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Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural celebrations for new SBB Chair

Date
Monday 14 November 2016
Time
Location
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Room
Great Auditorium

Please join SBB on November 14th, for the inaugural celebrations marking the establishment of a new chair in Science Based Business by the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. Simcha Jong will kick off the celebrations with his oration titled ‘Where Science meets Business’ at 16:15 in het Groot Auditorium of the Academiegouw on Rapenburg 73 in Leiden. The oration will be followed by a reception at the Faculty Club.

The establishment of the new Chair reflects the commitment of the Faculty of Science to its research and teaching programs in technology management and entrepreneurship.  The remit of the new Chair will be to forge collaborations across research groups of the Faculty of Science, LUMC, the Leiden BioScience Park, and beyond to advance scholarship in the area of technology management and entrepreneurship. In addition, the Chair will oversee an expansion of the portfolio of management courses for Leiden’s science students.

Please register here to attend the inaugural lecture which is followed by a reception at the Faculty Club.

About Science Based Business at the Leiden Faculty of Science

Science Based Business (SBB) spans science, medicine and business, focusing on areas such as technology management, innovation, entrepreneurship, operations and decision making. SBB fuses business scholarship with technology and industry engagement. Our programs forge strong relationships to other groups within the Faculty of Science and LUMC, and center on major societal needs.  SBB currently offers two MSc specialisations and a BSc minor for students from the Leiden Faculty of Science and LUMC.

About Simcha Jong

Simcha joined Leiden University in 2016 as Professor and Director of Science Based Business. He is responsible for developing new research, teaching, and outreach activities in management for the Faculty of Science. Simcha was previously a visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a member the Global Health Systems cluster at Harvard. He also was an Assistant Professor at the UCL School of Management and the faculty chair of the UCL Healthcare Management Initiative.

Simcha’s research group studies innovation processes in science-based industries, and the changing dynamics governing academic work. Moreover, Simcha has led a range of research projects in the field of healthcare management and innovation funded by funding bodies such as Innovate UK, ESRC, NESTA, NIHR, and BIS, as well as various industry partners for projects examining business development strategies for science-based firms, and the commercialisation of disruptive cell therapy and personalised medicine technologies. In 2015-16, Simcha was a member of The Lancet Commission on Diabetes Care in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Simcha has a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, an MPhil in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge (first class honours with distinction level), and a BA in Social Science from Utrecht University’s University College (cum laude). In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Simcha’s research has been published in leading international scientific and management journals, including Nature Biotechnology, Research Policy, and Industrial and Corporate Change. Simcha was elected Honorary Cambridge University European Trust Scholar, was awarded the first prize in the PRIME Early Career Competition, a DIME WP European Framework Grant for qualitative research on university entrepreneurship, a Georgia Tech Science and Technology policy conference early career prize, and an Academy of Management OB Most Innovative Student paper award.

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