About WiWright founder Wino Wijnen:
It was curiosity that drove me from an active research career to academic writing and innovation management. I received my education and PhD in the life sciences, but have become familiar with topics ranging from engineering to sociology.
Working with experts on state-of-the-art ideas and technologies is what keeps my work interesting and challenging. Curiosity drives me to learn something new every day and it enables me to offer the best possible support to scientists and innovators in their quest for knowledge. I am curious; how about you

Academic and Medical Writing

Both during and after my academic career, I enjoyed to write (manuscripts, proposals, idea drafts). To me, writing is an essential tool to develop and refine ideas. I use my skills to help others in developing and communicating their ideas. Over the past 5 years, I have contributed to the excellence of numerous research proposals, manuscripts, and literature reviews. At a glance:

  • Feedback on research grant proposals (see Science and Innovation Management)
  • Editing of original research manuscripts
  • Preparation of literature reviews & summaries

Science and Innovation Management

I support scientists and innovators with the preparation and submission of large collaborative research proposals. Moreover, I have trained students and postdocs in ‘Academic Writing’, ‘Fundraising’, and ‘Project Management’, and coached junior scientists for grant applications and career development. As a coach, I contribute to the Bench2Biz workshop in Zurich. At a glance:

  • Submission coordination of Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research
  • Submission coordination of H2020 Research and Innovation Actions; Coordination and Support Actions
  • Revisions & coaching of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships and ITNs
  • Feedback on SNSF Mobility, Ambizione, PRIMA, and Eccellenza grants
  • Feedback and review of H2020 SME & FTI applications
  • Training of PhD students and postdocs in fundraising
  • Career coaching of junior scientists
  • Early-stage start-up coaching of academic spin-offs
  • Dissemination and digital marketing of research and innovation projects

Academic Career

I have pursued an international academic career in the life sciences, studying the molecular function of the heart in health and disease. As a PhD student, postdoctoral researcher, and co-group leader, I gathered more than 10 years of academic experience. I can therefore relate to the challenges and opportunities of academic success and offer first-hand insights. At a glance:

  • Postdoctoral researcher and co-group leader at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) – Center for Molecular Cardiology
  • PhD in Medicine from University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – Thesis title ‘Regulation of Cardiac Form and Function – small RNAs and large hearts’
  • Master in Health Sciences from Maastricht University (The Netherlands) – specialisation in ‘Biological Health Sciences’

Photography & publishing

Besides my life in academia, I have worked as a professional photographer. I mainly focused on night and landscape photography. This led to the publication of two photo books (‘Amsterdam by Night’ and ‘Wielder by Night’). The publishing and marketing activities have given me first-hand business experience that can readily be translated to innovation projects. At a glance:

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