Simcha is the Professor and Director of Science Based Business at Leiden University. He also is a Visiting Professor at the UCL School of Management. At Leiden, Simcha is responsible for developing new research, teaching, and outreach activities in management for the Faculty of Science. Simcha was previously a visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a member the Global Health Systems cluster at Harvard. He also was an Assistant Professor at the UCL School of Management and the faculty chair of the UCL Healthcare Management Initiative. Simcha has a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, an MPhil in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge (first class honours with distinction level), and a BA in Social Science from Utrecht University’s University College (cum laude). In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley.
Simcha’s research group studies innovation processes in science-based industries, and the changing dynamics governing academic work. Simcha received funding from major UK funding bodies such as Innovate UK, ESRC, NESTA, NIHR, and BIS, as well as various industry partners for projects examining business development strategies for science-based firms, and the commercialisation of disruptive cell therapy and personalised medicine technologies. Simcha’s research has been published in leading international scientific and management journals, including Nature Biotechnology, Research Policy, and Industrial and Corporate Change. Simcha was elected Honorary Cambridge University European Trust Scholar, was awarded the first prize in the PRIME Early Career Competition, a DIME WP European Framework Grant for qualitative research on university entrepreneurship, a Georgia Tech Science and Technology policy conference early career prize, and an Academy of Management OB Most Innovative Student paper award.
PhD and Postdoctoral researchers from Simcha’s group moved on to academic positions in management and science policy, at Warwick Business School, The University of Chicago, Georgia Tech, National Taiwan University, SPRU, Middlesex University, and UCL.
Simcha currently teaches the Management Fundamentals course for Leiden’s Science students. Simcha also taught modules in strategy for technology ventures for UCL postgraduate students in science and engineering, as well as London Business School MBA students. He has taught modules in social science research methods at UCL and abroad, and currently leads the department’s undergraduate dissertation module.
Assessing and implementing new diagnostics strategies for stratifying patients