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Biopôle | New start-up fund to foster early innovation in the Life Sciences

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Accelerate the innovation of start-ups established at Biopôle 


Biopôle SA, a privately held Swiss not-for-profit organisation that manages and promotes the Biopôle life sciences campus in Lausanne, is thrilled to announce the launch of a new fund dedicated to supporting the next generation of impact-driven life sciences entrepreneurs. With an annual budget of approximately CHF 500,000, Biopôle SA aims to help accelerate the innovation of start-ups established at Biopôle and active in any area of the life sciences, be it biotech, medtech, pharma, digital health, nutrition or any other related field.

Biopôle SA’s Board of Directors unanimously applauded the creation of the Biopôle Start-up Fund. The initiative is intended to support projects that promote the life sciences in their initial innovation phase.


Applications are welcomed at any time from start-ups that are established at Biopôle, have been in existence for less than 5 years and have raised less than CHF 5 million in funding. Biopôle’s management team will be supported by an independent Scientific Advisory Board in evaluating and selecting the best and most promising applications, taking into account scientific excellence, the relevance of the business model and the quality of the founding and management teams.

With the creation of the Biopôle Start-up Fund, Biopôle SA confirms its eagerness to support life sciences entrepreneurs and give them firm foundations in the canton of Vaud. In 2018, the company launched StartLab, the first incubator of its kind for life sciences start-ups in Switzerland. In 2019, Biopôle SA created the Digital Health Hub, where companies striving to develop digital solutions can work together and share experiences.


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