GapSummit was the world’s first global and inter-generational leadership summit in Biotechnology, being hosted at the University of Cambridge, UK in 2014.

GBR’s flagship event is the GapSummit. It is the world’s first global inter-generational leadership summit in biotechnology, whose mission is to inspire and engage the next generation of leaders. 100 future young bio-leaders from across the world will be selected to discuss issues in biotechnology with current biotech think-tanks, industrial leaders and research pioneers. The summit asks them to challenge the current state of the global bio-economy, and consider grand challenges that the field will need to address by 2050. During the three days, current leaders had the opportunity to share experiences and challenges, debate with future leaders, and project their vision of the future of biotechnology.

The first two days of the GapSummit 2014 were centered around panel debates and keynote speeches with an emphasis on audience participation. Speakers included Dr Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche; Bahija Jallal, Head of MedImmune and Executive VP at AstraZeneca; and Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General at the European Commission, amongst others.

The third day had a clear focus on the interaction between young bio-leaders themselves. During the voices of tomorrow competition  the young bio-leaders joined small teams and worked on solutions for some of the most pressing challenges in biotechnology.

Participants of the GapSummit 2014 had also been asked to propose ideas on how to use biotechnology to address the world’s most pressing challenges. We received a large number of entries which had a high overall standard. Four finalists were intensively reviewed again by a jury of industrial and academic experts.

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the Voices of Tomorrow Award:

First place: ONCOLINX
Joint first runner up: Healx3 and Mandala Genomics
Second runner up: Expats for Impact.

The winning team will get a £2,000 cash prize and the top three teams will receive coaching from McKinsey and Company. All top 4 teams will receive individual judges feedback.

Please find extended information about the GapSummit 2014 on the events website or find press releases, full talks, interviews and impressions on the media site.