Interested to take a deep dive into the academia-industry interface at and&? You have an excellent guide. Christian Tidona is a biotech entrepreneur and founder of the BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg, Germany. This is a new collaboration model at the interface between academia and industry. Here, distinguished early-career scientists from all over the world work jointly on novel pre-clinical research projects in the fields of biomedicine, molecular biology, cell biology and diagnostics.
These interdisciplinary project teams conduct outstanding biomedical research in an open-innovation lab facility on the campus of the University of Heidelberg. Under the guidance of experienced mentors from academia and industry, they are expanding their scientific network while receiving training in entrepreneurship and leadership. Each team is sponsored by a corporate pharmaceutical or biotech partner of BioMed X. After a fully funded project term, successful projects are internalized into the development pipeline of the respective pharma partner.
Tidona studied molecular biology and received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. Throughout his entire professional life, his focus has always been on fostering innovation at the interface between academia and industry. He is co-founder of the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Leuven, Maastricht, Copenhagen, and Heidelberg. Tidona is chairman of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN) and member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He’s married and the father of two children.