KAROLINA ZAPADKA

Head of Babraham Accelerator

Babraham Research Campus

Karolina joined the Babraham Research Campus in 2018 where she launched and successfully delivered the Accelerate@Babraham StartUP Competition and the first life science acceleration programme for early stage ventures with access to lab space in the Cambridge Cluster.

Karolina’s strong interest in life science entrepreneurship motivated her to join the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable in 2013 where she launched the OneStart competition. She then became a founding member and Chief of Staff at the Global Innovation Forum in 2014. This experience enabled her to develop strong relationships with various partners regionally, nationally and internationally – including investors, academic leaders, senior managers and CEO’s of biotech and big pharmaceutical companies.

Karolina is a highly experienced biotech business developer, biophysical science consultant and physical chemist. She started her career as a scientist in protein therapeutics stability at a leading biopharmaceutical company developing a portfolio of products to enable improved treatments for diabetes care. Karolina completed a PhD in Biophysics at the University of Cambridge and carried out her Postdoctoral work at AstraZeneca.