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Bioentreprenuership alumnus Magnus Willem Meyer combines science and business

KI Alumnus Magnus Willem Meyer Photo: Patrik Lindén

Magnus Willem Meyer, an alumnus of the Bioentrepreneurship Master's Programme at Karolinska Institutet (KI), has successfully combined his passion for science and business. During his Bachelor's studies in Aarhus, Denmark, he co-founded a start-up called LactaPure, which sparked his interest in the entrepreneurial side of medical science. Recognizing the potential of the Bioentrepreneurship program at KI to further his goals, Magnus decided to pursue his Master's there due to the program's practical nature and the institute's renowned reputation in medical research.

During his time at KI, Magnus had access to excellent lectures, inspiring guest speakers, and engaging projects. The program provided hands-on experiences through company visits and practical placements, equipping him with the skills necessary for the post-graduation world. He particularly cherished his involvement in the Business Committee, where he organized events connecting students with life science companies and built a valuable network.

After graduating from KI, Magnus secured a position as a graduate fellow in the New Product Planning team at Lundbeck, a Danish pharmaceutical company specializing in CNS-related diseases. His role involves planning and strengthening the early pipeline for new products from scientific and commercial perspectives. He also contributes to assessing potential acquisitions and other business development opportunities for Lundbeck. Magnus is set to rotate to other departments within Lundbeck, including Global Market Access and Global Brand teams.

For his career, Magnus aims to expand his knowledge of CNS disease areas, develop new treatments, and navigate the interface between science and business in the life science industry. He also envisions gaining experience in NGOs, regulatory bodies, industry bodies, and other relevant organizations.

Magnus advises students to have a vague idea of their field of interest after graduation and start researching opportunities early on. He encourages arranging meetings with professionals in different fields to learn from their experiences. While it's not necessary to have a clear career path, being proactive and open-minded can help shape one's trajectory in the job market. Additionally, when applying for positions, understanding the current status and direction of the organization can highlight how one can contribute effectively.