Friday Beers with Peers

Dear friends and network,

We are happy to announce the next REBBLS x CELLS Friday Beers with Peers the 29th of April. There will be great talks and discussions on Intrapreneurship presented by Albumedix, and the new entrepreneurship network NOME will come and present why you and your startup company should join this new highly ambitious trans-atlantic mentor program.

The REBBLS x CELLS Friday beers is a great place to meet and network with young professionals within life science in both academia and the industry. Sign up at latest the 27th of April, and please share this email in your network. See program and sign up details below.

Sign up here:

A great thank you to our sponsor, Galecto biotech for making this event possible! CEO Hans Schambye will be present at the event.

Read more about Galecto biotech here:

We look very much forward welcoming you all!


REBBLS Pitch Event

Come watch five preseed biotech companies pitch their startup to five seasoned Venture Capitalists. The goal is to make early biotech companies better at obtaining early stage money.

We are also selecting teams for doing the pitches at this event. The selected teams will also take part in a pre-event April 16th (10-14) where they will receive mentorship from seasoned biotech entrepreneurs. If you are an early stage biotech or medtech team that is looking for seed or growth money please feel free to contact to sign up for the pre-event.

Drinks and food will be provided in the networking event on April 21st.

Signup here (free):


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REBBLS Beers with peers

Dear network,

It is a great pleasure that REBBLS and CELLS are kicking off our new Friday beers with peers for 2016. Our vision is to be the place to meet other biotech and life science young professionals, who has an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship in industry or academia. We like to say, if you work under uncertainty, come and share and get inspired at the Friday beers with peers at COBIS!

We are happy to announce that the first speaker Friday the 12th of February will be Investment Director, Novo Seeds, Emmanuelle Coutanceau.

Please sign up here;

Please share this event with your network.

A big thanks to Copenhagen life science advisors for sponsoring this event!
See more at REBBLS webpage and linkedin: and
We look forward seeing you!

On behalf of CELLS and REBBLS,

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How to build a biotech/medtech Company in Denmark

Written by Chris Code
“The way we’re really going to grow the economy is to invest in people, to invest in innovation, to have the federal government put money in the kind of research that will create the new high-technology, biotechnology industries that will create the millions of new jobs.”
Author: Joe Lieberman
This is how REBBLS feels about biotech and medtech. Recently, we ran the Venture Cup Workshop where three teams: DEMKIP, SoundSense and Excigen Therapeutics that participated qualified in the Venture Cup Idea Competition Finals.  And last Friday SoundSense (awesome!) won their category in Product & Technology for their biofilter that will help people get the full acoustic experience of their favorite music without damaging their hearing over time.

So REBBLS was thinking about how to build biotech or medtech companies from this stage.

Here are some questions to ponder:
So where can these teams and other teams go from here?
Or if you have a cool idea in biotech what can you do with it?
What are the steps and how can you use REBBLS Network to achieve those steps?
My team from a pharmaceutical Company just got laid off.  We have an awesome idea what should we do?

One major factor in starting is figuring out where to start and what you might be missing.  You might already have a product but don’t have money, you might have team but don’t have an idea, or you might not know any mentors that can get you to the next step.

See diagram for some simple steps on how to turn your biotech/medtech idea into a potentially billion dollar company.


3 out of 6 REBBLS Workshop Teams in the Venture Cup Finals!

Edit: Congratulations to SoundSense on winning their category

As a scientist it is crazy how many crazy ideas I have heard from scientists that have just made a discovery.   ‘This is going to be the next big thing!’  ‘I am going to cure _________ disease.’ ‘I am going to be rich after this product gets launched.’  Then silence…..  A proverbial pin could be heard drop in the distance. For the fourth year in a row REBBLS has decided to take these crazy ideas and potentially turn them into a product that could possibly do the things that it was intended.  We have had some success helping people do this in the past four years we have run this workshop.  These workshops have helped people concretize their ideas and form interesting startups like VenomAb.  The Venture Cup Workshop that usually runs in November is an event where REBBLS has felt we have contributed to the process in helping young people develop startups and generating new rebellious projects. So this year we wanted to be more rebellious and wanted to push the convention and do things different than last year.  We chose a number of participants from a number different backgrounds mainly engineers, scientists and business people but tried to get architects, musicians, and other creative people onboard.

Next we collected a number of great ideas from the core group’s personal experiences.  Although on the day we realized that some of the 25 participants brought their own ideas.  Keeping it loose we decided to allow them to pitch their ideas and have people join these groups.  We tried to match business developers, with scientists and engineers as it is very hard for a just one scientist to make

Another way we changed the convention from the year before was that we had facilitators from REBBLS and a Company called bioinformatics Company called Athgene.  The facilitators was a person with significant experience from outside the team who sat in and helped the teams form their ideas, keep them on track and ask significant questions.  All the facilitators had a briefing on how to take their team from ideation to concept quickly and efficiently.  The facilitators did a great job!  If someone was to come some of these rooms you could see concentrated energy flowing.  Post-its of green, pink and yellow were up on all the walls, flow charts, complex diagrams were drawn on the white board and empty coffee cups and bags of chips littered the tables.  In addition to the facilitators, we had four experienced mentors: Human Shojaee (Venture Cup), Hans Schambye (Galecto Biotech), Herik Nagel (Scion), and Stephan Christgau (Novo Seeds) that were scheduled to talk and question the different ideas throughout the course of the day.  The teams learned a lot from their experience and by scheduling their time through the different steps there was no idle moment.  The last thing we changed from last year was that in addition to getting the groups to pitch, we had them write to near completion an executive summary of their projects.  This kept the idea fresh and organic. REBBLS helped push these young talents to their limits and in the end we received very positive feedback from the teams, their projects and Venture Cup itself.  This time we achieved 6 projects that were submitted.

The level of the pitches was fantastic.  It was like being at Techcrunch Startup Battlefield and listening to already established companies with Seed A funding.  If I was an Angel investor I would have funded all of the teams with some seed money.

The final projects the teams developed ranged from Parkinson’s, gene therapies against AIDS and other infections, a new network for scientists, a biomembrane for that does not cause ear damage when listening to music, bioinformatics for your gut microbiome to help people make diligent dietary decisions.

In the end REBBLS achieved two great results.  The first result was that three teams coming from this workshop made it to the semifinals of the Venture cup.  Two teams ended up in the Life Science & MedTech category and the third team competed in the Product & Technology category.
1. DEMKIP (CBS) is making an innovative step towards healing Neurodegenerative diseases;
2. Excigen Therapeutics ( DTU, KU, SDU, CBS) will produce gene therapies against currently incurable viral infections.
3. SoundSense (DTU) help people have the full acoustic experience of their favorite music without damaging their hearing for the long term.

The second result REBBLS achieved is that we were asked to take this format of the Venture Cup Workshop to other Nordic countries.  Possibly next year this workshop may go around the Nordics to help other biotech ideas go from concept to company.

REBBLS hopes to continue to do this in future years where we can push the convention to help other bioentrepreneurs.  Possibly all the teams coming from our workshop will be finalists in the Venture Cup Ideation contest!   The hope is to make better companies and make a better world.

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Open Innovation – can we boost innovation by being truly open ?

Open Innovation Event the 19th of Nov 2015 @ COBIS.

Thank you for a great event.





Sharing reflections and challenges.


Around 100 people showed up for the event and the great line up of speakers.


Speakers & Presentations:

Here is the list of speakers and links to download their presentations.

  • Rajiv V. Basaiawmoit
    Head of Sci-tech Innovation & Entrepreneurship, former Head of Open Innovation, Aarhus University
  • Niclas Nilsson
    Head of Open Innovation, LEO Pharma. [Download presentation]
  • Pieter Van Boheemen
    Program manager Waag Society. Managing Director Amplino
  • Martin Malthe Borch
    Management consultant at Implement & co-founder
    [Download Presentation]
  • Jakob Wested
    PhD – Student University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law  [Download Presentation]


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Made in India

A standpoint on innovation and business building in India

Authored by Sachin Chalapati & Nimesh Chandra P

85273049Back in 1981, when India was a country of Snake charmers and beggars to the west, six programmers quit their jobs and set out on a quest to conquer the software industry. Mind you, this was the time when it took a year to get a telephone connection and three years to obtain license for importing a computer in India. With slow bureaucracy and no access to basic technology, the 80’s was by no means conducive for a business-friendly environment. So, how did Infosys, launched on a mere 250 dollars capital, turn into generating 8 billion dollars in 2013?

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