Simcha Jong Kon Chin
Professor of Science-based business
Simcha Jong is a full Professor and Director of Science Based Business at Leiden University. Simcha previously held faculty appointments at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (visiting) and at the UCL School of Management where he still is a Visiting Professor.
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. Simcha received funding from major UK 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.
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.
PhD and Postdoctoral researchers from Simcha’s group moved on to academic positions in management and science policy, at Warwick Business School, Georgia Tech, National Taiwan University, SPRU, Middlesex University, and UCL.
- Visiting Professor