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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Christopher Wright
London, United Kingdom + intro

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An in depth knowlege of Human Biology (esp. neuroscience) and engineering (esp. ultrasound) has taught me to speak the language of both clinicians and engineers. This unique perspective has positioned me to see the huge scope for biotech innovation and make an entrepreneurial impact.


Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, Immunology, Ultrasound (wave physics, bio-effects, imaging and therapy applications), biomaterials and biomechanics.

Technical skills:

Cell Culture, PCR, Matlab (Expert), 3D CAD (Intermediate), Electrophysiology, Electrical Engineering, Mathematical Modelling, Networking, strategy and Consulting.
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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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Inna Pertsovskaya
Fleet, United Kingdom + intro

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I'm an experienced Biomedical scientist with a particular interest in Systems biology and Bioinformatics for Drug Discovery. I run a bioinformatics outsourcing company Pepper Biology and looking for co-founders and new projects
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Richard Kelwick
London, United Kingdom + intro

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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].
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Philip Arvanitis
Cambridge, United Kingdom + intro

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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.
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Ian Pieters
Cambridge, United Kingdom + intro

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I am currently completing my MBA in Cambridge and I want to make a transition to biotech.
I have always had an interest in medicine and would like to be part of something that can change the world.

I worked in the electricity industry for 6 years before starting my MBA.

I have project management, research, design and business skills to offer and lots and lots of passion!
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Siang Yun Ang
Singapore, Singapore + intro

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I am deeply passionate about applying my scientific training to translate research knowledge into products or processes that benefit community healthcare. I have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, where I worked on on cardiovascular development, disease and ion channel regulation. I will be moving on soon to postdoctoral research work in sebaceous gland biology and acne, as part of a government-industry collaboration. I have also worked as a biotechnology investment fund analyst at University of California, San Francisco and taken courses in intellectual property law. I appreciate the commercial and legal aspects of translational research discoveries, and I hope to contribute my scientific expertise and analytical skills to biotech entrepreneurship.
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stuart sims
Zurich, Switzerland + intro

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Experienced Postdoctoral Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in Vaccines, Venture Capital, Molecular Biology, and Virology.
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Salman Malik
Manchester, United Kingdom + intro

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Why am I interested? Keen to deliver impact through an early stage high-growth start up.
Skills: Engineering (Biomedical Engineering), Business
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Matthew Miell
Stanford, CA, United States + intro

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Originally from the UK, I received my PhD from Edinburgh University studying chromatin structure in Robin Allshire's laboratory before moving to Stanford to enjoy the Californian weather as a postdoc in the Biochemistry department.

My current research in Aaron Straight's laboratory studies the regulation of protein networks at the centromeric region of chromosomes. This work aims to better understand how cells become cancerous by identifying how key centromeric protein complexes interact and are regulated to prevent chromosome mis-segregation - the most common hallmark of human solid tumor cells.

As well as using molecular cloning and mammalian tissue culture techniques, my work specializes in the use of single molecule imaging, protein production / purification, and mass spectrometry.
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Claudia Ferreira
Cambridge, United Kingdom + intro

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I have always had an interest in understanding how biological processes are regulated and how they result in organism homeostasis. this had lead me to pursue a PhD in Life sciences and a subsequent Post-doctoral position. However, I found that there a divide between pursuit of the understanding how an organism works and what causes disease and actually seeking to create better treatments and diagnostics to improve quality of life. Therefore, I embarked in the world of entrepreneurship with the aim to create real impact by attempting to arm the scientific community with better and more reliable research tools as well as development diagnostics to fulfill unmet needs.
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Kylie Ellis
ADELAIDE, Australia + intro

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I currently work in health research commercialisation in Australia and would love to use my background knowledge to work with start ups. I also have a PhD in neuroscience and contractual/licensing knowledge so come with well-rounded skills! I would also consider working with groups in different cities.
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Frank Yu
Boston, United States + intro

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I am inquisitive in identifying healthcare problems and passionate in finding solutions to improve human health. This curiosity and passion has led me to explore a broad spectrum of research from stem cell biology to biomaterials science and regenerative medicine. I would like to see myself as an perseverant researcher who would continue to ask innovative questions and a creative problem solver in applying engineering principles for better development of regenerative medicine therapies. I am also dedicated in moving innovative technologies from bench to bedside to benefit patients.
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Adriana De La Garza
New York City, United States + intro

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I started out planning to be in academia for life, but throughout my career I discovered that I would like to work on directly applicable research and providing tangible and useful options/products for people.

My current work is all done at the bench, I am very experienced in all the basic molecular biology and biochemistry techniques (think CRISPR editing, protein design and purification, RNA work, confocal microscopy, PCR, cloning, etc).

In the past I have worked with clinical samples in a massive scale to determine certain genetic traits. I am currently in an institution associated with a hospital, so I believe arrangements for collaborations and use of patient samples are possible in the future if needed by the project.
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Victoria Kubinski
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada + intro

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Clearly a lot of important ideas floating around our world, they just need to be developed. As a current student in law, I can bring the potential legal knowledge required to develop some of these projects.
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