Biotech Startup Symposium

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Join your colleagues at this FREE two-day symposium and networking event designed specifically for start-up 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).
Merck Symposium

This event will include:

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

DAY 1, Tuesday, April 21, 2020 

8:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast and Registration
10:00 - 10:30 AM Welcome – Frederic Sengler & Ushma Mehta, Merck
10:30 - 11:15 AM Application of DOE based oxygen transfer modelling to improve bioreactor scale up and scale down Dr Ronan O’Kennedy, ROK Bioconsulting
11:15 - 12:00 AM Roundtable Discussion

12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch at M Lab™ Collaboration Center

1:00 - 1:45 PM Considerations for the Development of Biologics by Virtual Companies – Jonathan Dempsey, Dempsey Consulting
1:45 - 2:30 PM Roundtable Discussion
2:30 - 3:15 PM Break and Poster Session
3:15 - 4:00 PM Faster, safer and affordable access to GMP grade Angiogenic Stem
Cell for academic clinical trial – Pierre Monsan, Cell-Easy
4:00 - 4:45 PM Presentation by: 2020 Advance Biotech Grant Recipient
4:45 - 5:45 PM Transfer to Strasbourg
5:45 – 10:00 PM Evening event + 2020 Advance Biotech Grant Award Ceremony

DAY 2, Wednesday, April 22, 2020

8:00 - 9:00 AM Transfer From Hotel to M Lab™
9:00 - 9:45 AM TILT’s route from university startup to a clinical stage biotech – Aino Kalervo, Tilt
9:45- 10:30 AM Next Generation Gene Therapy for Musculoskeletal Disorders
Kilian Guse, GeneQuine
10:30- 11:15 AM Break and Poster Session

11:15 - 12:00 AM ROUND TABLE :
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 - 12:45 PM Financing strategies for Emerging Biotech Joey Mason, MVentures

12:45 – 1:45 PM Lunch

1:45 – 2:30 PM ImCheck brings the first gd T Cell activating antibody to the clinic Pierre d’Epenoux, Imcheck Therapeutics
2:30 – 3:15 PM A new shared-risk partnership model at Alderley Park for developing and commercialising oncology innovations Ned Wakeman, BioHub Alderley Park

3:15 – 3:30 PM Closing session

Info +
  • Date: April 21-22, 2020
  • Venue: MLab™ Collaboration Center - 39 Route Industrielle de la Hardt - 67120 Molsheim, France
  • Registration: click here


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.
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