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Iordanis Arzimanoglou

EIC Programme Manager June 2020 – May 2024



EIC Programme Manager for health and biotechnology

Iordanis Arzimanoglou has a thirty-year postdoctoral international career. From June 2020 to May 2024, he has been the Programme Manager for Health and Biotechnology at the EIC, where he was responsible for developing visions for technological and innovation breakthroughs. Iordanis has previously worked as an EIC Coach & Senior advisor to genomic/genetic SMEs. Iordanis was the Chief Executive Officer of the Thessaloniki Innovation Zone managing company, and prior to that, Chief Executive Officer of the Aarhus Biotech Cluster Company (BMF) and was Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedicine Aarhus University.

Earlier in his career, he was the Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York and prior to that, he was Chief of Cancer Genetics Research Program at Lennox Hill Hospital, New York. Before joining Lenox Hill, he was a research scientist in the Division of Medical Genetics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Iordanis holds a PhD from the University of Athens, Greece in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, a Boston University Graduate Certificate in international business management and performed his postdoctoral work in the Department of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York.

Outreach activities

  1. 10 June 2024
    Publication in the peer-reviewed journal "Les Nouvelles": Empowering the licensing capabilities of EIC-funded startup companies
  2. 22 May 2024
    EV-based EIC Cluster Meeting
    • Co-organised the meeting involving EIC Extracellular Vesicle (EV)-based projects and companies and prominent members of the European EV-based biotech community
    • The hybrid event included presentations by EIC-funded projects and two lively round tables on scientific, technological and market path challenges
    • More information here
  3. 19 March 2024
    EIC Summit – Beneficiaries’ Day
    • Moderated the workshop on “Health biotech-overcoming barriers in regulation, the case of precision oncology” with speakers from EMA and EIC Accelerator.
    • Co-speaker in the workshop “Teaming up for IP Excellence – IP Management and valorisation strategies”.
    • More information here. View the full programme here.
  4. 1 February 2024
    EPO webinar with over 3500 recorded viewers from 65 countries
    • Speaker at the EPO’s webinar on “Combatting cancer: how innovation actors are changing the landscape”, presenting the 2023 EIC Accelerator challenge-based call “Novel biomarker-based assays to guide personalised cancer treatment”. More information here and here.
    • Watch the recording here.
  5. 17 January 2024
    Annual Meeting of the EIC Pathfinder Portfolio "Engineered Living Materials"
    • Co-organised the Annual Meeting of the Engineered Living Materials portfolio, held on 17 January 2024 in Brussels.
    • The hybrid event was attended by over 60 participants and showcased frontier synthetic biology-based projects with high potential and far-reaching impact on the European Synthetic Biology ecosystem. 
    • More information here.
  6. 6 December 2023
    Visit to KU Leuven
    • PM visited KU Leuven and engaged in a discussion with the Dean of KU Leuven Medical School which illustrated the pro-active portfolio approach of the EIC
  7. 21 - 22 November 2023
    Deeptech CEE Summit
    • CEE Challange 2023 - Jury Member
    • Panelist in panel with with 3 promising EIC-funded Polish SMEs
    • More information here
  8. 31 October 2023
    Visit to Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park
    • PM presented the Health & Biotech strategy and portfolio at the EIC and how we are building strategic intelligence in cancer.
    • More information here
  9. 30 October 2023
    Visit to SINTEF Industri Norway
    • PM presented the EIC portfolio in Health-Biotech
    • Networked with representatives from SINTEF projects
    • More information here
  10. 27 October 2023
    Cell and Gene Therapy Symposium
  11. 24 October 2023
    Healthtech Innovation Days
    • Participant in round table: Innovative new licensing and M&A deals in healthtech
    • More information here
  12. 17 October 2023
    Visit to EPO office in Munich
    • PM presented work in licensing and explored the next steps of the EPO EIC collaboration based on the existing letter of intent
  13. 28 April 2023
    Conquering Cancer Event
    • Organised by Business Angels Europe
    • European Commission Horizon Results Platform and Business Angels Europe, together with the European Innovation Council
    • Full programme available here
  14. 27 April 2023
    Roundtable on mRNA:The next health revolution
    • Organised by Science Business
    • View full programme here


  15. 3 February 2023
    EIC Accelerator Challenge Info Day
    • Presentation of EIC Acceleration Challenge on Novel biomarker-based assays to guide personalised cancer treatment 
    • Watch the full webinar here
  16. 24 January 2023
    Webinar "Licensing as exit strategy for the EIC beneficiaries"
    • Organised by EIC Programme Managers Office with the collaboration of John Cosmopoulos (The Office for Technology Transfer & Industry Collaboration, Tufts University)
    • Watch the full webinar here
  17. 10 - 11 January 2023
    EIC Pathfinder Challenge portfolio: “Emerging Technologies Cell & Gene Therapy” strategy meeting
    • 10 January: Subportfolio 1: Advancing cell therapy manufacturing and products to a clinical stage
    • 11 January: Subportfolio 2: Improving the effectiveness and lowering the risks of gene delivery systems (vectors)
    • Organised by the EIC Programme Manager on Health and Biotechnology
  18. 8 December 2022
    EIC Summit - break out session: EIC Programme Managers - proactive portfolio management
    • Presentation of EMPE Diagnostics project, EIC funded company, that received investment of EUR  3.2 million  from the Gates Foundation-catalyzed by the EIC Programme Manager.
    • Event site


  19. 13 - 14 October 2022
    Health Tech Innovation Days (HTIDs) , Paris (FR)
  20. 22 - 27 September 2022
    EIC Challenges Workshop with Member States
    • Organised by the Programme Managers' Office 
    • Individual reports and presentations are available here
  21. 21 September 2022
    InnovEIT – Paris, FR
  22. 30 June 2022
    Workshop on Licensing in biotech: Experiences and lessons learned from selected EU and US cases (online)
  23. 22 - 23 June 2022
    EIT Health - Gold Track, Paris, FR
  24. 13 April 2022
    EurA Workshop: EIC Funding Programs for Life Science Research and Business Development (online)
  25. 12 April 2022
    Publication: European Innovation Council’s strategic actions: A game-changer for cell and gene therapy
    • Article published on Molecular Therapy - the official journal of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 
    • Read full article here
  26. 21 March 2022
    Workshop at Bio Innovation Conference, Copenhagen, DK
  27. 3 March 2022
    Health Industry conference – French Presidency, Paris, FR