“Benedikt is a kung fu & whiskey enthusiast who strives to lead the fight against cancer.
City State Country: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Fun fact about yourself: Can taste the region of origin of Scottish whiskeys.
Undergraduate and major school:
PhD, Tumor Metabolism, German Cancer Research Center and University of Heidelberg, Germany
M.Sc. Tumor Biology, German Cancer Research Center and University of Heidelberg, Germany
B.Sc. Biomedicine, University of Würzburg, Germany
Current employer and job title: German Cancer Research Center, postdoctoral researcher
Why did you choose an online format like Quantic? First of all, the Quantic online program allows me to freely divide time between my postdoctoral work, my start-up ideas and my studies for an MBA. Second, this format allows me to study anywhere from home to the plane. Third, the global student network allows me to connect with other students around the world and exchange expertise, visions and perspectives. Taken together, these are huge advantages over traditional programs, and even more so in the days of COVID.
Apart from your classmates, what was the key element of Quantic’s MBA program that led you to choose this business school, and why was it so important to you? Three main reasons were decisive in choosing Quantic’s MBA. First, it was the network of classmates. Second, it was the free allocation of time and place to study. Third, it was Quantic’s radically new and mobile design. It is not an offline program that has been reworked to accommodate online formats during the COVID era. Instead, it was designed like this in the first place. You can really feel it by working on the concentrations, and it really made the difference for me! Studying towards the Quantic MBA is extremely important for me to accompany my scientific expertise with business acumen and network to further my goal of providing affordable tools and therapies for people to treat cancer, one of the greatest threats to the health of our society.
Give us an example of a lesson you learned during your Quantic MBA and how did you apply it to work? During my Quantic MBA, I learned to ‘think business’, that is, to identify a potential customer problem that creates a market for new products. Here, you invent potential solutions to this problem and test their potential on a very small scale – your family, friends and personal network. You develop an idea, find business partners, and create a product. Just recently, I went through this process when I realized that cancer patients needed extra care, and I’m currently working on making it into a business idea.
Quantic is very competitive and only around 10% of students who apply to the MBA program are admitted. What advice would you give to someone who intends to apply to Quantic to increase their chances of being accepted? In my opinion, there must be a good match between the applicant and Quantic. First of all, ask yourself: is Quantic really the best program for me, and WHY? Bring that into your app! Second, ask yourself WHY you need the Quantic MBA and talk to Quantic! Third, use the concentration available during the application process; Familiarize yourself with Quantic tools and identify how you can contribute to the success of Quantic. Let them know!
What achievement are you most proud of as an MBA student? I am very proud to put the knowledge I acquired as an MBA student into practice in my start-up ideas. It’s great to see this translate into a real impact! It really gives me the feeling that the Quantic MBA was the right choice to pursue my dreams!
What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? In my professional career, I aim to contribute to the fight against cancer as one of the greatest threats to the health of our society. I am proud to contribute both to scientific advances by identifying metabolic therapeutic targets, and by providing additional support to patients (a job I did without the Quantic MBA!).
What is your ultimate long-term professional goal and how has your MBA studies helped you progress in this field? In the long term, I want to have the greatest possible impact on society’s fight against cancer. To achieve this, I will combine my scientific expertise with the knowledge of the MBA, as I am convinced that only economically designed therapies will be available to society as a whole. To achieve this impact, the Quantic MBA is essential for me, providing me with theoretical knowledge, alumni networks and contacts with potential business partners to translate my ideas into successful products!