4th bionection, 2017 // State-of-the-art biotech research meets global market leaders in Jena

On 17 and 18 October 2017, the bionection - Partnering Conference for Technology Transfer in Life Sciences opened its doors for the fourth time.

Thuringia was the focus of attention as a Central German life sciences region this year. More than 40 companies and institutes exchanged views on new possibilities and approaches for cooperation in the Volksbad Jena. The host biosaxony and the regional organizer InfectoGnostics are very pleased about the great success of the central German partnering conference.

The biosaxony team would like to thank the supporters, sponsors and exhibitors, the participants and the long-standing and new partners for the successful event.

We look forward to seeing you again in Dresden in October 2018!

© Fotos: Steffen Walther Photo | Graphics // www.steffenwalther-photographics.de

3rd bionection, 2016 // Beyond the national boundaries to Halle (Saale)

bionection Partnering Conference for Technology Transfer in Life Sciences 2016 brought biotech, biomedical engineering and entrepreneurs together from different regions

 +++ Biggest life sciences industry gathering in Central Germany held in Halle (Saale) +++ 2016 Science Start-Up Forum +++ Biotech meets biomedical engineering +++ bionection Technology Transfer Trophy awarded +++

Technology transfer and entrepreneurialism: Once again, bionection provided an excellent platform for sharing ideas and initiating collaboration in central Germany.

Held for the third time, the international technology transfer conference on 18 and 19 October at the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences in Halle (Saale) drew some 175 participants. They spent two days debating current aspects of biotech and biomedical engineering.

bionection was accompanied by the 2016 Science Start-Up Forum organized by technology centre and incubator TGZ Halle. Thomas Wünsch, Saxony-Anhalt’s State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Science and Digitalization, declared: “Through the Science Start-Up Forum and other projects, we intend to nurture the development of this excellent research location into an outstanding hotspot for scientific start-ups.” “Combining bionection with the Science Start-Up Forum generated outstanding opportunities for our participants to meet key representatives from business, science and politics,” emphasized André Hofmann, CEO of biosaxony e. V. “We are extremely pleased that bionection has grown into a multi-regional platform generating interdisciplinary synergies between the central German states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.”

Every year, biosaxony presents the bionection Technology Transfer Trophy (T³) at the conference party for the successful translation of an idea into commercialization. This time it was awarded for the validation project denovoMATRIX recently launched at B-CUBE in Dresden. T³ was sponsored for the second time by KPMG AG, which donated prize money of €1,500 and a voucher for consulting services in order to support both technology transfer and the start-up spirit.

The whole team from biosaxony would like to express their gratitude to the supporters, sponsors and exhibitors, participants, and both new and long-standing partners.

© Fotos: Marco Warmuth | Fotografie

2nd bionection, 2015 // BIO CITY LEIPZIG lures with interesting partners

bionection Partnering Conference for Technology Transfer in the Life Sciences on 1 & 2 October in Leipzig – Partner country: Poland

+++ Partnering event for the life sciences opens today in Leipzig +++ Host biosaxony welcomes international scientists and businesses to Saxony +++ bionection Technology Transfer Trophy to be awarded for the first time +++ Bio-Nanotechnology-Application Lab opens

Leipzig, October 1, 2015 bionection, the international partnering conference for technology transfer, is opening today for the second time. At BIO CITY LEIPZIG, scientists will have the opportunity over the next two days to present their innovative transferable ideas to potential industry partners during several thematic panels and pitch presentations. The accompanying industrial exhibition on an area of 200 square metres, the poster session and one-on-one partnering will provide additional opportunities for intensive networking and doing business. The first day of this two-day event will wind down with the ‘SAXONY! Get-Together’ at the Leipzig Moritzbastei. On the second day of bionection, permanent secretary Uwe Gaul from the SMWK Saxon Ministry of Science and the Arts will open the BNAL Bio-Nanotechnology-Application Lab. First glimpses of the new laboratory will be provided by Professor Frank Emmrich from the IZI Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology and Professor Alexander Michaelis from the IKTS Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems.

Instead of being hidden behind laboratory doors, findings from basic and applied research need to be translated into marketable products! bionection provides an ideal platform for commercialization. It covers a very wide range of current research areas in the life sciences, including diagnostics, biomedical engineering, veterinary medicine, identifying and designing active agents, and cell therapies. With this year’s partner country being Poland, a special workshop devoted to internationalization will be held and a Polish company will be reporting on its experience. Dr Jacek Robak, envoy and counsellor at the Polish Embassy, will also address the participants at the official opening of bionection. The idea behind the country focus is to intensify collaboration with Eastern Europe.

Particular emphasis will be placed on pairing up through one-on-one partnering. In addition, participants can take advantage of ten-minute pitches and the poster exhibition to explain their ideas. Of course, projects need to be presented accurately and convincingly if industry partners are to sit up and take notice! And in addition, as well as being an intensive platform designed to forge collaboration, bionection intends to equip participating researchers with the expertise required for successful technology transfer by hosting four interactive workshops on finance, patents, internationalization and clinical trials.

Companies and other disseminators will be showcasing themselves at the industry exhibition – a forum to meet researchers and other companies in the international life science sector. “bionection is responding to the regional demand for a platform in order to transfer the results of outstanding research to commercialization,” emphasized André Hofmann, CEO of biosaxony e. V. “We are delighted this year to have keynotes by B. Braun Avitum Saxonia GmbH, Merck Serono, Miltenyi Biotech GmbH and others. The high number of registrations for presentations underlines that bionection delivers ground-breaking initiatives. The latest Biotech Report also shows that the transfer landscape needs to continue to be supported by events like this,” concluded André Hofmann. And he added: “biosaxony will continue to strive to be a transparent interface between business and science. To this end, for the first time we will be presenting the bionection Technology Transfer Trophy together with a cheque for €1,500.”

Roland Göhde, Chairman of biosaxony e. V., declared: “Highlights this year include the fact that the SBTT Saxon Biotechnology Symposium is being held in conjunction with bionection, and the opening of the BNAL Bio-Nanotechnology-Application Lab. We are proud of the regional support from the University of Leipzig and local institutions. This packed programme will reveal how new opportunities and synergies for trends and developments can be discovered and harnessed.”

“The BNAL Bio-Nanotechnology-Application Lab is a facility for industry partners where technically sophisticated interdisciplinary projects in medicine and biotechnology can be expertly carried out,” emphasized permanent secretary Uwe Gaul from the SMWK Saxon Ministry of Science and the Arts. Founded in Leipzig by the two Fraunhofer institutes IKTS and IZI, BNAL has received financial support from the SMWK with the help of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to the tune of €3 million.

Organizer biosaxony is expecting 200 participants from science, industry and technology transfer. They can look forward to two days of stimulating debate and fascinating sessions.

On the evening of the first day, the SMWA Saxon Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport and the WFS Saxony Economic Development Corporation will be jointly hosting the ‘SAXONY! Get-Together’ at the Leipzig Moritzbastei. bionection participants will have free admission.

© Fotos: Hans-Georg Unrau, Jürgen Jeibmann Photographik

1st bionection, 2014 // Premiere in Dresden

Successful start of the technology transfer conference bionection

+++ Two-day partnering event for the life sciences celebrates its premiere +++ 200 participants from science and business are guests in Dresden +++ Panel sessions addressing current focal points of research and 1-on-1 partnering provide an ideal platform for initiating co-operations

Dresden, 10 October 2014 Initiating co-operations, technology transfer and commercialization of research results – these were the main themes of the partnering event bionection that took place for the very first time. For two days, the DFG Research Center and Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden was crowded with experts from the sciences and business debating current focal points of research in the life sciences and talking about future partnering.

The organizers from biosaxony have every reason to be satisfied: “The pilot exercise to establish an international life science conference focusing on technology transfer was definitely a success”, said André Hofmann, CEO of biosaxony after the event. “200 participants and more than 70 pitch presentations of scientific ideas show the enormous demand for such a platform that helps transferring ideas from the sciences into business”, he summed up. Indeed, the demand obviously exists on both sides as participants from the sciences and business were about equal in number.

Welcoming guests from nine different countries, “bionection” also proved to be able to provide a platform structure for technology transfer that goes beyond the national perspective. This was also confirmed by the presentation of Hungary, this year’s priority country: It organized its own panel on “Green Biotechnology / Food” and emphasized the need for more co-operation and partnering efforts directed towards Eastern Europe.

The six central theme panels covered the topics bioengineering/ biomaterials, bioinformatics, medical technology, new technologies/diagnostics and therapeutics/vaccines/drugs. The accompanying workshops addressing issues like strategies for initiating co-operations of the handling of promising research ideas also enjoyed great popularity. Overall, the bionection experience showed the enormous demand for the creation of structures supporting technology and know-how transfer within the life science industry.

In particular, the 1-on-1 partnering was very well received. It gave participants the opportunity to directly contact and arrange meetings with potential co-operation partners already before the start of the conference. Adding up to 140 partnering meetings, more than 50 percent of the participants used this opportunity which is a remarkable result for a newly established partnering tool.

Additionally, the accompanying industry exhibition and the exhibitor’s evening on October 9 were heavily used for networking and sharing ideas.

With the expert talk “Dealmaking with Industry – Dos and DONTs” and after two intense conference days, this year’s bionection has closed its doors this afternoon. The second bionection will take place in Leipzig on October 1 and 2, 2015.

© Fotos: Michael Sperl