Erik Gatenholm

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Erik Gatenholm
Born (1989-08-23) August 23, 1989 (age 33)
Alma materVirginia Tech University
Gothenburg University
Known forCo-founder of Cellink

Erik Gatenholm is a Swedish-American entrepreneur.[1] He is credited with marketing the world's first universal bio-ink.[2][3]


Gatenholm was raised mostly in Blacksburg, Virginia. He attended Blacksburg High School and studied Business Management at Virginia Tech University.[4][5] He attended the Innovation and Industrial Management Master's program at the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, and received his Master's of Science in June 2016.[6]

Early work[edit]

At age 18, Gatenholm started his first venture as a freshman at Virginia Tech. BC Genesis focused on developing surgical meshes for hernia repair and cartilage implants by commercializing Virginia Tech-owned intellectual property. Within three years of its founding, BC Genesis received two National Science Foundation grants for $600,000.[7] The company also received a $700,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, and was slated to help revive Floyd County's economy through the introduction of more job opportunities in biotech.[8]

Gatenholm has had his own research published in line with his work. His abstract titled "Innovative bacterial nanocellulose medical devices: From incubator to human body" was published in 2013.[9]

Outside of the biotechnology sector, Gatenholm has also worked in music production. In 2014, Gatenholm wrote and produced "Finally" with vocalist Jalana. Gatenholm composed the track and played guitar for the recording, while Jalana contributed lyrics and vocals. The track was remixed several times, earning success across the electronic music scene and gaining radio airplay, chart positions and DJ support.[10][11] Gatenholm was signed along with Jalana to Déepalma Records in 2015.

Current work[edit]

Gatenholm was introduced to 3D bioprinting in 2014. At that time, academics and pharmaceutical companies mixed their own bio-inks in-house, and Gatenholm recognized a gap in the market. He co-founded CELLINK in 2016 when he was 25 years old.[2] CELLINK was listed on Nasdaq First North within ten months of its founding, and sales totaled $1 million in its first year.[12][2]



  1. ^ "'Don't try to blend in all the time. Try to stick out, it makes a difference in Sweden'". The Local SE. 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "The firm that can 3D print human body parts". BBC. 2017.
  3. ^ "Transplanting pig kidneys in humans to solve the organ shortage". CNBC. 2019.
  4. ^ "Virginia Tech grad co-founds first bioink company in the world". Collegiate Times. 2016.
  5. ^ "Startup aims to make 3D printers affordable for researchers". Roanoke Times. 2017.
  6. ^ a b "IIM student Erik Gatenholm elected Young Entrepreneur West of the Year, 2016". University of Gothenburg. 2016.
  7. ^ Richard Foster (January 24, 2013). "Bridging the 'Valley of Death' Universities help young biotech companies reach the marketplace". Virginia Business.
  8. ^ Jeff Sturgeon (September 19, 2011). "A growing body of work: Floyd Co. gets grant for company that might produce spare body parts". The Roanoke Times.
  9. ^ "Engineering algae to make the 'wonder material' nanocellulose for biofuels and more". Eurekalert. American Chemical Society. April 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "Finally (incl. Lexer, Holter & Mogyoro Remixes)". Traxsource. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jalana on Spotify". Spotify. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  12. ^ "Sweden's hottest biotech startup is now 3D printing tumors to help cure cancer". Business Insider. 2018.
  13. ^ "Young Entrepreneur of the Year Sweden: Erik Gatenholm, founder of Cellink". Founders Alliance. 2016.
  14. ^ "Erik Gatenholm receives the Innovator of the Year award". MyNewsDesk. 2016.
  15. ^ "Erik Gatenholm is awarded the Future Award 2016". Cision. 2016.
  16. ^ "CELLINK wins Anders Wall Award for Exceptional Entrepreneurship 2017". Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. 2017.
  17. ^ "30 Under 30 Europe: Transforming Industry From The Factory To Earth Orbit". Forbes. 2018.
  18. ^ "Göteborgarna bakom bioteknikföretaget Cellink vann Årets Företagare i Sverige 2019". Mynewsdesk. 2019.
  19. ^ Tess Boissonneault (2019). "The 3D printing trailblazers on MIT's 'Innovators Under 35 List'". 3D Printing Media Network.
  20. ^ "Svensk upptäckt ledde till SvD Affärsbragd: "Stolt"". Svenska Dagbladet. 2020.