Innovators’ Forum

The C4L Innovators’ Forum is a series of inspirational events where students, academia and industry meet, discuss and examine hot translational topics in various life sciences engineering domains and beyond. 

Every two months, speakers from industry, start-up, bodies etc will introduce the subject with 30min of presentation followed by an interactive QA session and round table discussion. 

As many of our graduates take up a job in industry, this Forum aims to discuss relevant subjects for students, PhD students, Postdocs and upcoming start-ups and guide toward a successful career in industry or as an entrepreneur.

Students are specially invited to join!

The latest edition

Advice from a life sciences recruiter giving you an edge in your job search

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 18:00 – 19:00
Hybrid Event: SV 1717 and Zoom

Speaker: Matt Beedle
Executive Partner at NonStop Consulting

Matt is a leading head hunter within the Swiss Pharmaceutical industry and has experience working with small start-ups and biotech’s to some of the big names like Moderna, Lonza and Novartis. In addition to this he runs a small YouTube channel and has over 12,000 followers on Linked-in. He’s passionate about helping people to understand how recruitment works and also is a big advocate for self improvement and personal development.

Hybrid Event: SV 1717 and Zoom

An introduction about how to generate the supporting scientific evidence of innovative nutrition and the role and capabilities of R&D scientists in that domain.

A lively discussion about how bio-engineers and life science graduates fit in the NIHS, and about skills that are most important for jobs, internships.

SPEAKER: Eline M. van der Beek, PhD, Head of Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS)

Via Zoom, 17:00 – 18:00

Discover Merck’s new approach to science and their research areas and discuss opportunities and ways of collaboration.

SPEAKER: Sven Pötzsch, Senior Innovation Manager at Merck Healthcare KGaA, Strategic Innovation (SI)

In his position as a Senior Innovation Manager at Merck Healthcare KGaA, Strategic Innovation (SI), Sven is responsible for the scouting, evaluating, and managing of strategic alliances with academic research institutions and other open innovation initiatives.

The main goal in these initiatives is to develop an inspiring and shared purpose that enables the Merck R&D teams to collaborate beyond internal borders and to expand our opportunities by collective innovation.

Prior to joining SI, Sven was a Lab Head and Scientific Manager at Central Analytics of Merck. In this role he was responsible for a broad quantitative bioanalytical support (LC-MS/MS) in a variety of Healthcare R&D and Life-Science related tasks like DMPK, Biomarker analytics and Metabolomics.

Sven is a chemist by training and holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry.

Via Zoom, 18:00 – 19:00

Explore the different careers and role types in the MedTech industry and discover how to effectively transition from your studies and academia to industry. In the highly interactive session, we will also approach the importance of Linkedn and other social media to find your dream job.

SPEAKER: Elena Kyria, Founder of Elemed, Europe’s leading MedTech technical recruiter

Elena Kyria is an award winning talent acquisition specialist, focused on professional branding and talent attraction in the EU medtech industry. Having worked with startups through to global corporations, Elena is well versed in the challenges associated with attracting and retaining talent. Elena began her career at the recruiting firm Huntress, where she was responsible for starting the medical device recruitment division. Today, she is the founder of Elemed, a boutique talent management agency uniquely positioned to help the Medtech industry reach candidates in the wake of the new regulations. Alongside Elemed, Elena is also a Linkedin all- star user and manages a thriving online community of over 6000 professionals. She also coaches and supports top talent on how to build a strong professional brand, to help maximise career possibilities. Elena is also passionate about supporting new talent entering the medtech industry, frequently giving talks to universities and associations such as the University of Cambridge and Medtech accelerator.


17:00 – 18:00

Setting Milestones in Medical Device Development
Ary Saaman, PhD, Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, Switzerland Chapter

18:00 – 19:00

Advances in Nanoimmunotherapies
Abraham J.P. Teunissen, PhD, Director of Radiochemistry, Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, United States