ScienceBEAT 2023
September 7–10, 2023 - Ljubljana, Lendava

ScienceBEAT is an exceptional scientific and professional event, aimed at outstanding students of natural sciences and business from Slovenia and abroad. It enables young talents to enter a global network of professional excellence in science and entrepreneurship.

Why attend?

ScienceBEAT is an invaluable experience for accomplished students and young professionals at the beginning of their career path. Participants are going to:

  • get a unique insight into the trends and challenges of the modern pharmaceutical industry;
  • feel the pulse of a global pharmaceutical company, the leader in the development and production of biosimilars and generic pharmaceuticals;
  • have an exceptional opportunity to network, as well as gain invaluable knowledge and professional insight from world-renowned scientists and innovative entrepreneurs;
  • gain practical experience with collaborative work on a pharmaceutical-business challenge and an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills;
  • obtain a comprehensive experience that complements professional content with knowledge about local culture, well-being, mindfulness, and personal growth;
  • receive access to a global network of experts and career opportunities in an agile and inspiring business environment that is based on inclusion, equity, and diversity.

Who are we looking for?

The event is intended for perspective natural sciences and business students in their last year of undergraduate, as well as master's, doctoral and postdoctoral studies from Slovenia and abroad.

We will select 30 participants from the applicant pool. We are looking for the most outstanding individuals from various backgrounds and academic disciplines to bring diversity and excellence to the event and shape the future with us.

The event will be held in English, so fluency in the English language is required.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications expired on June 18, 2023.

Candidates will be notified of the selection by email in early July 2023.

Key speakers

Sir Paul Nurse

Renowned British geneticist and cell biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for his ground-breaking research on the cell cycle. He is currently the Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London, which is one of the world's leading biomedical research centers.

Nurse obtained his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of East Anglia in 1973. He has held various academic positions, including the President of the Rockefeller University in New York, the Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, and the President of the Royal Society.

Nurse's research has focused on understanding the fundamental processes that control the growth and division of cells. He has made significant contributions to the field of genetics and has published numerous papers in leading scientific journals. In addition to his Nobel Prize, he has received numerous other honors, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the Royal Society's Copley Medal.

Andy Baynes

Former Apple, Nest and Google executive, entrepreneur, and product design and innovation specialist.

Baynes built Nest’s Business Development division and, starting with the revolutionary smart Nest Learning Thermostat, established a channel of over one hundred enterprise partners. This propelled Nest towards acquisition by Google and made it the world’s most recognized brand for energy efficiency and smart home technology.

Previously, he was the Director of Environmental Technologies at Apple, working closely with Steve Jobs, where he founded the industry’s first product design strategy for environmental excellence.

Baynes has over 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics and IT sector. He has patented several innovations and published articles on design and innovation, environmental product design, and energy efficiency. He advises and invests in early-stage technology companies and lectures at top universities. In 2010, he received the 2010 GEELA Award for Environmental Design excellence.



The first part of the program will take place in Ljubljana, where participants will visit the Development Center Slovenia, Sandoz's leading development center for the development of technologically demanding products, as well as the Aseptics unit, where around 70 different products and 500 finished products are filled into sterile ampoules and vials intended for global markets.


The second part of the program will take place in Prekmurje. Participants will visit our Lendava site, where the production of anti-infectives and the packaging of final pharmaceutical forms is carried out. They will listen to lectures and engage in group work, focusing on finding a business solution for a real-life pharmaceutical challenge.

Organizing team

Jure Vajs
Head of Strategic Programs, Lek

ScienceBEAT brings together the best the world has to offer in science and entrepreneurship. It offers young talents a unique platform to network, learn from distinguished scientists and entrepreneurs pushing boundaries in their respective fields, and participate in stimulating discussions and activities. Join us and feel the beat of science!

Tea Vizjak Kvas
Strategic Programs, Lek

Excellence, dedication, and passion are the qualities of world's most successful and innovative scientists and entrepreneurs. Let them inspire and encourage you to realize your full potential - become part of the first generation of ScienceBEAT participants.

Kim Christina Koritnik
Senior Communications Manager, Lek

Participate in the ScienceBEAT event and feel the beat that will resonate in the pharmaceutical industry as the most modern rhythm of the future! ScienceBEAT is more than a top scientific event; it is an invaluable experience for all outstanding talents and an excellent opportunity at the beginning of their career path.