ÉVÉNEMENT REPORTÉ - Biotech startup symposium

November 17-18 2020

Join your colleagues at this two-day symposium and networking event designed specifically for startup biotech companies. Hosted at Merck in Molsheim, France, speakers will be discussing topics that range from technical (oxygen transfer modelling for bioreactor scaling) to growing your company (going from an idea at a university to a clinical phase biotech) to operations (outsourcing and virtual companies).

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39 Route Industrielle de la Hardt

67120 Molsheim

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Presentation by 2020 Advance Biotech Grant Recipient and Award Ceremony will take place during this event!

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This event will include:

  • presentations by industry experts ;
  • moderated round table discussions ;
  • M Lab Collaboration Center tours ;
  • exceptional networking opportunities throughout the entire program.


Tuesday 17 November, 2020

  • 08:00  Breakfast and Registration
  • 10:00  Welcome – Frederic Sengler & Ushma Mehta, Merck
  • 10:30  Application of DOE based oxygen transfer modelling to improve bioreactor scale up and scale down – Dr Ronan O’Kennedy – ROK Bioconsulting
  • 11:15   Roundtable Discussion
  • 12:00  Lunch at M Lab® Collaboration Center
  • 13:00  Considerations for the Development of Biologics by Virtual Companies – Jonathan Dempsey – Dempsey Consulting
  • 13:45  Roundtable Discussion
  • 14:30  Break and Poster Session
  • 15:15  Faster, safer and affordable access to GMP grade Angiogenic Stem Cell for academic clinical trial Pierre Monsan – Cell-Easy
  • 16:00  Presentation by: 2020 Advance Biotech Grant Recipient
  • 16:45  Transfer to Strasbourg
  • 17:45  Evening event + 2020 Advance Biotech Grant Award Ceremony

Wednesday 18 November, 2020

  • 8:00  Transfer from Hotel to M Lab™ Collaboration Center
  • 9:00  TILT’s route from university startup to a clinical stage biotech – Aino Kalervo – Tilt Biotherapeutics
  • 9:45  Next Generation Gene Therapy for Musculoskeletal Disorders – Kilian Guse – GeneQuine
  • 10:30  Break and Poster Session
  • 11:15  Roundtable Discussion
    • Biotech Start-up/CDMO Partner: Setting the right level of expectation to ensure project success – Alain Rachon, Director Business, Development Merck Biodevelopment
    • Process scale up strategies with respect to eventual tech transfer – Dr Paul Beckett, Technology manager
    • Tour our brand new M Lab™ Collaboration Center
  • 12:00  Financing Strategies for Emerging Biotech – Joey Mason- MVentures
  • 12:45  Lunch
  • 13:45  ImCheck Bring the First gd T Cell Activating Antibody to the Clinic – Pierre d’Epenoux – ImCheck Therapeutics
  • 14:30  Ned Wakeman – BioHub Alderley Park
  • 15:15  Closing Session

More information

Agenda subject to change. Registration to the Biotech Start-up Symposium is limited and available to pharma or biopharma manufacturers and consultants only. The offer does not extend to any company that provides pharma or biopharma products or services. Merck reserves the right to revoke or refuse participation at any time. Attendance is free, though registration is required. Lunches, dinners and coffee breaks are provided courtesy of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Travel costs and hotel accommodation are at the expense of the attendees. A block of rooms has been booked at different hotels close to the meeting venue.

Any question?

For any questions, please contact Marie-Charlotte Lechner, Innovation Project Manager of BioValley France by email or phone : 03 90 40 57 42.