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UMN Start Codon summer school success

Start Codon was delighted to host students from the University of Minnesota (UMN) Carlson School of Management for their Valuation Laboratory Summer School in Cambridge.

Along with a group of EU students, they spent two weeks working with four of Start Codon’s portfolio companies to conduct rapid market assessments. They then presented their findings and insights back to the companies and the Start Codon Team at the end of the second week.

The UK Life Sciences Community came together to welcome the participants, meaning they got to visit brilliant institutions and meet inspiring people. Start Codon and UMN would like to thank the Mayo Clinic Healthcare, The Crick Institute, Babraham Research Campus, Sanger Wellcome Trust, Cambridge University Health Partners and Astra Zeneca for enhancing the students’ experience by opening their doors.

Stephen Parente, from MNU said: “Words like ‘fantastic’ and ‘brilliant’ have become understatements for the success of our inaugural Cambridge Global Medical Valuation Laboratory programme with the incredible leadership of Start Codon and the Medical Industry Leadership Institute. Inventors, students, hosts and faculty are still recovering from the high of executing this intense ‘play hard but work harder’ international health entrepreneur programme. With a successful launch behind us, we are already planning for a grand return in 2024.

“Much gratitude to the original ‘matchmakers’ for this engagement, especially Governor Tim Walk and the State of Minnesota trade office's Fall 2021 UK visit, without which this global venture would not have been possible.”

Jason Mellad, Start Codon CEO and Co-Founder added: “The level of detail the students went into in their market assessments and their commitment to the projects we provided was outstanding. The range of skills, knowledge and experience they brought into our portfolio companies through this engagement was impressive, and we can’t wait to do it all again.

“We’re also incredibly grateful to all the organisations across the Life Sciences ecosystem who supported the programme; this undoubtedly enriched the overall experience for the students during their time with us.”