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Better life science leadership with new education

Jens Nielsen BioInnovation Institute Board_member education programme

Superior boards of directors for life science start-ups should be the direct result of a new training programme launching in April 2022. The programme, “Boardwork and Corporate Governance for Life Science Start-Ups” is introduced by Copenhagen Science City-located incubator and accelerator programme BioInnovation Institute together with the Danish business university CBS.

Learning from the best

The better boards programme hopes to target life science start-up board directors, business owners and executives in biotech start-ups. Training in the programme will draw on the experiences of a faculty of high-profile persons in the life science industry and from start-up companies operating in the field.

Through learning from the knowledge gained by current executives and board members in start-ups, our goal is to tailor an education that can showcase and highlight models and tools regarding the board’s role, best practices, dilemmas and challenges. Ultimately, promoting value creation and sustainability in the life science industry”: Jens Nielsen, CEO at BioInnovation Institute.

Inspiring and challenging

During the education, the participants will take part in case-based learning processes in a peer-to-peer teaching format where professors, experienced chairs and board members will inspire and challenge participants on their experience, knowledge and considerations.

Not to be taken lightly

According to the BioInnovation Institute CEO, you should not underestimate the value of a great board member’s role in strengthening the life science ecosystem.

Based on data, we find that companies with professional boards are able to grow faster and bring forward better and more relevant market opportunities. It is crucial that life science start-ups have access to knowledge about the company governance system, risk management and board dynamics”: Jens Nielsen, CEO at BioInnovation Institute.

For those on boards and those who ought to be

The program is primarily offered to Danish and Nordic life science start-up board directors. However, it could also be relevant for venture capital managers, family offices, or life science advisors who already have a close connection to the life science start-up ecosystem.

Professors, chairs and advisors

Led by a world-class faculty team of six experienced professors, board chairs and advisors, participants will work with seven cases during a two day programme focusing on the most important issues and challenging tasks and dilemmas faced by the board of directors of life science start-ups.


The following persons are teaching during the education:

  • Jens Nielsen, CEO, BioInnovation Institute
  • Sten Verland, General Partner, Sunstone Life Science Ventures
  • Tom Jacobsgaard, CEO, Board Leadership Society and CBS Board Education
  • Henrijette Richter, Managing Partner, Sofinnova Partners
  • John Haurum, Synklino Chairman of the board, CatalYm GmbH
  • Steen Thomsen, Professor, Copenhagen Business School
  • Hans T. Schambye, President & CEO, Galecto, Inc.
  • Claus Olesen, CEO and Co-founder, STipe Therapeutics


The educational program will take place at CBS Board Education’s premises in Porcelænshaven at Frederiksberg. Learn more and sign up here…


April 27th & 28th 2022.