BioInnovation Day 2018 at Campus Biotech
The 8th edition of BioInnovation Day took place on 15 November 2018 at Geneva's Life Sciences Hub Campus Biotech, providing an opportunity for researchers, scientist-entrepreneurs and early-stage start-up ventures to pitch their projects to an audience of peers, investors and industry representatives.
BioInnovation Day 2018 featured 36 project pitches by academic researchers from University of Geneva, HUG, University of Lausanne, CHUV, EPFL and start-ups from Western Switzerland grouped in 4 thematic sessions: Bioengineering, Medical Devices, Therapeutics and Diagnostics. After an opening address by the rector of the University of Geneva, Yves Flückiger, the meeting kicked off with an investor panel moderated by the event's media partner Bilan. The pitch sessions were interspersed with presentations by invited speakers on various topics relevant to academia-industry partnering and/or entrepreneurship. For the full programme click here.
BioInnovation Day delegate distribution for the 2018 edition
Pictures of the event can be accessed here (credit: Shem Johnson)
The Audience Award (1000 CHF in cash) - sponsored by Venturelab - went to Dr. Ferran Galan from the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva who presented his project Xmotion, which is a chin-worn medical device allowing severely paralysed patients to control a robot arm to assist them in their everyday activities.
Dr. Andrej Babic from the received the BioInnovation Academia Prize (5000 CHF in cash) - sponsored by the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property - for the project ImageBAT which is a CT contrast agent for imaging of brown fat, the presence of which is diagnostic for cachexia, a potentially fatal condition manifesting through unintentional weight loss and muscle wasting, often caused by other pathologies such as cancer or AIDS.
The BioInnovation Start-up Prize (5000 CHF in cash) went to the UNIGE start-up ABCDx S.A. which develops a rapid blood-based point-of care diagnostic for brain injury after head trauma.
Last, the BioInnovation Incubator Prize consisting in one year of free coaching and support by one of the incubators Fondation Eclosion, Fongit or BioPôle went to Dr. Giovanna Dipasquale whose goal is to develop 3D printed shells to improve positioning of breast cancer patients for radiotherapy.