Today, the Slush 2017 speaker line-up gets an exciting addition as we welcome Arvind Gupta, the man behind IndieBio, to Helsinki in November.
As a General Partner at SOSV, a $150M VC fund, in 2015 Arvind Gupta founded IndieBio, the world’s largest seed biotech accelerator. IndieBio funds startups that have the potential to impact over a billion people or address markets worth at least a billion dollars.
IndieBio companies include for example Memphis Meats, a startup that develops real meat from animal cells without needing to feed, breed and slaughter animals; Catalog that harnesses DNA to store the world’s data; and Qidni that works on the world’s first artificial, implantable kidney.
Arvind has opened the importance of filling the void between biology and entrepreneurship: “We’re finding a third way for biologists to change the world. It’s very hard to change the world when the only directions available in biology are academia and the pharmaceutical industry. I think being able to quickly work on your ideas is a really important part of the ecosystem that was missing and we’re looking to fill in.”
Before moving to SOSV and IndieBio, Arvind has gained significant experience in the field of design. He has worked for IDEO, and as a design director he led the team behind the Samsung Galaxy Curve, ensured eight patents, and received various international design awards.
At Slush 2017, we’re going to hear about the combination of Arvind’s two passions, as he talks about designing science to bridge the gap between academia and entrepreneurship.