Matching students with experienced professionals to foster personal and professional development in an informal setting
The Synapse Mentorship Program
The program runs from October 2020 - May 2021 where you and your assigned mentor will meet 4-6 times and work on several topics according to both of your schedules. Intertwined your meetings, Synapse will organize three events spaced out throughout the cycle.
If you join our program, you can tailor it to your needs. You can either focus on your personal development, or perhaps on your professional growth. Whatever you decide to work on, it will be together with a mentor with a life science background like yours. They will challenge your perspectives, guide your decisions and let you tap into their experience and knowledge in an informal and safe environment.
Mentorship Program Timeline
The matching process
You will apply the mentorship program with a short motivational letter answering the two questions found in the section “how to apply” and your CV.
Furthermore, you will have to choose a number of words that describe you and your interest within life science the best. We have already produced a list of words to choose from – which will be evident in the application form. As we only have a limited amount of mentors we will not be able to match all our applicants.
Remember that our Synapse Mentorship Program is not a way into the companies that our mentors represent.
For more information about each mentor go to the bottom of this site.
Who can apply
You are eligible to enter the program if:
- You are a 3rd-year Bachelor student or have at least 1 year left in your master’s program and you’re not going on exchange during the mentorship program.
- You are enrolled in a life science program at a university in the Copenhagen area (Lund University included).
- You are available for the kick-off event. The event will be held in Copenhagen on October 7th.
How to apply
When applying we ask for your CV (maximum 2 pages) and a motivational letter where you answer the following two questions (max. 300 words per questions):
- What is your motivation to become a mentee in the Synapse Mentorship Program?
- What are your current educational/career plans and how do you believe a mentor could help you achieve your specific goals?
In the application form you also need to pick 7 words that you find the most interesting. We will use these words to find the best match for you.
The application deadline is September 25th.
KMP+ House of Mentoring
KMP+ House of Mentoring has since 2000 designed and delivered state-of-the-art mentoring programmes based on in-depth research and good practice. Together with the client, we ensure that development activities are relevant, meaningful to the individual, and clearly connect to strategic objectives, thus increasing the organisation’s ability to deliver results.
Benefits of working with KMP+ House of Mentoring
- Ensuring one approach, one common language and common understanding of mentoring in the organisation.
- Minimizing the cost of “trial and error”.
- State-of-the-art mentor/mentee-training with innovative, engaging and solid tools.
- Providing concepts and tools that motivate employees to invest in their own learning.
- 20+ years of experience designing and delivering mentoring programmes.
KMP+ House of Mentoring supports the mentoring programme at Synapse
Since 2017, KMP+ House of Mentoring has facilitated Synapse’s kick-off event by using the engaging and innovative concept Mentor+Game™ to train the mentors and mentees in the skills of modern mentoring. The kick-off event enhances the learning experience of mentors and mentees and ensure that all mentors and mentees within the Synapse Mentoring Programme are provided a common language and tools for their collaboration.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book a meeting with a senior consultant to explore how mentoring could make a difference in your organisation.
Kirsten M. Poulsen is the founder of KMP+ House of Mentoring and an international expert in the field of mentoring. She is the author and co-author of several books, articles and is a widely used speaker at international and national conferences.
MENTORS OF 2020/2021
Beatrice Yang obtained her M.Sc.Eng in Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals from Lund University, followed by 2 years of clinical research in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Lund University in associated with Skåne University Hospital.
In 2010, Beatrice joined the pharmaceutical industry in Novo Nordisk’s graduate program and have held various positions across the value chain – such as Regulatory affairs, Product Supply and Medical affairs – both HQ- and regionally-based in Denmark, China and Switzerland.
In 2018, Beatrice joined Lundbeck, a pharmaceutical company focused on brain disorders, as a Senior Specialist in Regulatory Science & Advocacy. Her role is highly cross-functional and includes strategic analyses to support drug development; as well as advocacy activities, such as collaboration with other companies in public-private-partnerships.
Christiane has worked as a business analyst, process consultant and project manager in IT-projects in big multinational companies. From that she has gained experiences with how to navigate in complex environments spanning departments and country borders. She has equipped her ‘consultant toolbox’ with key project management skills and know of the fundamentals for how to make projects successful, and has learned how to prioritise time and tasks as optimal as possible.
PATRICK NASCIMENTO MELSTED
With a background in biotechnology coupled with business administration and bio-entrepreneurship, Patrick works to bridge science and business. He is passionate about science and sustainability, and work in a setting where he can leverage his scientific and commercial competencies to bring natural solutions to the world. This he achieves in Chr. Hansen where he has a central part in ensuring that they deliver natural solutions to market needs, especially within food industry, with key focus on UN sustainable development goals.
Nidhi is a medical expert on clinical trials (phase 1 to 4) doing medical monitoring, preparing medical monitoring plans, and advising on ongoing medical issues in the trial. she collaborates with CROs, CRAs and investigators from all over the world for successful running of clinical trials. She is also involved in sharing of scientific and medical knowledge within one or more defined projects and therapeutic areas within Leo as well as outside. She worked on a psoriasis phase 4 trial and a paediatric development program and is now working on a atopic dermatitis phase 1 and a long term safety study. She contributes to the generation of trial outlines, trial definition documents, clinical trial protocols, clinical regulatory documents, etc. and presenting them to the stakeholders.
JENS ROSENGREN DAUGAARD
With a strong scientific background from University of Copenhagen (Ph.D. & Post Doc), Jens moved on to the pharma/biotech industry as a drug developer where he gained 20+ years of experience, including 10 years at Novo Nordisk A/S and 11 Years at Zealand Pharma A/S. He is experienced in Project Manager and in Business Development, Licensing and Alliance Management. Jens has good and solid technical skills in the areas of valuation, commercial assessment, market research, brand and disease knowledge, strategic marketing, scientific and regulatory assessment, scouting of pipeline assets and acquisition targets.
After graduating with a master’s degree in chemistry from DTU, Eva worked as a consultant for Bain & Company for 2.5 years, where she learned about business issues and strategy, and developed countless slides, frameworks and excel models. She now works for the world’s leading manufacturer of human milk oligosaccharides, a key ingredient in breast milk sold for infant formula and other health purposes. Eva’s main responsibilities working at Glycom is commercial maturation of their product pipeline, and she partakes in various marketing and sales projects. Eva finds pipeline maturation super exciting as she get to focus on one of the most fun issues: Translation of technology to something beneficial for the world.
Cecilie graduated from UCPH with a M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine in 2017. Two months after, she joined HERAX as a consultant. HERAX combine R&D operational knowledge, technologies and project methodology to optimize processes and implementing IT systems for pharmaceutical companies. During her time at HERAX, she has worked for several Global pharmaceutical companies, and has undergone a steep learning curve. She is currently leading two major projects as a Project Manager for one of their clients. In addition, she has become certified in PRINCE2, SCRUM, CDISC and GAMP5, as well as taken several courses within Clinical Development.
After graduating as a civil engineer within biotechnology from DTU, Benedikte spent the first 7 years of her career in basic/clinical cancer research at the Finsen Laboratory (Rigshospitalet). She hereafter moved on to Dako/Agilent Technologies, where she supported the production of reagents for cancer diagnostics. In Benedikte’s current role as a scientific manager in the Medical Affairs department at Coloplast, she works with clinical documentation of medical devices, thereby uniting some of her biggest interests – communication, health sciences and cross-functional collaboration, which have been central elements throughout her career.
Holding a PhD in molecular biology from 1994 from Copenhagen University, Jesper today holds a position as a Senior Science Manager at Novozymes. He is the Co-author of 40 scientific articles and 70 patents, and has a vast experience within the fields of protein engineering and protein expression.
Apart from his day job at Novozymes Jesper has also taken part in outreach programs such as “Forskningsdøgn”, “engineer the future”, “Dansk Naturvidenskabsfestival” and both the KU- and Synapse Mentorship Program.
William is a British Expatriate and Bioinformatics MSc, working on developing the machine learning capabilities within organizations and passionate about the operationalization and practical use of machine learning, especially within healthcare and the life sciences. As well as this, he has been part of a small team building up new services/offerings in his own company (mostly around machine learning) in NNIT as a corporate entrepreneur. Aside from his day job, he is becoming increasingly interested in projects working on the UN SDGs, especially numbers 3 & 9.
As a biotechnologist with a master in business administration, Christina bridges life science, business development, and analytics. She has been part of entrepreneurial technology ventures since commencing her studies, working with, analytics, sales, technology development, and business development.
The last two and half years, she has been with Accelerace Management A/S, in a position combining analytics and coaching start-ups.
She is always part of initiatives in the Danish life science ecosystem latest, REBBLS, a networking organization focusing on young biotech entrepreneurs in Denmark.
ANNE BONDGAARD TOLSTRUP
Dr Anne B. Tolstrup has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years and has broad and in-depth experience with Biologics Cell Line and Process Development, Genetics analyses, Scale-up, Process Performance Qualification (PPQ), Clinical and Commercial GMP Manufacturing as well as regulatory agencies (FDA, EMA). She is also a very experienced people leader having worked in various line management roles for many years.
Anne started her own CMC bioprocess consulting company AbtBioConsult 2½ years ago. In this role she works with a multitude of international clients using her experience from many years in the biopharmaceutical industry helping to bring their biologics products through CMC development and onto the market for patient treatment. Prior to consulting, Anne worked for large international biopharma companies including Biogen (Hillerød, DK) and Boehringer-Ingelheim (Biberach an der Riss, Germany) as well as for Danish biotech companies, including Symphogen, Pharmexa and the spin-out Inoxell, as project or function leader in Process Development or Manufacturing Sciences. Anne is very active in the European Society for Animal Cell Technology, ESACT, as member of the Executive and the Scientific Committees and she teaches every year on ESACTs Animal Cell Technology course.
Anne obtained her Master’s degree and PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Aarhus, Denmark in 1992 and 1994, respectively.
Passionate about developing digital solutions to everyday problems, Helen began corporate life as part of the Maersk sales team in Sydney, Australia. A chance encounter with a global commercial project led her down the rabbit whole of large scale digital transformation. She is an experienced Product Manager, Process Architect, Business Analyst and commercial subject matter expert. What has excited her most through her time at Maersk and Novozymes is the ability of a dedicated team to completely transform the ways of working of a company when they correctly understand the root causes of today’s inefficiencies. Designing and delivering simple solutions to large, complex organisational challenges is her bread and butter.
During his studies in molecular biology, Bjorn has cultivated a passion for the intersection between science and business. Bjorn has worked at a biotech startup as a Research Associate and been a Board Member at a non-profit student organization. After graduating with a Master’s degree from University of Copenhagen, Bjorn joined Roche where he has been for two and a half years. He started out in Medical Affairs where he gained an understanding of clinical trials, and in his current role, he has the responsibility for Roche Denmark’s partnerships with the Danish Universities and scout the Danish biotech ecosystem for new innovative technologies within the areas of interest for Roche Partnering. In addition, Bjorn participates in public affairs activities where he takes part in shaping the life science environment in Denmark.
Graduated from Food/Agricultural University of Hohenheim (DE). Worked as a researcher in food industry in R&D and innovations areas at Nestle, Mondelez, Arla Foods. Currently working as a research scientist for an ingredients company – Novozymes on finished consumer products (B-2-B). Experienced in managing tech-innovation projects from an idea to industrialization and launch on markets. Leading and participating in projects within existing process/technology improvements, new process/product development, contracted research and manufacturing with external partners. Engaging with partners/customers/stakeholders and translating “science” language of potential and existing projects to a more end-user and commercial-friendly format.
OUR MENTORS WORK AT
Novo Nordisk A/S
Novo Nordisk A/S is a global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered just outside Copenhagen, Denmark.
Their purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity, and rare blood and rare endocrine diseases. They do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to their medicines and working to prevent and ultimately cure the diseases they treat.
They employ more than 43,000 people in 80 offices around the world, and market their products in 170 countries.
Chr. Hansen A/S
Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that develops natural solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries.
We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements, animal feed, and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on around 40,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as “good bacteria.”
Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which makes our products highly relevant in today’s world. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for more than 145 years. We are proud that more than 1 billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day.
University of Copenhagen
We are passionate people building winning teams with our customers. With deep roots in the pharmaceutical industry, we supply services that meet the highest requirements for quality, security and standardization. Read more about our quality and security.
NNIT is one of Denmark’s leading consultancies in IT development, implementation and operations. For over a decade, we have applied the latest advances in technology to make software development, business processes and communication significantly more effective. Read about our values and culture.
NNIT’s service offerings include advising, building, implementing, managing and supporting IT solutions and operating IT systems for customers. In 2018 our revenue stood at DKK 3 billion. Read more about our life sciences services and customers.
Today, NNIT has approximately 3,300 employees – of which approximately half work outside the borders of Denmark – in China, the Czech Republic, the Philippines, Switzerland, Germany and in the US. Read about our history here.
Leo Pharma is an independent, research-based pharmaceutical company. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical drugs to dermatologic and thrombotic patients in more than 100 countries globally.
To realise their vision of becoming the preferred dermatology care partner improving people’s lives around the world, they are expanding into new regions and markets, reaching more patients and societies with drugs and therapies that address unmet medical needs.
Leo Pharma has its own sales forces in 61 countries and employs around 5,000 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered in Denmark and is wholly owned by the Leo Foundation.
Coloplast develops products and services that make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions. Working closely with the people who use our products, we create solutions that are sensitive to their special needs. We call this intimate healthcare. Our business includes Ostomy Care, Continence Care, Wound & Skin Care and Interventional Urology. We operate globally, and our organisation is about 11,000 people strong
Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.
An estimated 700 million people worldwide are living with brain diseases and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases – we call this Progress in Mind.
Despite the challenges, Lundbeck remains steadfast in our commitment to deliver innovation that patients need. We work tirelessly to advance neuroscience, develop new and innovative treatments, and support patient communities – all with the aim of restoring brain health and transforming the lives of the millions of people living with a brain disease. Not only does the burden of brain diseases demand action now, it also demands expertise and courage. We know that to get radically different results, we need to pursue radically different approaches.
Our approximately 5,000 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing, and sales. Our pipeline consists of several R&D programs and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have research centers in Denmark and California and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France, and Italy.