About Synapse Mentorship Program

The Synapse Mentorship Program is designed to help Life Science students develop their personal and professional skills by connecting them to a Mentor with a life science background from academia or industry.
The program runs from October 2022 to May 2023 during which each mentee-mentor pair will meet 4-6 times and work on several topics according to both of your schedules. The topics are flexible and are based on your specific needs, such as personal development or professional growth. 

Intertwined between your meetings, Synapse will organize multiple events, for both mentees and mentors, such as workshops and networking events. This will allow both mentees and mentors to expand their network and gain key tools to strengthen their profiles.

Are you ready for it?

 

Mentees

Becoming a mentee will allow you to explore your needs with your mentor. You can 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.

 

The mentor will be assigned to you depending on your interests, your personality, and your career goals. Synapse will take into consideration your motivational letter and your choice of 9 words that best describe yourself. We have already produced a list of words to choose from – which will be evident in the application form.

Mentors

Becoming a mentor will allow you to inspire the next generation of life science students, grow your professional network and gain valuable skills like coaching and leadership.

In addition to the one-to-one meetings with your mentee and the main events, Synapse organizes two events dedicated exclusively to mentors. During these events, you will be able to expand your professional network.

The mentee will be assigned to you depending on your interests, your personality, and your development goals. Synapse will take into consideration the motivational letters of the mentees and your choice of 9 words that best describe yourself. We have already produced a list of words to choose from – which will be available to you after the preliminary meeting.

Mentors of 2021/2022

Senior Specialist at Lundbeck

BEATRICE YANG

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.

Senior Consultant at Trustworks A/S

CHRISTIANE RUDOLPH

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.

Senior Science Manager at Novozymes

JESPER VIND

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.

Senior Data Scientist at Base Life Science

WILLIAM BULLOCK

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. 

 

Project & Outreach Manager at University of Copenhagen

SHELLEY JANE EDMUNDS

R&D Strategy and Portfolio Management Analyst at Novo Nordisk

CHRISTINA MILBO

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.

 

Owner of AbtBioConsult

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.

Regulatory Project Manager at Novo Nordisk

PEYTON CHEONG PHEY DENN

Project Manager at Novo Nordisk

NIELS TINGLEFF

Executive Assistant and Sustainability Manager at Novo Nordisk

SASHA TOLSTOY

Global RWE Manager at LEO Pharma

EVANGELOS TSITLAKIDIS

MD, PhD Fellow at Rigshospitalet

JACK XU

Project Manager at Herax

JONATHAN MAYER

CBO at Boost Pharma Aps

LASSE NØRREGAARD

CEO at Life Science Talent Solutions

SØREN SPANNER BACH

CTO at Dianox

CHRISTIAN CODE

Medical Advisor (Clinical Trials) at Novartis

MARIA MICHAELSEN

Medical Advisor (Clinical Trials) at Novartis

HELLEN VICTORY

Research Scientist at Novo Nordisk

LENA MARTIS

Clinical Project Manager at LEO Pharma

KAMILA LIPINSKA

R&D Project Manager at Harboe Brewery

VENKAT NARAYANAN

Senior Scientist at Evaxion Biotech

EMMA JAPPE

Our mentors work at

Lundbeck

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.

Trustworks

Chr. Hansen

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.

LEO Pharma

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.

Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is an independent Danish foundation with corporate interests. The Foundation has two objectives:
1) to provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities of the companies in the Novo Group (Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S)
2) to support scientific, humanitarian and social causes.

The history of the Foundation dates back to 1922, when Nobel Laureate August Krogh returned home to Denmark from Canada with permission to manufacture insulin in Scandinavia. This was the starting-point for developing world-class diabetes medicine and a Danish business and export venture. It also led to the establishment of several foundations that, many years later, merged into today’s Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has supported Synapse with a three year grant.

Herax

Novozymes

Novo Nordisk

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.

AbtBioConsult

BOOST Pharma

Base Life Science

University of Copenhagen

Novartis

Harboe Brewery

REBBLS

Evaxion Biotech

Rigshospitalet

Life Science Talent Solutions

Dianox

Become a mentee

Who can apply?

You are eligible to enter the program if:

  1. You are a 3rd-year Bachelor student or have at least one year left in your master’s program and you’re not going on exchange during the mentorship program.
  2. You are enrolled in a life science program at a university in the Copenhagen area (Lund University included).
  3. You are available for the kick-off event. The event will be held in Copenhagen on October 10th.

 

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 question):

  1. What is your motivation to become a mentee in the Synapse Mentorship Program?
  2. 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 9 words that best describe yourself. The words are about personality, interests and development goals. We will use these words to find the best match for you.

As we only have a limited number of mentors we will not be able to match all applicants. Remember that the Synapse Mentorship Program is not a way into the companies that our mentors represent.

 

Deadline

Apply through the link below - before 7th of September.

https://podio.com/webforms/27818412/2173588

Become a mentor

Who are we looking for?

You are eligible to enter the program if:

  1. You have a life science university degree 
  2. You have at least 1-2 years of work/academic experience in a Danish labour market
  3. You are willing to be engaged and share knowledge as well as experiences during the entire mentorship program
  4. You are available for the kick-off event. The event will be held in Copenhagen in mid-October.

 

How to contact us

If you are interested in joining the program, contact us at We will invite you to a preliminary meeting, during which we will provide you with all the information about the program and will assess your fit.

After the meeting, we will ask you to pick 9 words that best describe yourself. The words are about personality, interests and development goals. We will use these words to find the best match for you.

 

 

Deadline

The application deadline is August 15th 2022

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. 

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.   

Visit the KMP+ House of Mentoring website for more information. If you would like to book a meeting with a senior consultant to explore how mentoring could make a difference in your organisation, contact directly at info@kmpplus.com.

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.

The Synapse Mentorship program is supported by

KMP+ HOUSE OF MENTORING

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.

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

  1. Ensuring one approach, one common language and common understanding of mentoring in the organisation.
  2. Minimizing the cost of “trial and error”.
  3. State-of-the-art mentor/mentee-training with innovative, engaging and solid tools.
  4. Providing concepts and tools that motivate employees to invest in their own learning.
  5. 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.   

www.house-of-mentoring.com & www.house-of-mentoring.dk

Contact us at info@kmpplus.com if you would like to book a meeting with a senior consultant to explore how mentoring could make a difference in your organisation.

 

Tuborgfondet

In the Tuborg Foundation, we believe in the community. We support the entrepreneurs, the zealots and the agents of change. Those who bring more into the community expand the potential and pave the way for more young people to fulfill their dreams, be formed into working life and gain influence in society.