Dr. Ijad Madisch is co-founder and CEO of ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists and researchers to collaborate, share data and speed up progress. Following his own frustrations as a researcher isolated in his lab, Ijad founded ResearchGate in 2008 together with his friends, fellow physician Soeren Hofmayer and computer scientist Horst Fickenscher. ResearchGate has since grown to more than four million scientists around the world. Ijad earned his doctorate in the field of virology, while also studying computer science on the side. He spent several years working as a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, focusing on tissue engineering and radiology. Under Ijad’s leadership, ResearchGate has attracted a group of renowned investors, including Bill Gates, Matt Cohler from Benchmark and Luke Nosek from Founders Fund.