Erik Gatenholm, founder and president of Cellink, the world’s first bio-ink company. Erik started his own biotech business at age 18, and at 25 exited with $250k. Listen as Erik and Nathan talk biotech, getting investors on board, and why Erik went back to college after his first business.
Favorite Book? – No Logo
What CEO do you follow?— Peter Thiel
What is your favorite online tool?— Strikingly
Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Absolutely not
If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?— Things don’t really work the way people think they do. Keep your vision strong and trust your gut.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
01:00 – Nathan’s introduction
01:38 – Welcoming Erik to the show
01:40 – Erik’s first biotech company, started at age 18
03:05 – How to successful exit a company you founded
04.20 – Erik sold his shares for over $250k—a boatload of cash for a 25 year old
05:02 – Why Erik went for a Masters degree despite having enjoyed entrepreneurial success
07.05 – Talking about the origins of Cellink
08.20 – Started based on a product developed by Erik’s father
08:36 – They pay a monthly licensing fee of several thousand $
10:08 – Currently raising around $200k for trials via convertible note
10.30 – Discussion of convertible notes
11.55 – How bio-printing works
12.22 – Hope to print organs for medical patients
13:58 – Ink for printing is a patented hydrogel that mimics human tissue
14:50 – dream is to have a ‘A bioprinter in every lab’
15:00 – Each unit sells for around $5000
16:00 – Total 2016 revenue: $4 million
17:50 – Famous Five
3 Key Points:
Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to do your own thing.
If you’re working with specialists, it’s worth going back to study.
Find a partner whose skills complement your own.
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