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What (biotech) Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Tesla

February 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Harlem Biospace
423 West 127th Street
New York,NY 10027

What (biotech) Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Tesla 

Wednesday, February 20th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Tesla faced many entrepreneurial challenges in his career. Tesla generously allowed Westinghouse to renegotiate a patent deal that enabled the financially strapped company to establish the electricity standard we rely on today. Tesla made it clear that being a great entrepreneur — one who commercialized a critical standard that powers innovation 125 years later — isn’t necessarily about the money. Tesla fought against adversity his entire career and forged a legacy.

Come here about how Tesla as influenced noted professor of biomedical engineering and medical science at Columbia University, Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic and the lessons other ground-breaking (biotech) entrepreneurs can learn from Tesla’s legacy.

Instructor and Moderator

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Gordana is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University. She directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. Her lab is a home to the Bioreactor Core of the NIH Tissue Engineering Resource Center. She leads bioengineering arm of the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative, and serves as a scientific director of the Columbia University Stem Cell Core, Craniofacial Regeneration Center, and Stem Cell Imaging Core. Gordana obtained a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Belgrade in Serbia where she stayed on faculty and became Full Professor in 1993. She was a Fulbright Fellow at MIT for one year. Upon moving to the USA in 1993, she spent twelve years at MIT, to join Columbia University in 2005. She has been a visiting professor in Israel, Netherlands, Serbia and several universities in the USA, adjunct professor at Tufts University, and a visiting scientist at MIT. The focus of her research is on engineering functional human tissues for regenerative medicine and study of development and disease. Among her many recognitions, she is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a founding Fellow of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society, a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, New York Academy of Science, Academia Europaea, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the National Academy of Engineering (on the Executive Committee of the Section for Bioengineering).