Friday, 6 July 2012

BIOCHEM goes Bilbao

BIOCHEM, the European Bioeconomy Innovation project, offers unique promotion opportunities to entrepreneurs and researchers considering launching a business in the bio-based product sector. BIOCHEM facilitates introductions to European investors and other industrial stakeholders that can enable budding bio-entrepreneurs to find the financing and advice they need. And the next BIOCHEM event takes place in Bilbao.

BIOCHEM Accelerator Fora combine several activities, including bilateral meetings to bring together and introduce potential partners from industry, academia, venture capital investors, and test facilities based throughout Europe.

BIOCHEM has organised four events specifically focused on biotechnology sector SMEs, researchers and entrepreneurs. The first of these events took place in Milan in October 2011, the second happened during Achema in Frankfurt in June 2012 and the next will take place in Bilbao from September 19 to 21. The final event is scheduled for London during January 2013.

The Bilbao Forum is organised within the framework of Spain’s largest biotechnological event, BioSpain 2012. This should promote attendance and synergies amongst a wide spectrum of experts and offers a three day programme that will include BIOCHEM’s Business Plan competition final, Venture Capital Sessions and bilateral meetings for potential partnering.

Three days, three activities
The first activity is the Business Plan competition that will award and promote the most promising ideas to stimulate the creation of biotechnology businesses. The competition is open to universities, research centres and technological transfer offices.

In addition, six of the Business Plan Competition finalists will have the opportunity of presenting their projects to a venture capital investor expert panel during the second day of the Forum.

The Forum will also offer the opportunity to celebrate bilateral and technological transfer meetings to help identify potential partners from industry, academia, venture capital investors, and test facilities throughout Europe and share knowledge.

BIOCHEM, was launched on February 2010. It is a European initiative with the participation of 16 partners, two of which are Spanish: Feique and Madrid Network-Biocluster. The project is co-financed by European Commission’s INNOVA programme to support companies who wish to access the growing biotechnological based chemicals products market.

For more information on BIOCHEM visit the project website. There is also more information on the project section of SusChem-Espana website.


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