Co-founder hub
Overview

"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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Rakesh Mahida
Biology|Chemistry|Engineering|Medicine
Ahmedabad, India + intro

Brief intro
My research project was ‘Surface modification of electrospun nano/micro-fibrous (PLGA) scaffolds via photo-chemical treatment for tissue engineering applications’. During the course of this project, I have answered the challenge of polymer synthesis, fabrication of polymer into delivery vehicle through electrospinning, polymer-growth factor conjugation and studied growth factor release profile. In addition, I have studied the stability of growth factors in tissue engineering scaffolds. Simultaneously, I have acquired experience of material characterization techniques, microscopy techniques (inverted, phase contrast and fluorescence) and in-vitro cell study techniques.
Contact Rakesh at: mahidarakesh@gmail.com
Richard Kelwick
Business|Biology|Medicine
London, United Kingdom + intro

Brief intro
Dr. Richard Kelwick is a cancer biologist that is interested in the biomedical applications of cell-free expression systems. He is an experienced independent researcher, primarily in synthetic biology and cancer biology. Building upon both a scientific and management background he is a co-founder of Cellibero, a synthetic biology startup company.

Success in internationally recognised business competitions:
LeanLaunchPad [2015], 3-Day MBA [2014], BBSRC Biotechnology YES [2010], Flux [2008], Regional Enterprise Awards [2007] and The University of Sheffield Business Creation Competition [2007].

Project management, and leadership experience with successful outcomes:
Scientific advisor and project manager of three successful iGEM teams; NRP [2011, 2012], Imperial College London [2013].
Contact Richard at: richard@cellibero.com
Jingyi Li
Business|Chemistry|Engineering|Medicine
Virginia, United States + intro

Brief intro
I have always been fascinated by how advanced technologies changed the world. As I learnt more about scientific research in graduate school, I realized that great technologies would not always lead to great products. I am interested in entrepreneurship because I believe it is the key to close the gap between advanced technologies and successful business. I am a chemist applying new technologies in biomedical applications, and have been working in both academia and industry on microarrays and microfluidic devices. In the meantime, I wrote research and business proposals, I was trained with Steve Blank’s startup philosophy, and I pitched business ideas in entrepreneurship competitions previously.
Contact Jingyi at: lijy.us@gmail.com
Satya Mishra
Engineering
St Louis, United States + intro

Brief intro
Integrated circuit designer with MSE in Biomedical Engineering. I dabble a bit in software, and generally love working on challenging problems.
Contact Satya at: snmishra@ieee.org
Deepak Thimiri
Biology|Engineering
Oslo, Norway + intro

Brief intro
Deepak is a Research Scientist, Innovator and Business Developer in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. Deepak has been awarded European Young Scientist Award from FEBS Foundation and Marie Curie CoFund Interdisciplinary Fellowship for his collaborative PhD and Postdoctoral Research. Deepak has been awarded INSEAD Certificate in Business Acumen and Stanford Ignite Fellow for innovation and Entrepreneurship with respect to Science to Business Development.
Contact Deepak at: balajideepak@gmail.com
Maniragav Manimaran
Business|Biology|Medicine
London, United Kingdom + intro

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• UCL medical student with a strong understanding of physiology, anatomy and pharmacology etc...

• Pursuing a BSc in Medical Physics and Bioengineering.

• President of the UCL Entrepreneurs Society. Involved in the management of our very own student run VC-Fund.

• Motivated entrepreneur with experience in the consulting industry.
Contact Maniragav at: maniragav.manimaran.13@ucl.ac.uk
Xuan Li
Chemistry|Medicine
Erlangen, Germany + intro

Brief intro
Biotech is a promise way leading us to the human wellness in the future.
Contact Xuan at: lixuan19880305@live.cn
Ivan Seah
Business|Biology|Medicine
SINGAPORE, Singapore + intro

Brief intro
Motivated medical student with interest in healthcare, medical innovation and entrepreneurship. Aside from my clinical training, I have prior experience in research and development, popular science media and biotech entrepreneurship.
Unique Skills:
Research and Development
1. Did oncolytic viral work with an academic lab in Harvard
2. Capable of various biological research techniques
3. Academic writing
Popular Science Media
1. Written for a commercial popular science magazine
2. In contact with people from mainstream media
Biotech Entrepreneurship
1. Participated in the Stanford-Singapore Biodesign Program
2. Started a project NanoDetect: A Novel System to Assess Breast Cancer Margins Intra-operatively
3. Technical Disclosure Filed

Contact Ivan at: ivanseah22031991@gmail.com
Maaz Ashraf
Business|Physics|Maths/Statistics|Engineering
Manchester, United Kingdom + intro

Brief intro
Biotech is a rapidly growing market in which healthcare products are always in demand.

I am from a 3rd world country, Zimbabwe, and am currently studying at the University of Manchester. Medical equipment readily available in 1st world countries is not easily accessible or is too expensive and therefore patients go to countries like South Africa to get treated.

Since I am from Zimbabwe, I have local knowledge and my family is business oriented, in a different field though. I can use my technical knowledge from engineering and business knowledge from working with my dad to startup a business in Zimbabwe and then expand it to other parts of Africa in which I supply medical equipment, install it and then provide regular maintenance.
Contact Maaz at: maazashraf36@gmail.com
Tri Luong
Business|Finance
Berkeley, California, United States + intro

Brief intro
After 4 years of investment banking (finance) and 3 years of operations experience, I want to take the next big step - which is to help found a company that turns important science and research into a commercial solution. I love working with scientists and researchers and I want to help them decrease the execution risk involved in starting a company. I have extensive expertise in market sizing, financial modeling, company valuation, marketing companies, fundraising, and day-to-day operations. I'm back at business school (Berkeley Haas) to pursue this goal. I believe that science is the most important part of any solution, but strong business expertise is necessary to get that solution to market. I want to be that missing piece of your start up team! I look forward to meeting y'all!
Contact Tri at: tri.q.luong@gmail.com
Philip Arvanitis
Business|Biology|Law
Cambridge, United Kingdom + intro

Brief intro
I am currently working within the Advisory division in Science Group(formerly Sagentia Group) in Cambridge and previously an IP Consultancy in Cambridge. During both roles I have undertaken IP Landscapes, market assessment, technology scouting, freedom to operate searches and advised on investments and future technology research strategies. The client I have work with include start-up, big pharma, multinational consumer goods and national innovation centres, along with chemical, and mechanical projects.

I have a keen interest in bringing ideas to life and a broad interest in technology and intellectual property.
Contact Philip at: philiparvanitis@gmail.com
Ranjan Nayyar
Business|Design|Engineering|Informatics
Philadelphia, United States + intro

Brief intro
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.
Contact Ranjan at: prashant4arya@gmail.com
Marc Chevrette
Business|Biology|Chemistry|Informatics
Wisconsin, United States + intro

Brief intro
I'm an entrepreneur-scientist with a microbial genomics, secondary metabolite biosynthesis, DNA sequencing, and molecular biology background. I'm experienced in the development of novel applications using computational biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, and genomic sequencing approaches, most recently as the Head of Experimental Genomics at Warp Drive Bio and currently as a member of the Genetics department and the Currie Lab at the University of Wisconsin. I have specific expertise and interest in translational microbial science, especially natural products biosynthesis, drug discovery, chemical ecology, and molecular engineering.
Contact Marc at: chevrm@gmail.com
Manoj Leelananda
Business|Physics|Maths/Statistics|Engineering
Edmonton, Canada + intro

Brief intro
I am currently working as a Product Manager in ISO certified Biomedical Company and I have more than 4 years of experience in this field. Therefore, I am equipped with good technical knowledge about almost all available biomedical instruments under world renewed brands, especially in the haematology analyzers as well as managerial experience.
Further, I obtained my MSc in Applied electronics and I developed a microcontroller based heart rate analyzer (equipped with remote monitoring facility) as a part of my Msc.
I have good knowledge about Ardiuno programming, Processing programming, Java. Moreover, I can handle Matlab Programming as well. I have basic knowledge about FPGA and Raspberry Pi programming, embedded systems (PIC & Atmega) Programming (Mikro C & C), computer Architecting Pro
Contact Manoj at: mddilhara@gmail.com
Edmund Lee
Maths/Statistics|Informatics
Singapore, Singapore + intro

Brief intro
I am a behavioral and data scientists specializing in statistical modelling in health, science and technology research. As a data scientist, I use data analytical tools to address big questions in health and technology sectors - such as understanding the psychological reasons for making health decisions or acceptance of technology. My works have been published in top journals such as Journal of Health Communication and Journal of Nanoparticle Research. I look forward to meeting and working with people who have a passion to use data analytics to address issues in health and science sectors.
Contact Edmund at: elwj88@gmail.com