Biocat runs the Health & Bio Team Dating event together with Banc Sabadell and CataloniaBio. This meeting between scientists and research groups working in life sciences and business people aims to bring together groups who can create new business synergies and start ups.
During the first edition in 2015, 82% of participants made new contacts and started partnerships through the initiative and 67% of those who attended are still working with these partnerships today. Six groups have succeed on reaching some kind of agreement, and all of the participants said they would like to repeat the experience.
The idea for 'Health & Bio Team Dating' event came about in 2015 as a result of the fact that: Catalonia has a strong network of scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and institutions, but there is a lack of collaboration between the different groups. This means that there are a number of scientific projects that could reach the market via newly-created start ups, but they need someone to take charge of the business plan and fundraising. On the other hand, there are many experts in business management with an entrepreneurial spirit who are looking for new projects in the fields of life sciences and healthcare, but they do not know where to find them.
The need to combine excellent scientific research with business development expertise resulted in these meetings, which are being held for the second time this year. The event aims to encourage and promote the transfer of technology and knowledge, while developing the bio-entrepreneurship ecosystem in Catalonia.
During the first edition of the event in 2015, 60 projects and business people were put in contact with each other, and over 200 meetings were held. 82% of participants made new contacts and started partnerships through the initiative. 67% of those who attended are still working with these partnerships today. Six groups have succeed on reaching some kind of agreement, and all of the participants said they would like to repeat the experience.
Success story 1: One of the success stories to come out of Health & Bio Team Dating is the one of Ruth M. Risueño, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Leukos Biotech (spin-off of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute), and Dr. Enrique Llaudet, who became CEO after their meeting at the event of the 2015 edition. The company is finishing preclinical development of a new class of drugs to treat acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and has announced a €3.5 million round of investment.
Success story 2: Another team emerged from the previous edition is formed by Dr. Valentini Konstantinidou i Chenghan Yang who, as a result of their meeting at Health & Bio Team Dating, signed an agreement through which IESE MBA students can collaborate with Konstantinidou’s start-up: DNANutricoach.
During the second edition of the 'Health & Bio Team Dating' event, celebrated in December 1, 2016, more than 100 scientists and executives brought together in quick-fire 30-minute meetings to kick off business projects. Over the four hours of the event, more than 200 meetings were held.