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Students Profiles


MBE students are a very diverse group, both educationally and culturally. However all come to Cambridge with common purpose and students are soon immersed in the activities offered by the programme and within the University.

The three terms of study is a very intense experience, with many new challenges to meet and goals to achieve. Students who have studied on the programme offer a personal insight into their background and their experiences whilst at Cambridge and the benefits the programme delivered:

Michael Anderson Burley, 2013-2014, Malaysia

Cambridge and the MBE

masabCambridge has a slightly surrealist tone as a quaint medieval town hosting pre-eminent scientific research. Its colleges bequeath unique legacies and in parallel foster inter-disciplinary communities. These, by consequence, are invested with a sense of purpose and responsibility to author real impacts on society at large.

The MBE builds on this phenomenon by bringing together a diversity of would-be-players in the bioscience ecosystem and running them through boot camp. Although the lectures by senior industry professionals were a novelty, for me personally the main highlight was the dozen iterations of project work with different mixes of classmates. This not only built friendships and crucial skills, it also significantly contributed to the holistic perspective that is the major asset derived from the MBE course. 

Fields of interest

  • Healthcare and Industrial Biotechnology
  • Business development and Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation ecosystems and Technology policy

Education before Cambridge

Biotechnology BSc from Imperial college London, with a focus on: Bioreactor and bioprocess technology, Mechanisms of gene expression, and Cellular and neural signalling. 

Experience before Cambridge

  • Business Development Intern at US Department of Energy research institute for bioenergy, USA
  • Analyst at a strategy consultancy for Pharma and Biotech, UK
  • Student Researcher at the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine, UK
  • Personal Assistant in financial advisory services, Malaysia
  • Volunteer divemaster at a marine conservation NGO, Madagascar

Activities at Cambridge

CUE competition, OneStart competition, Enterprise Tuesday, Ignite facilitator, extracurricular business development, trying to allocate personal time for the gym (inordinately difficult)

Languages

English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (amusing party trick).

 


Jaime Domingues, 2013-2014, South Africa


Why I chose Cambridge

Mention of the University of Cambridge holds a significant amount of weight when speaking about biotechnology, entrepreneurship and sound academic work. My passion and curiosity for both pursuing innovative technological enterprises and absorbing knowledge about all things biotechnological align well with the culture upheld by the university. The college system allows for the opportunity to meet peers that do have the ability to change your life. Each department attracts the most prestigious lecturers, students and guests and enables learners to acquire knowledge and networks that will set them for life in any career they choose to pursue. The ability to study and learn at one of the world leading centers for tertiary education with proven success in both the academic and commercial fields is an opportunity I could not pass up and one I recommend for anyone considering it.

Why the MBE Is right for me.

The Masters in Bioscience Enterprise is the perfect programme for integrating entrepreneurial expertise and knowledge with biotechnological innovation. It covers aspects relating to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in depth. It gives unique insight into a wide range of aspects from the drug discovery process to the regulatory systems involved with developing pharmaceutical products. It has allowed me to creatively and critically explore and develop my commercial and entrepreneurial knowledge and ideas as well as be exposed to a wide breadth of biotechnological developments from agrobiotechnology to medical devices.

Having a background in molecular genetics and a desire for business development the MBE programme has allowed me both to develop my interpersonal skills with a keen focus on group activities and useful insight into the biotech industry

Fields of Study

Molecular Genetics
Plant Virology
Viral Nanoparticle developement

Education before Cambridge

BSc (Hons) Genetics at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

With development in nanotechnology a particular interest, I focussed on the development of Viral nanoparticles using plant viruses in a research project during my degree at Stellenbosch University. 

Experience before Cambridge

Vitis Laboratory, Department of Genetics, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Researcher into plant expression systems utilising GFP expression constructs

QCarHire Car Rental, South Africa
Website redevelopment and online marketing manager

Activities at Cambridge

Queens' College MCR Football, CUTEC, CUE, CUSciSoc, CUSCG NIH Breast Cancer startup Challenge Business Plan Competition

Languages

English, Afrikaans, Basic Portuguese

 


Alberto Libanori,  2011-2012, Italy

Alberto Libanori - MBE Student 2011-2012Why I chose Cambridge

Cambridge marries tradition with innovation, linking the best of the past and aiming at setting the grounds for the future.

Aside its academic excellence, (we’re number 1!) the energy is palpable both in the departments and when talking to students across all faculties- you can easily have a 8-hour lecture day on the Challenges of the Pharmaceutical industry and still be so stimulated to venture to a 9pm guest lecture on Dark Matter physics. All of this nicely topped off by a late dinner with post doc archeologists who entice you on the smuggling trade of historical artefacts through Switzerland.

Why the MBE is right for me?

Understanding the pharmaceutical industry in its totality is a task that requires multifaceted insight on many fronts. Only those with first-hand experience can effectively provide this knowledge and contextualise it for students to understand. When your daily lecturers include Nobel Prize winners, former directors of the FDA, CEOs and venture capitalists with 20 years in the field, you are sure to have the best of the best teaching you. Through the MBE I’m hoping to gain a thorough understanding of the Biotech and Healthcare field, both theoretically, and via our internship opportunity within the industry.

Fields of Study

Virology and Molecular biology
Healthcare for the elderly
International trade and cross-cultural business dealings

Education before Cambridge

BSc in Biomolecular Sciences at St Andrews University, UK
Intensive Chinese and Business Diploma, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Experience before Cambridge

China-Italy Chamber of Commerce,
Scottish Structural Proteomics Facility
L’Oréal
UMIST Analytical Chemistry Research Lab

Languages

Italian, English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish

 

Magdalini Papadaki, 2011-2012, Greece

Magdalini Papadaki - MBE Student 2011-2012Why I chose Cambridge

Amusingly enough, the question I often take is followed by “over Oxford”. But in reality, by being open to encounters and interactions with people from all walks of life, one frequently comes to realize that post-graduate education can be merely a luxury rather than a necessity. Even so, the opportunity to study in any one of the great schools of this world, let alone the University of Cambridge, ranking first according to the 2010-2011 ratings, offers an incomparable exposure to forward and innovative thinking, creativity, excellence, as well as an abundance of motions, organizations and societies. The Cambridge experience is much more than high calibre studies; it is a once in a lifetime chance to make a difference into the world.

Why the MBE is right for me?

From my years as an undergraduate student, I have always been motivated by things that can have an impact for society and this is exactly what has inspired me to move away from the academic bench, or the expensive company car and into scientist-led entrepreneurship. With more than 10 years in a multidisciplinary scientific stride, both in academic research and the pharmaceutical industry, ranging from plant biotechnology to personalized pharmacology and from human gene therapy to drug pricing policies and regulatory affairs, I have developed a fast eye for new prospects in the rapidly evolving biomedical field. It is my firm belief that nowadays, more than ever before, the enterprise of innovation in bioscience is an imperative necessity for the delivery of better therapies to patients. And given that the level of risk and uncertainty in this unique entrepreneurial sector is directly correlated with the quality of science, it is the scientists who have the will and skills to work at the interface of science and business that can make a difference. Down these lines, the quality of studies in the MBE course, the calibre of the admitted candidates and the strength of the acquired network, provide a first class opportunity to combine my scientific and professional experience with the necessary entrepreneurial skills, towards a most productive path at the interface of bioscience and business.

Fields of Study

Agricultural Biotechnology and Molecular biology
Pharmacology and Molecular Pharmacology
Gene and Cell Therapy
Virology and Viral vector development
RNA interference
Drug Regulatory

Activities at Cambridge

MBE student’s representative at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Public Relations manager at the Cambridge University Education without Borders Society (CUEWB)

Education before Cambridge

PhD, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells, Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens-BRFAA, GREECE.
MSc Pharmacology- Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology,
University of Oxford, UK.
BioScience Enterprise and Business skills, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 8-week course.
BSc/MSc Biotechnology, Dept. of Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural University of Athens, GREECE.

Experience before Cambridge

Novartis (Hellas): Drug Regulatory Affairs Manager and Medical Advisor for Consumer Health Division. Exclusive responsibility for Greece and supervision of Cyprus.
Post-doc researcher, BRFAA- Athens, Division of Genetics and Gene Therapy.
Research associate: Lab of Pharmacology–Pharmacotechnology, BRFAA, in collaboration with the Cancer Research Center, U. of Oklahoma, USA).
MSc Research:MRC Functional Genomics Unit, Dept. of Human Anatomy, University of Oxford in collaboration with Animal Health Division, Pfizer, UK.
Research associate: Lab of Molecular Biology, Agricultural University of Athens.
Music Industry- Entertainment: VIP Manager/ Foreign Border Organizer in Greece for Live Nation and AEG touring artists.

Teaching experience: Lab sessions

National University of Athens, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Dept. of Pharmacy: Biochemistry I & II, Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology
University of Oxford, Faculty of Medicine: Pharmacology
Agricultural University of Athens: Dept. of Agricultural Biotechnology and Dept. of Food Science and Technology: Molecular Biology I & II

Languages

Greek (native), English (excellent), Italian (working level)

 

Victor Dillard,  2011-2012, France

Victor Dillard - MBE Student 2011-2012Why I chose Cambridge

Cambridge is the ideal place to do a masters course, particularly in bioscience enterprise. The choice for me was simple: right in the middle of the most exciting bio-cluster in Europe, Cambridge provides endless opportunities to network, meet new people and share and discover new ideas. Whether this takes place outside campus life in a local pub, inside the college community in gowns at a formal dinner or through the myriad of lectures available to attend (on any topic imaginable), Cambridge is the perfect place to meet and exchange with enthusiastic, bright and diverse people.

Why the MBE is right for me?

The MBE covers biotechnology in all its glory, from drug discovery and development, to medical devices as well as agro-biotechnology. This is done in-depth both in science and business. The MBE gives you perspectives all the way from large pharma to small biotech start-up, as well as regulators and academia. As a result, the course offers the set of skills needed to be versatile, adaptable and knowledgeable in the industry.

From a chemical engineering background, with a focus in pharmaceutical manufacturing and a desire to enter the biotech sector in its broadest sense, the MBE is the ideal springboard to launch my career in the biotech industry.

Fields of Study

Chemical Engineering
Fine chemical processing
Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing

 

Education before Cambridge

Imperial College London (MEng) 2011

Experience before Cambridge

Procter & Gamble (UK)
Air Liquide (USA)
L'Oreal (France)
Micro-Finance Institution (Argentina)

Activities at Cambridge

Trinity Hall Rowing Club
Trinity Hall Rugby Club
Various entrepreneurs' clubs (CUE, CUTEC, Beyond Profit, Enterprise Tuesday)

Languages

French, English, Spanish, German

 

Stella Wooder 2011-2012

Stella Wooder MBE Student 2011-2012Why I chose Cambridge

I was seeking a course which offered the opportunity to update my technical skills and immerse myself in a completely new science area but one which maintained tight links with the business world. Cambridge fitted the bill; I found all those ingredients (and more!) on the Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise.

Why the MBE is right for me?

I was seeking a course which would maintain the momentum and energy of the commercial environment I had come from and a 9-month course which mixed components of business, science and technology fitted those requirements. The MBE’s “mosaic” of drug discovery and development, medical devices innovation and agro-biotechnology, mixed with regulatory matters, law, biotechnology finance and funding, intellectual property and healthcare economics provides a unique perspective. Hearing at first-hand the experiences of academics, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, regulators, lawyers associated with the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and other sectors brings the detail of the underlying science and technology to life. The diverse backgrounds and geographies of my fellow classmates has created an unforgettable learning environment.

Fields of Study

Mathematical and optical physics
Algorithm development
Enterprise architecture, management information systems & database development

Education before Cambridge

The University of Aston in Birmingham, BSc(Hons)
Imperial College London (Ph.D.)

Experience before Cambridge

Sagentia
Logica
EDS
Chase Insurance
A number of early stage and start-up companies

Languages

English, Greek