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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Kathryn Lessard
Kingston, Canada + intro

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I have an idea for a new pharmacological intervention for asthma and I am looking to develop a team to enter the OneStart competition. This is a unique intervention, which is targeting the smooth muscle constrcition and bronchospasm component of asthma. While I have a background in LifeSciences and government, I am looking to add members to my team with experience in Business, pharmacology, marketing, or respiratory physiology. Any experience with patents is also appreciated. Message me if you are interested and I will provide more information about the project!
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Michal Lipka
London, United Kingdom + intro

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Hi there! I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Biomedical Materials (with obvious interest in the healthcare sector).

I've got a great training and a lot of entrepreneurial experience during OneStart 2014 (I founded a project that has got to the semi-finals) as well as other initiatives (Virgin Pitch to Rich 2015). I have good leadership skills, like pitching ideas and preparing application forms. I've also spent many hours on talks with TTOs about IP protection, product design, etc. Happy to serve with both my entrepreneurial skills and/or scientific training to person with a great idea.

I'm a trained physicist working on an engineering project where a lot of biology and chemistry is involved, soI've got good multidisciplinary background + problem solving and design optimisation skills.
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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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Diana Kohlberg
New York, United States + intro

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I am interested in biotech entrepreneurship because I have a passion for health information technology. Unfortunately, HIT is far behind most other industries. I want to be part of the solution that narrows and closes that gap.

I have completed a Masters in Public Health program, am in the process of a Health Information Technology Certificate program, and work in the healthcare field, which has given me insight into how biotech can solve healthcare problems. Additionally, I have previously studied design and psychology, which will aid in creating a user friendly and attractive product.
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Daniel Hardej
London, United Kingdom + intro

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I'm currently studying for my Masters Mechanical Engineering, and am also a prospective PhD student.

I have extensive experience in bio-medical engineering research, focusing on computational modelling of cardiovascular biomechanics, as well as cardiovascular medical device design. Specifically, my focus is in replacement aortic heart valves and optimization of the interventional surgical procedures in this area. This is the area in which I will be studying for my PhD, where I plan to explore the use of bio-3D printing in the manufacture of these devices.

I have a strong background in computational fluid dynamics, CAD, and am highly proficient in Python (including NumPy/SciPy and TensorFlow), C++, and MATLAB programming.
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Dang Minh Nguyen
Singapore, Singapore + intro

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I am keen on improving the living quality of human being, and biotech is a way to achieve that goal. Entrepreneurship is always a great opportunities and bring great experience for a PhD student.
Specialized in Physics with research interest in Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamic simulation, I hope to contribute building up good biological model and provide simulation result as well as construct experiment to test the validity of the idea.
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Eric Qiao
Sydney, Australia + intro

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Eric is a young and energetic business development associate, who specialising in China-focused business development. Eric dedicated to liaising and building long-lasting relationships with Chinese biopharma companies, developing strategies for China market entry as well as attracting funds or investments from China. Prior to joining Bio-Link, Eric was a scientific researcher at University of New South Wales and University of Adelaide. He has experience in a broad field, such as cancer, virology, biochemistry, stem cell and developmental biology. During this time, he has published six scientific peer-reviewed articles. Eric is about to complete his PhD study at the University of New South Wales. He was awarded Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) and First Class Honours.
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JeShaune Jackson
San Francisco, United States + intro

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Interested in transhumanism and regenerative medicine. Formerly with Cleveland Clinic's BME (4yrs) and Venture Capital Team (1 yr). Worked with the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) to commercialize regen med projects from Case Western, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, MGH, Univ. of Utah and Univ. of Virginia (Burn, Limb Salvage, Scarless Wound Healing, Craniofacial and Bone Regen Portfolios). Experience with regulatory affairs (FDA Face to Face meetings and clinical literature review for CE Mark approval). Thesis: Bench to Bone, Commercializing a Cellular Therapeutic for Regenerative Medicine (2016). Currently Program Manager of the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF.
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Corina Ceapa
Chicago, United States + intro

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• Independent, communicative, and technically experienced scientist with over 10 years of experience in mammalian cell culture, recombinant protein production, purification and characterization from bacterial and mammalian expression systems, bacterial fermentation, genetics and genomics, high-throughput immune assays.
• Demonstrated track record of being successful in the industry by creating value (1 patent) and in academia by publishing in peer-reviewed journals (5 first author papers).
• Passionate about conducting research on biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals and bringing a practical contribution to patients.
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Tennessee, United States + intro

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I'm currently a senior PhD student majoring in computational biology and statistics. I'm a problem solver with strong background in quantitative analysis and biology. I'm very interested in apply my knowledge to discover actionable insights for real business.
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Alexander Kitayev
Brooklyn, United States + intro

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My educational background is a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I currently work at a small Biotech doing contractual studies with academics and major pharma. We have developed a humanized chimeric mouse model, where the liver of the mouse is repopulate over 90% with human hepatocytes. I have been involved in Designing, conducting and analyzing results in the fields of DMPK, Toxicity and virology for over 2 years. I am now getting involved in the business side of biotech-connecting people, technology and ideas. I am also responsible for designing the studies and presenting results at conferences. I am very eager to be part of a fresh startup Biotech - as I have the knowledge and skills required to move the teams ideas and goals forward.
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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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Aagya Mathur
Boston, United States + intro

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I conducted research on cardiovascular disease and carbon nanotubes in high school, leading to my biomedical engineering research and thesis developing actuated cilia for artificial arteries to treat cardiovascular disease. Recognizing the gap between developing these innovative technologies and getting them to the patients who need them, I pivoted to business.

I spent 5 years is commercial strategy and operations consulting, where I worked across the payer, provider, life sciences, and other industries. My role spanned financial modeling, operations, business model development, strategy, design thinking, and more. I started a service offering within my firm, and grew a startup data analytics group over a year, where I managed teams and clients.
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Zoi Alexopoulou
Oxford, United Kingdom + intro

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I am a medical doctor (2012 Oxford alumnus) and I am now in my 3rd year of my DPhil (PhD) in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. I am interested in bio entrepreneurship and innovation. Having a medical background, I know how the hospitals work and the patients' needs which is essential in order to identify a good gap in the market. In addition, doing my DPhil in basic and translational research, I have good exposure to lab techniques, seminars, state-of-the-art technology and I have seen how research is being translated to have a clinically relevant effect. I would like to collaborate in forming a biotech company. I am interested in a wide range of biomedical topics, so if you want to collaborate get in touch.
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Jonathan Stephan Nowak Delgado
München, Germany + intro

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Jonathan’s passion is to build & scale successful companies globally by collaborating with like-minded people, developing high impact business models and investing smart capital across industries.

He has led projects in the energy & natural resources, health care and internet sectors. The global network he has built is strengthened by his ability to speak five languages. He is a big picture visionary and at the same time a team player who knows how to get stuff done.

Jonathan is looking for potential business partners as a co-founder/manager, investor or advisor/mentor.

His functional expertise is design thinking innovation, open innovation, virtual collaboration, management consulting, interim management, workshop facilitation, industrial engineering, people development, business dev.
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