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    MQ Incubator: "How I approach Business as a Biologist" featuring Professor Joe Steensma (Washington University St Louis)

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    ***The talk is open to the public and promises to provide valuable insights for researchers, students, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone interested in the intersection of biology and business.***

    Join us for an enlightening talk by Dr. Joseph Steensma, Visiting Scholar at Macquarie University and Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Steensma, known for his remarkable success in business and his extensive research (and writing) on birds, will share his unique insights on how biological systems can inform better business practices. 

    Long before Joe was a successful entrepreneur, he was a passionate birder. His lifelong study of birds—their behaviour, anatomy, adaptability, and efficiency—revealed key systems that underpin their success. By understanding these systems, Joe was able to apply his learnings with great effect as an entrepreneur. In this talk, he will explore how insights from bird ecology and biological systems can help us build better businesses and more sustainable ecosystems.

    Dr. Steensma believes that if we understand efficient, well-regulated biological systems and think of them as markets, we can leverage capitalism to solve pressing problems. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Steensma and learn how to apply the principles of biological efficiency to improve business today. The talk is open to the public and promises to provide valuable insights for entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone interested in the intersection of biology and business.

    About Joe

    Dr. Joseph Steensma is a distinguished entrepreneur, educator, and scientist with a background in biology and public health. His academic journey began with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, followed by a Master of Public Health specializing in biostatistics and environmental health, and culminating in a Doctorate in Organizational Theory. Dr. Steensma's extensive experience as a health physicist at the United States Department of Energy and an Environmental Health Officer in the United States Army gave him a foundation rooted in scientific principles and leadership. This foundation has been pivotal in his successful transition to the business world, where he has founded and led multiple companies, including ISG, Inc., Quantus Analytical, and Winergy Services, LLC.

    Dr. Steensma’s entrepreneurial journey is marked by his ability to translate scientific knowledge into successful business ventures. His firms have not only thrived commercially but also contributed significantly to environmental sustainability and public health. His unique blend of scientific expertise and business acumen has positioned him as a leading mentor and advisor, guiding hundreds of companies through various stages of development. As a professor at esteemed institutions such as Washington University in St. Louis and the Royal Academy of Engineering, Dr. Steensma continues to inspire and educate the next generation of innovators, emphasizing the critical role of science in driving business success and sustainable solutions.

    About Macquarie University Incubator

    It takes a collaborative effort — and a special environment — to challenge the status quo. In a vibrant and accessible space where expertise and ideas flow freely, our resident members gain the confidence and support they need to establish and scale, in a safe atmosphere where true growth arises from sharing the wins, lessons and challenges. Our bespoke education programs are delivered by industry experts at the leading edge of their fields, with a powerful network of mentors and investors standing by to help you to the next level. This energetic, high-value ecosystem is continuously activated by a program of diverse and engaging events that connect and inspire.

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