Vienna BioCenter Industry Insights

Next event:


27th May 2024

IMP Lecture Hall

At the Vienna BioCenter, our Industry Insights initiative aims to build bridges between academia and industry

The Vienna BioCenter is a hub for biological research, setting students and postdoctoral scientists on a path to academia and beyond. In addition to an established interest in academia on campus, there is also a strong desire to learn about the diverse and numerous career paths that lie outside of basic research.

We aim to meet this demand, and to build bridges within the scientific environment:

Connecting academia and companies through tailored events, including company presentations and dedicated networking sessions. In this way, we hope to provide a perfect setting for our VBC community to gain an insider's glance to the dynamic world of industry, from big challenges and opportunities to the daily work environment, and at the same time corroborate the reputation of the VBC as a leading biology research center in Europe. 


The events involve a presentation or workshop led by company representatives, followed by a dedicated networking session.

Next Event

Join us for our next VBCII event hosting Merck!

We will be joined by:

  • Dr Shashi Jasty | Chief of Staff to the Chief Science & Technology Officer
  • Dr Stephanie Linker | Computational Scientist

Shashi and Stephanie will share their personal career journeys and insights, and give an overview of the R&D and pharmaceutical industries.

Their presentation will be followed by Q&A and a networking session with drinks and snacks provided.

This will be a great opportunity to connect with and learn from Merck professionals!

Sign-up here 

Event Timing: 17:00, 27 May 2024
Event Location: IMP Lecture Hall, Vienna BioCenter 

Event Archive

Join us for our next event with BioNTech R&D Austria!

BioNTech’s mission is to improve human health worldwide by developing new immunotherapies for a range of diseases from COVID-19 and cancer to malaria and tuberculosis. 

We will be joined by:

  • Dr Lorenzo Corsini | Managing director and co-founder of PhagoMed Biopharma
  • Vera Oberbauer | PhD student

Our speakers will share their personal career journeys and insights. This is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from BioNTech professionals! 

22 April 2024, 17:00

Event Location: IMP Lecture Hall, Vienna BioCenter

Get first insights into the work of Kearney, one of the leading management consulting firms in the world. Find out why it is particularly exciting for STEM graduates to work in consulting, and ask your questions to the three Kearney representatives from the Vienna office: Thomas Solich, Andreas Taschner, and Dr. Sebastian Bichelmaier. They will also provide more details on the application process and present a case for you to get a sense of how they work at Kearney and what to expect in the job interview.

  • Event Timing: 17:00, 29th January 2024
  • Event Location: IMP Lecture Hall, Vienna BioCenter

Taking cutting edge science to the people - From lab bench to wearing the founder hat 

An open discussion and office hours with the Wilbe Team on what it means to take the path of science entrepreneurship: from spinning out to getting your first customer and raising capital. 

  • Speakers:
    • Devika Thapar | Co-founder, Wilbe
    • Thejas Nagaraju | Associate, Wilbe
    • Fritz Diorico | Wilbe Fellow and Founder, Tulon
    • Alok Javali | Wilbe Fellow and Founder, Dawn Bio
  • Date:
    • 19.10.2023 | Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna

The Team

The VBC Industry Insights team currently consists of six student members. The founders and main coordinators are Chris, Marie and Max. Sumire handles the team’s social media accounts, Andri manages the website and Jamie is responsible for accounting. All team members come from different VBC institutes, reflecting the cross-institutional character of the initiative.


Hi, I am Chris and the co-founder of the VBCII. I am currently pursuing my PhD in pediatric brain tumor modeling using human brain organoids. A fun fact about me is that I am a passionate kitesurfer always looking for the next stormy wind.


Hi, I'm Marie! I am one of the co-founders of VBCII. I studied Molecular Biology and Clinical Research in Vienna. My PhD focuses on early embryonic development of the lateral plate mesoderm using organoids. Fun fact: I am a plant nerd and have more than 100 exotic plants at home!


I’m Max - a PhD student working on chromatin in the lab of Daniel Gerlich. When I’m not at the microscope, I’ll either be cycling up and down the hills around Vienna, or on my way to choir practice.



Hi! I’m Sumi, I’m from Australia, and am currently doing my PhD in biochemistry/structural biology. I am investigating the uncharacterised protein MAST1, which is implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders. A fun fact about me is I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 1 minute.


Hi, I’m Andri! I studied Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Obenauf lab and my main focus is understanding the mechanisms that drive metastasis in osteosarcoma. Fun fact: I grew up by the sea and I’m a very good swimmer.


Hi, I'm Jamie. I studied molecular biology at Sydney University, and now, I'm building new technologies to better understand brain development in the Knoblich lab. I'll step away from the bench at any chance if there's a good game of cricket on or to get around the latest crossfit workout of the day to keep my pipetting arm strong!


Webmaster: Christopher Robinson (Marketing & Events Manager, Vienna BioCenter Scientific Training Unit)