Building a life science entrepreneur community for the age of biology
By Samir Chitnavis, SEC Content Manager
London, United Kingdom - A group of students, entrepreneurs and industry professionals from the Golden Triangle have launched the Science Entrepreneur Club (SEC), a non-profit organisation, aiming to boost innovation by uniting the key stakeholders in the life science industry. The SEC provides scientific entrepreneurs with a revolutionary network and platform to showcase their innovative technologies, accelerate their company and find investors.
The experienced SEC team understands the barriers faced by innovators looking to translate their ideas into successful companies, especially in their early stages. Finding the right investors, accessing relevant resources, such as lab equipment and lab space, and cultivating talent pools are just a few of the challenges. These issues can hold back novel drug development and disruptive technologies. The life science industry is also heavily-regulated, capital-intensive and resistant to change. With this knowledge, the SEC aims to be the catalyst for innovation in the life science ecosystem.
“In the next ten years scientists at UK companies and universities will discover more about biology than in the last 100. Much of this ground-breaking research will be disruptive and will require a collaborative effort from across the life science ecosystem in order to reach patients”, says Fane Mensah, one of the managing directors at the SEC and a PhD candidate in medicine at UCL. “At the SEC, we want to build a hub for innovators to expand their network and meet like-minded enthusiasts.”
The SEC’s model is extensive. Their regular events and workshops feature scientific leaders and bold entrepreneurs, giving life science innovators and enthusiasts the chance to connect to the industry, and investors the chance to meet promising early-stage companies. The SEC’s articles and start-up resources aim to inspire a new generation of life science entrepreneurs, whilst interviews with founders of biotech start-ups allow the voices of the leaders of tomorrow to be heard. Their broad network allows innovators to connect with leading accelerator programs like RebelBio, and companies can also gain access to the resources and infrastructure offered by the SEC’s founding partner Clustermarket, an online marketplace for scientific equipment and technical services.
“With our community of start-ups and researchers we aim to be at the centre of all the latest developments in the UK biotech and synthetic biology scene and gain a deep insight into future industry trends” says Thomas Vanderstichele, a managing director at the SEC.
To be part of this exciting community, innovators, investors and enthusiasts can keep up-to-date with the SEC through their regular events and newsletters, and follow the organisation on social media channels and through their website.
About Science Entrepreneur Club:
The Science Entrepreneur Club (SEC) is a non-profit organisation of curious minds that aims to explore and unite the life science ecosystem by educating, inspiring and connecting. We give scientific entrepreneurs a network and a platform to showcase their innovative technologies, find investors and accelerate their company.
Clustermarket is helping scientists, engineers and other technology pioneers to rent lab equipment from nearby institutions and to find the best service providers. The equipment and services listed on Clustermarket are offered by universities, other research institutions and businesses, making research more sustainable.