Category Archives: Past Cafes

SmB 49 – November 9th

On Thursday November 9th the last regular café of 2017 will be hosted! But fear not, on December 14th we will host a special café with a Sports theme including many exciting and of course sciency speakers; more info to follow shortly!

This month’s edition will be no less impressive as we have a grand line-up for you with lots of intriguing science, see the teasers below. As usual, it will take place at BioPartner. So join us and our speakers for an informative and inspirational discussion and networking!

Speakers

Scott Waitukaitis
Elastic Leidenfrost Effect

The Leidenfrost effect is well-known to the chef—splash a bit of water on a pan, and if it’s hot enough to cook a pancake, then the water magically glides above the surface rather than boiling. While commonly associated with liquids, it can also happen with stiff solids like dry ice. Inspired by a YouTube video, I’ve recently exposed a new type of Leidenfrost effect that occurs with vaporizable soft solids, e.g. hydrogels. Rather than hovering, such materials energetically bounce and release ear piercing screeching noises. This new physical phenomenon teaches us how to use soft materials to harness mechanical energy and may be useful applications like soft robotics and microfluidics

Peter Sijmons
Szienz 

Peter Sijmons is a Leiden Biosciencepark veteran, one of the first employees in the 2nd biotech company in the park 1986, he will give a short tour of his career in biotech and how he returned to the park with the software company Szienz. This bumpy tour will illustrate the futility of career planning and highlights entrepreneurial behaviour

Sylvestre Bonnet
Light-activatable metal-based anticancer drugs

Sylvestre Bonnet studies the coordination chemistry of metal complexes in biological and biomimetic environment. By combining inorganic synthesis and photochemistry he makes new light-activatable metal-based anticancer prodrugs for use as targeted anticancer agents with minimal side-effects.

Location & Time

17:00 walk-in, 17:30 start
BioPartner 1
J.H. Oortweg 21
2333 CH, Leiden
Please find directions here.

We’re happy to see you! Please let us know if you plan to do so.

RSVP NOW!

An impression of the Cafe

More photo’s can be found on Facebook.

SmB 48 – October 12th

On Thursday October 12th, we will host the seventh café of 2017. This month’s edition will be loaded with business with fascinating science as backbone, see our speaker announcements below for the low-down! As usual, it will take place at BioPartner. So join us and our speakers for an informative and inspirational discussion and networking!

Speakers

Joost Frenken
Leiden Probe Microscopy

Leiden Probe Microscopy BV develops tools for in situ surface science with a strong focus o n scanning probe microscopy and x-ray diffraction. Our products are used for in situ studies in the fields of thin film growth, surface chemistry, catalysis, chemical vapour deposition, and basic surface science.

Pieter Reitsma
VarmX

Factor Xa coagulants are taken by millions of patients world-wide for the prevention and treatment of thrombosis and stroke, but as a side effect severe bleeding often occurs. PseudoXa, the lead product of VarmX, is capable of stopping and preventing such bleedings thus making the usage of anticoagulants much safer.

Watse Sybesma
University of Utrecht

In my Ph.D. research the emphasis has been put on understanding features of non-relativistic quantum field theories at various coupling strengths. I have mainly been involved in the following two avenues of investigation, namely:

  • The bottom-up approach of the holographic duality (which relates problems in strongly coupled field theories to computations in general relativity)
  • Pure field theoretic computations and the consideration of hydrodynamics

Location & Time

17:00 walk-in, 17:30 start
BioPartner 1
J.H. Oortweg 21
2333 CH, Leiden
Please find directions here.

We’re happy to see you! Please let us know if you plan to do so.

RSVP NOW!

An impression of the Cafe

More photo’s can be found on Facebook.

SmB 47 – September 14th

On Thursday September 14th, we will host the sixth café of 2017.  This will be the first after the summer break and we look forward to get back to business! As usual, it will take place at BioPartner. So join us and our speakers for an informative and inspirational discussion and networking!

Speakers

SCIENCE STARTUP
Levels Diagnostics
(Blandine le Tallec)

  • It is estimated that a total number of 300 million people will die due to resistant bacteria by 2050.
  • Due to misdiagnosis, people return to doctorsmore often, increasing the total health costs.
  • Being unable to treat common infections with antibiotics may turn a simple UTI into a potentially life threatening disease

Our solution is a rapid diagnostic tool that allows medical healthcare professionals to assess the nature of an infectious disease. Our disposable and affordable tool will provide an accurate diagnosis within minutes. OUR GOAL: Reduce antibiotics usage, and improve diagnosis everywhere in the world.

BIG BUSINESS
Good Biomarker Sciences
(Dimitar Tasev)

As a GCLP-certified CRL we provide services like analytical support, research support and consultation for your studies.

Good Biomarker Sciences (GBS Leiden) provides fit-for-purpose analytical services. GBS Leiden scientists are specialized in haemostasis, and immunomodulation with a focus on functional assays. We offer scientific and analytical support for clinical trials, population studies and pre-clinical drug development. Our methods provide continuity through pre-clinical and clinical studies to accelerate drug development.

AWESOME SCIENCE
The Allan Lab
(Milan Allan)

Allan scrutinizes quantum materials by looking at the ‘melting’ of electrons with an STM microscope. Physicists consider electrons in a material as an electronic liquid that can be frozen or molten.

When molten, the liquid conducts electricity, but when frozen, it will block any currents. Certain materials have both frozen and molten parts in their electronic liquid. This interplay between molten and frozen is thought to define the exotic properties of quantum materials, including the property of being able to conduct electricity without resistance, which would benefit society tremendously.

Location & Time

17:00 walk-in, 17:30 start
BioPartner 1
J.H. Oortweg 21
2333 CH, Leiden
Please find directions here.

We’re happy to see you! Please let us know if you plan to do so.

RSVP NOW!

An impression of the Cafe

More photo’s can be found on Facebook.

SmB Cafe + annual BBQ | June 8th

It’s time for our annual BBQ again!

PRESENTATIONS  |  DRINKS  |  FOOD  | NETWORKING  |  INTERNSHIPS

 

Science meets Business (SmB) and Science Based Business (SBB) teamed up again for this special and yummy event, where we invite SBB alumni as our speakers, to not only get an insight into interesting science based companies and their work and/or research, but also into the career of the speakers, which started out the same way as a lot of our attending students.

Learn, get inspired, network, enjoy and especially for the business interested science students: find an internship! Representatives from interesting and relevant companies will be present to talk to, ask questions and maybe even get a follow-up with. But only if you want to! Otherwise you can just only enjoy the cafe and catch-up with those you have chatted with before at SmB or SBB.

(Note: This event is for all people interested Science meets Business and Science Based Business, our regulars, our ‘Club’, students, PhD’s, sponsors and so on. No-one is excluded because of this ‘special theme’.)

Speakers & Sponsors

Three SBB and Faculty of Science alumni will be presenting their career after SBB and what science in business they are practicing. Among these are

Main sponsors: Science Based Business | QuintilesIMS

 

SponsorsKplusV | Northpool | Sigma Aldrich by Merck | DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals

Timetable

17:00 – Walk-in
17:30 – Start presentations
18:30 – Drinks & Walk-in BBQ
19:00 – Opening BBQ
19:15 – A word by sponsors

Location

BioPartner 1 (Foyer and garden)
J.H. Oortweg 21
2333 CH Leiden

Preparation

Rain dances.
We accept a lot except for rain.*

*We will be lenient and have tents in case the rain dances fail, though. 

Want to join?

The event is free, but on RSVP basis only.
No RSVP == No Food (unless there are leftovers of course).

Note:
The Cafe and BBQ are full… 🙁
There are still spots for the BBQ! 🙂

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SmB 45 – May 11th 2017

On Thursday May 11th, we will host the fourth café of 2017. As usual, it will take place at BioPartner. So join us and our speakers for an informative and inspirational discussion and networking!

Programme

Vincent Ulmer – From Japan studies via Linguistics to Chat bots (BotBoys)Vincent Ulmer

Having a background in Japan studies (BA) and Theoretic cognitive linguistics (MA), Vincent Ulmer now is a chatbots entrepreneur that has been accepted in the Rockstart Accelerator programme. To what extent does he use his study and research? What is the role of a humanities researcher leading a software company?

Tijmen Blankevoort – Enabling anyone to teach an AI (Scyfer)Tijmen Blankevoort

Scyfer is creating the next generation of Artificial Intelligence applications. Our AI enables anyone to teach it by simple interaction, making intelligence broadly accessible in many different industries. We bring together the best European experts in machine learning to solve real business challenges. Clients include TATA Steel, ING, Ahold Delhaize, ABN Amro, Akzo Nobel, and many more.

Tijmen Blankevoort is co-founder and CTO of Scyfer, a spin-off company of th
e University of Amsterdam specialized in bringing Artificial Intelligence to business. Tijmen bridges the gap between complex AI developments and practical applications in the business world by working towards his vision: Enabling anyone to teach an AI.

Henk Hoekstra – The dark side of the Universe (Leiden Observatory)Henk Hoekstra

We have made tremendous progress in measuring the basic properties of the Universe. However, this has not led to a better understanding: most of the matter is believed to be invisible and the biggest puzzle of all is the observation that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. This is, however, exciting as we know that are discoveries to be made. Many ideas have been developed, but better measurements are needed. A major step forward will be Euclid, an ESA mission designed to study the dark side of the Universe. Dr. Hoekstra presents the challenges we face, and how we plan to address these. With this research, Dr. Hoekstra was awarded the prestigious Vici grant.

Location

BioPartner 1
J.H. Oortweg 21
2333 CH, Leiden
Please find directions here.

We’re happy to see you! Please let us know if you plan to do so.

RSVP NOW!

An impression of the Cafe

More photo’s can be found on Facebook.