William Jorgensen - 2017 Global SPARK Workshop in Japan

18 August 2017





William Jorgensen

William Jorgensen


Congratulations to Postdoctoral Research Associate, William Jorgensen and his team, who placed third in the 2017 Global SPARK Biomedical-Innovation & Entrepreneurship Workshop held at the University of Tokyo Japan on the 11th of August. 34 of the world’s best young researchers come together over 10 days to participate in a rigorous training program with the end goal of fostering scientific innovation. William and his multi-disciplinary team had 9 days to devise, research, plan and develop a viable biomedical/pharmaceutical concept and pitch the idea to several knowledge investors & internationally renowned academics. Their idea was to develop enzyme inhibitors that could shield skin during radiation therapy and thus prevent radiation dermatitis – a problem occurring in 95% of all patients undergoing radiation therapy.

William is currently employed as an industry funded fellow working on the synthesis and development of CNS penetrant tubulin inhibitors for the treatment of glioblastoma – A very aggressive brain cancer. He is also involved in the genesis of a pharmaceutical spin-off company aimed at developing oxytocin circuit stimulators for the treatment of a range of neurological disorders.