BIOVISION Catalyzer & Investor Conference

The 3rd edition of Catalyzer and Investor Conference, co-organized with Lyonbiopole, will be held on April 15 & 16 in Lyon, France.

BIOVISION 2015 edition will be held, on April 15 & 16, at the Cité Internationale, in Lyon – France and highlights will include the 3rd edition of Catalyzer and Investor Conference.

1 / The BIOVISION Catalyzer Pitches will allow selected innovative projects and seed stage startups to connect with potential private and public partners while pitching in front of a prestigious selection committee from academia, industry, investors and civil society, co-chaired by Michel Goldman, Executive Director of Innovative Medicines Initiative and Alexander von Gabain, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Corporate Alliances at the Karolinska Institute.

2/ The BIOVISION Investor Conference is an international prestigious investor event connecting Medtech, Biotech, e-Health start-ups and mid-sized companies with relevant partners and financial investors. It includes workshops and Pitches sessions for selected companies seeking visibility, collaborations and/or funds within 18 months. The 2015 selection committee is co-chaired by Florent Gros, Managing Director at Novartis Venture Funds and Anne Horgan, Associate at Sofinnova Partners.

Applications are open to every company or research groups in Europe and worldwide – the submission deadline is February 28th. Please find enclosed the call for applications.

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Contact:Emilie ROMEOChargée d’affaires EuropeEuropean Project ManagerLyonbiopôle321 avenue Jean Jaurès69007 LYON (France)T : + 33.(0) : +33.(0)




BIOVISION is an international forum devoted to the life sciences. The aim is to discuss forward-looking opportunities and to facilitate collaboration between the various stakeholders, to encourage innovation and ultimately ensure public access to knowledge and solutions. Founded in 1999, BIOVISION is driven by an independent not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for the University of Lyon in France (the Fondation pour l’Université de Lyon.)

The forum has a global reach and brings together a large number of leading figures every year in Lyon. Participants include researchers, policy-makers, investors and entrepreneurs; from startups to multinationals. Together, these multidisciplinary decision-makers reflect on the future advances in life sciences and consult on how to convert discoveries by researchers into practical, innovative solutions with a public health benefit. They directly address business models and funding solutions.

To foster innovation BIOVISION has introduced two themed sessions:

The BIOVISION Catalyzer is organized jointly with Lyonbiopôle, a world competitiveness cluster in the field of life sciences, to promote projects originating from public-private partnerships.

The BIOVISION Investor Conference is organized jointly with Lyonbiopôle and France Biotech to discuss funding and identify promising start-ups and innovative companies. An online networking platform and on-site meeting areas foster and support these discussions.

BIOVISION also hosts live streamed sessions to raise awareness and engage communities in scientific issues around the health care challenges of tomorrow. BIOVISION enjoys the support of the Greater Lyon, Rhône department and Rhône-Alpes authorities.

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About the Fondation pour l’Université de Lyon

Chaired by Alain Mérieux, the purpose of the Fondation is to support the University of Lyon in its ambition to be one of Europe’s ten largest higher education and research clusters. The seven active founders of the Fondation (banking group BNP Paribas, the French Deposits and Consignments Fund, CIC bank, retailer Casino, the Institut Mérieux, pharmaceutical group Sanofi and Lyon-based domestic appliance manufacturer SEB) help it to fulfill its remit of promoting the international recognition of the University of Lyon, contributing to its excellence, and strengthening its ties with the territory.

For the Fondation, BIOVISION is a key element of the region’s international profile in one of its areas of excellence; the life sciences. The forum also contributes directly to the economic development of the area through innovation.