Your Drugs are Average | Cinzia Silvestri | TEDxGhent

We are all different in unique ways, yet most modern treatments ignore individuals’ genetic variations. People from different ethnicities, gender, ages are often limited to take drugs based on a genetic set that is entirely different from their own. What if we could have the perfect medicine for each person? Unfortunately, biologists are missing accurate tools to handle that diversity. In Bi/ond, we create that tool. As a microelectronics engineer, that tool couldn’t be different than what I was used to -a computer chip – where biologists can insert patient tissues. Those tissues are nourished, stimulated, and monitored by the chip, like in the human body. In this environment, it will be possible to test drugs on your cells, making sure they have the desired effect on you. Our technology is part of a sophisticated innovation chain that includes advanced stem-cell technology and big data processing automation technologies. But innovation is just a component. If we want to bring diversity, inclusion, and equity in healthcare, we will need policymakers, researchers, patients, entrepreneurs, investors to join this revolution. Cinzia believes that as every person is unique, our medicine should reflect that as well. She is a resilient and creative entrepreneur who brings real and inclusive innovation to society by applying her passion and knowledge in microelectronics. She is the founder and CEO of Bi/ond, a deep-tech company that empowers diversity in biological studies by engineering microchips. Before going “Bi/ond”, she did her Ph.D. in microelectronics at the prestigious Technical University of Delft. During her academic experience, she realized that her mission is to shorten the distance between academics and industry. Cinzia strongly believes that entrepreneurial role models are needed. She built up a diverse and multidisciplinary team to address the significant challenges in the Organ-on-Chip field. In 2018, she was named one of the 50 most inspiring women in Italy’s technology sector (InspiringFifty – Italy). Thanks to her vision, Bi/ond has been included in the Fund Right Initiative both as a women-lead company and diversity in the team. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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