Erik Gatenholm

Speaker Erik Gatenholm
Co-Founder and CEO, CELLINK
  • Featured in Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 ranking (2018)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Country of Sweden (2016)
  • Innovator of the Year, by Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer (2016)
  • Shortcut Magazine’s 100 Under 40 (2016)
  • Within 10 months of launching, CELLINK was listed on Nasdaq First North with a valuation of $16.8M

Erik is also quite musical. He spent most of his youth in bands, and two years ago he got signed by a Dutch record label for a song he and a friend co-produced.

The biotech revolutionary

At the push of a button, Erik Gatenholm can 3D-print you a human nose. The 28-year-old biotech entrepreneur is the CEO of CELLINK, the first bioink company in the world to lead the way for printing human organs. For the past eight years, Erik has been working on commercializing different technologies in the biotech industry, satisfying his twin passions: helping people and business innovation. He founded CELLINK in order to do nothing short of revolutionize the way medical research and practice is conducted worldwide. To date, CELLINK has created many different types of bioink – materials that mimic the natural environment that cells grow in, and which can be mixed with living cells to create functional human tissues with a 3D printer. This process has the potential to dramatically reduce the time currently spent waiting for life-saving transplants while increasing survival rates and quality of life. So if, in the future, you need a new liver, you might be in luck. Erik predicts that in 15 to 20 years we’ll be able to custom-print it, along with kidneys, lungs and hearts.
“The goal [from thestart] was to change the world of medicine – it was as simple as that”
Erik to the BBC
  • Featured in Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 ranking (2018)
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Country of Sweden (2016)
  • Innovator of the Year, by Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer (2016)
  • Shortcut Magazine’s 100 Under 40 (2016)
  • Within 10 months of launching, CELLINK was listed on Nasdaq First North with a valuation of $16.8M

Erik is also quite musical. He spent most of his youth in bands, and two years ago he got signed by a Dutch record label for a song he and a friend co-produced.