These science and healthcare listmakers are inventing the future from the atom up.
Can healthtech companies increase access to medical care for people in marginalized communities? For Jesaja Brinkmann, the answer is a resounding yes. During his medical school studies, Brinkmann realized that combining healthcare and technology can help tackle some of the injustices of healthcare, including the subpar treatment that many patients with chronic disease often receive. Brinkmann is now the cofounder and co-CEO of Cara Care, a digital therapeutics company that helps patients with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome live a healthier life through dietary guidance, symptom tracking and mental health interventions. The Berlin-based startup takes a holistic approach to treating the whole person, and has raised more than $11 million in funding to date.
Brinkmann is just one of the many entrepreneurs and scientists on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Healthcare and Science list. These researchers, innovators and business leaders are changing the world with everything from new cancer treatments to artificial intelligence. The list includes talented people working within Europe, as well as Europeans who have taken their skills to all corners of the world.
Like Brinkmann, several of this year’s other listmakers are also blending healthcare and technology. Laurence Bargery, the cofounder of accuRx, has created a healthcare communication program that is integrated with 99% of general practitioners in England, making it easier for patients to communicate with their health team. Tremaine Richard-Noel, meanwhile, is helping the U.K.’s National Health Service revamp its use of robotic automation.
Other listmakers are delving even deeper into applications of artificial technology and machine learning. Mariane Melo is the Chief Medical Officer of Dem Dx, where she uses artificial intelligence to help frontline healthcare workers improve their triage systems. Yannis Assael, a senior research scientist at Google DeepMind, looks at how artificial intelligence can improve communication, from lip-reading to restoring ancient Greek texts. Meanwhile, researcher Antoine Bosselut examines whether AI systems can learn common sense.
Still other listmakers are using their smarts to come up with cutting-edge solutions to climate change. Research scientist Sreya Ghosh is improving the genetic resilience of crops in the face of climate change, while Emma Mamisoa Nomena, a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, develops new, waste-friendly biomaterials. Assistant professor Charlotte Vogt is making catalytic reactions used in chemical manufacturing more climate-friendly. And Fionn Ferreira, the youngest member of this year’s list at 20 years old, is scaling up his process that uses oil and magnetic powder to remove microplastics from water.
As the Covid-19 pandemic moved across the globe, several listmakers pivoted their work to address different aspects of the pandemic. Academic physician Daniel Pan was part of the first group to raise concerns that the Covid-19 pandemic was disproportionately impacting minority groups, who often had worse outcomes from the virus than white patients. And assistant professor Rebecca Webster helped the U.K. government better understand the psychological impact of long-term quarantines.
These are only a few of the incredible people on this year’s list. Be sure to read up on all of them.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Science and Healthcare list was created using nominations from a variety of sources and was reported and edited by Leah Rosenbaum and Katie Jennings. The expert judges for this category were Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA); Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); Andreas Wicki, CEO of HBM Healthcare Investments AG; and Krittika D’Silva, a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a former Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe alumna. Thank you to them and everyone who nominated candidates.