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Women bio-entrepreneurs

Cambridge Judge alumna Jelena Aleksic has been named as a rising star in the BioBeat 50 Movers and Shakers Report, which identifies women who are challenging the status quo to bring new strategies and creativity to the global healthcare industry.

Jelena Aleksic

Jelena Aleksic

The report was launched ahead of the BioBeat15: Translating Genomics into Biobusiness conference which took place on 20 November. The one-day conference brought together female leaders in the bio industry, to explore the challenges and successes in starting and growing a biotech business. The Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship Centre is a supporting partner of the conference and initiative BioBeat.

Jelena founded GeneAdviser in 2014 to improve access to genetic diagnostics for rare diseases. She is also the Director of TReND in Africa, which is helping to boost capacity in natural sciences across Africa by training researchers in genetics and computational biology.

After completing the EnterpriseWISE course at Cambridge Judge, she was inspired to develop her venture before continuing on to the Accelerate Cambridge programme at the School. Dr Shima Barakat of Cambridge Judge said: “It is a testament to the synergies being created within and beyond Cambridge Judge that women who started on EnterpriseWISE (a women only enterprise programme for STEM women) and progressed through Accelerate Cambridge get recognised by BioBeat.”

Commenting on the report, Dr Barakat continues: “To grow the economy, make an impact on the world and respond to the rapid changes in the biosector, we need movers and shakers with a diversity of skills, experience, and mind-set. This report highlights 50 women who represent just that. BioBeat is an excellent forum where successful women are presented, showing the variety of career paths and achievements.”