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Breakfast session:
impulses for starting a business in chemistry

The third career path ranks third among chemists after university and industrial careers. With this breakfast session, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker would like to contribute to the exchange of information with three lecture impulses and the opportunity for discussion and networking. The lectures focus on the network and the start-up scene in Saxony, an international view from and on Australia and the motivating success story of a biochemist.

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Dr. Jess Gledhill, MRACI CChem, Board Member – Royal Australian Chemical Institute, has been an Investment Manager at Braddon Capital, Australia's leading venture capital firm in the life sciences, since 2019. Previously, she worked as a patent attorney and did research on small molecules as cancer therapeutics. She holds a Bachelor of Science from James Cook University, a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Adelaide and a Masters in Patents and Intellectual Property from the University of Melbourne. Jess will introduce us to the Australian startup scene.

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André Hofmann has been the managing director of biosaxony, the cluster for biotechnology, medical technology and healthcare in Saxony, since 2013. The network bundles the strengths of all member companies and represents their interests in politics and the public. Foundations and cooperations are key to growth in the region. In his lecture, he will go into how founders are supported and the importance of startups.

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Dr. Marc Struhalla founded c-LEcta GmbH in 2004 and still heads the company as CEO. The technology arose from preliminary work at the University of Leipzig, where he studied biochemistry and worked as a post-doc. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Hamburg. Today, c-LEcat has 140 employees, over 400 customers from 40 countries and is part of the Kerry Group, a global company in the food industry.

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Dr. Holger Bengs, polymer chemist and business economist, founded BCNP Consultants GmbH in 2002. For many years he has been an appraiser for the Science4Life business plan competition as well as a member of the jury for the CHEMAnager Innovation Pitch and the PlanB start-up competition. In the GDCh he initiated the regulars' tables of the association for chemistry and economy (VCW) and the senior experts in chemistry. He will moderate this business breakfast.


Wednesday, September 6, 2023, Händel-Saal


Dr. Holger Bengs, BCNP Consultants GmbH, Opening


André Hofmann, biosaxony e.V.: The Biosaxony cluster and the importance of start-ups for the region


Jess Gledhill, Brandon Capital: The Australien view on startups and financing them


Dr. Marc Struhalla, c-LEcta GmbH: From university to startup: enzymes for industry


Discussion with audience


End of event / Networking / WiFo 2023 Program

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