Entrepreneurship

Tech Xperience Week – Brainport Eindhoven

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Selected as one of the top 10 candidates of high-tech talents from 500 international applicants to participate in a fully paid week to explore the Brainport Eindhoven region. Visited companies and research institutes (Philips, Fujifilm, Holst Centre, Vanderlande, VDL Group, ASML) and learned about their current developments, innovations and working culture during meetings with employees and representatives. Also attended lectures and solved specific case studies with fellow participants and employees in small group settings (October 2018).

Hacking Farming Co-Creation Sprint 2017 – Bayer Crop Science

Bayer LifeHub – Cambridge, MA

Winner of a 3-day, interdisciplinary team-based consulting competition on the topic of seed sorting – a global challenge. In a small-team setting, mentored by a Bayer industry expert, designed and implemented a scalable, electrostatic seed separation method. After multiple prototyping iterations, pitched a finalized technical solution in form of a demo and oral presentation for a panel of real-world experts in the field of agriculture. (September 2017).

8th Annual Harvard vs. MIT Case Competition – Harvard Graduate Consulting Club (HGCC)

Harvard University | Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, MA

Competed in a 2-week, fast-paced consulting event to address a real-life business challenge posed by Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, a company that develops therapies and treatment of diseases in the areas of autoimmunity and cancer. In a randomized, 4-person team setting, mentored by consultants and industrialists, proposed an optimal 3-year pricing strategy for an antibody-based drug of novel EGFR inhibitors for colorectal cancer treatment. Focusing on the US market, developed a value-based solution acknowledging balance between profitability and patient benefit, and the complexity of pricing of pharmaceutical drugs considering the full spectrum of stakeholders. (July 2016)

Grand Hack – MIT Hacking Medicine

MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Boston, MA

Self-assembled an interdisciplinary team composed of medical doctors, engineers, scientist, health professionals, software developers and business-oriented personnel. As a team, formulated a real-world problem focused on monitoring patient progress with chronic disease (such as diabetes), implemented an easy-to-use smartphone-based application to motivate and track health records dynamically personalized to the patient interaction activity, and finally pitched this business idea in front of a panel of VCs and health professional experts. (April 2015)