Benjamin Simona was born in Lugano (Switzerland) in 1986. He obtained a BSc in Life Sciences and Technologies from EPFL (Switzerland) in 2008 and a MSc in Materials Sciences from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2010. In 2010 he conducted his MSc thesis and worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London in the laboratory of Prof. Molly Stevens (UK) on the subject of peptide coatings of gold nanoparticles for interaction studies with lipid membranes. In 2015 he obtained the PhD from ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. János Vörös (Laboratory of Biosensors and Bioelectronics). During his doctoral work, he used various surface-sensitive techniques and mass spectrometry to study the nature and function of blood coagulation factors in proximity of electrodes. He co-invented electrochemical methods to locally control (at a microscale) the enzymatic polymerization of synthetic hydrogels. These inventions constituted the technological ground of Ectica Technologies AG, the spin-off company he co-founded in 2015 and that he has been leading since then. Ectica Technologies is based in Zurich and is dedicated to develop, manufacture and market specialty polymers and hydrogel tools for advanced cell-based assays. These advanced assays are used for research and drug discovery primarily in the oncology field.

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