background in engineering, I gained an analytical way of thinking, being able to deal with problems, identifying their causes and reaching their solutions. This has been further enhanced during my years abroad, in which I have had responsibilities for different projects, and I learnt how to be independent in dealing with the diverse issues that can arise in them.
In addition to this, since my work and studies often involved working with people from various different backgrounds, I think that my communication and teamwork skills have been enhanced and refined throughout the years. I have learned how to express, motivate and sustain my opinions, and also how to listen, and organize ideas from others
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Bramasta Nugraha
Basel, Switzerland + intro

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After being extensively trained in biotech and pharma fields during my academic history, I am interested to jump into entrepreneurship to transform ideas into reality that can be sold. In biotech fields, there are just tons of ideas can be generated but without stimulating entrepreneurship this can only be just lab-bench results. With entrepreneuship we can expand those ideas for 'real' applications. I am extensively trained in polymeric materials science for biomaterials as well as in 3D cell
culture technology for biomedical applications.
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Joanna Koszela
Edinburgh, United Kingdom + intro

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With a recent PhD in cell biology, I am a postdoc developing novel assays applicable in preclinical drug discovery processes. I co-invented and developed a novel method for testing specific enzymatic reactions in a high-throughput manner, which is currently undergoing a European patent application process.

Besides my research skills, I gained experience in technology commercialisation and business development through my current work in a dynamically growing international network of innovative entrepreneurs, researchers and investors.

An enthusiastic team player with a strong background in molecular biology and drug discovery, with some experience in IP protection, technology commercialisation and investment, I am now looking to join a great team for a new, exciting challenge!
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Ranjan Nayyar
Philadelphia, United States + intro

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As a post grad student at Upenn in Integrated Product Design, I am moving towards understanding the process of problem solving, ideation, prototyping that goes into any product, digital or physical. As an undergrad in industrial engineering, I can bring to the table a wide array of skills associated with product design, market research, product development etc.
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Rita Drumond Mateus
Geneva, Switzerland + intro

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I'm a biologist with a strong background in molecular biology and zebrafish genetics. I have worked in chemical screening in zebrafish and my phD was focused in fin regeneration growth control. I believe biotech entrepreneurship is key for the development of novel therapies, not only because of the ideas themselves, but also because the motivation and team spirit involved in creating something new lead to the advance of science.
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Martha Imprialou
London, United Kingdom + intro

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I am a postdoctoral scientist in bioinformatics in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London. My research involves statistical analysis of large volumes of biological and clinical data for the identification of gene targets for diagnosis and treatment of rare autoimmune diseases. Before that, I completed a DPhil in Statistics and an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

I see biotech entrepreneurship as a great platform to apply innovative science to provide tangible solutions to the healthcare industry, that have direct impact to people's lives. I would be a great fit to any project with a data analysis component – I am especially interested in personalised medicine and genetics.

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Dan Cojocari
Toronto, Canada + intro

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I'm really passionate about bringing emerging biotechnology to patients that could benefit from it. Previously, I have been part of such projects and learned a lot from the experience. I bring extensive scientific knowledge from the pharmaceutical, cancer research, and business strategy fields.
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Lee Dunham
Manchester, United Kingdom + intro

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Through reaching the finals and creating an award winning business plan as MD for our company idea within the Biotech YES scheme, my insight into the biotech industry began. From then on, I have worked as an intellectual property fellow at UMIP, and as part of OBR's consultancy team being exposed to a wide array of scientific research, and the necessary and complex pathways through to commercialisation. As a scientist I enjoy understanding and analysing the research, but more recently, I have developed and transferred these skills for more commerce-oriented outcomes. I will bring my current understanding and abilities to any team, and put my all into the business and look forward to working with other like-minded people.
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Max Lehnus
Cambridge, United Kingdom + intro

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Before starting my PhD in biomedical engineering at Cambridge, I received a BSc in genetics, a Msc in nanotechnology, and co-founded an e-health startup that raised €500k.

During my doctorate, I have been focusing on pathogen detection methods and on the development of diagnostic devices.

Concurrently with my PhD, I have also been working as a postgraduate mentor at Cambridge Uni, as head of business development for a local startup, and as project manager for OBR.

This is a great time for me to become a Onestart co-founder and apply my scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to help set up a successful startup. Feel free to contact me as I would be happy to discuss a potential collaboration.

P.S. In my free time, I like to row, do crossfit, cook and sing.
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Luigi Palumbo
Hong Kong, Hong Kong + intro

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My Master thesis was in Biotech companies' innovation and internationalization. I did a series of case studies across companies in Italy and in the US, and I became passionate about that industry. My professional patter brought me on the IT side for 4 years, now it may be the right time to apply my skills and knowledge on a different field. I bring my skills in Sales, Finance, IT at functional level, and - above all - a great passion to learn and apply new things.
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Ezhilarasan Rajaram
Munich, Germany + intro

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I am a PhD student curious about real world applications of biotechnology.
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David McCormick
Oxford, United Kingdom + intro

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Over 12 years working at country level Pharmaceutical Sales & Marketing positions, resulting in UK Franchise lead for a portfolio of products for Blue chip pharma. Recently set-up outsource company providing compliance and regulatory advice. Experience in strategic planning, supporting target product profile, marketing, digital marketing, operations.
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Joost van Haasteren
Oxford, United Kingdom + intro

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I am currently a PhD student at the University of Oxford looking for exciting opportunities to apply my talents. I work on the cutting edge of science; Gene Therapy, and have experience in nanoparticle and viral vector design and production whilst working on gene addition and gene editing approaches.

I would love to be part of a team that is motivated to make the most out of their ideas, in any area of biotechnology.

If you have any questions about me or you want to discuss your start-up ideas please feel free to contact me.
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