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BioRiver Boost! - Oct. 02, 2020: The three winners of the Start-Up-Competition live on stage at Miltenyi Biotec


BioRiver awards three biotech start-up companies PerAGraft (Aachen) - Dermanostic (Düsseldorf) - CASC8 (Belgium) for their innovative and diagnostic approches.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 7th BioRiver Boost! 2020 that took place on October 02, 2020 organized by BioRiver - Life Science im Rheinland e.V. - a regional business association for biotech and life science industry focusing on the Metropolian Area Rhineland in North Rhine Westfalia (NRW).

BioRiver Boost!  Life science start-up companies presented their business to the jury of industry representatives and investors. Following Life Science Start Ups participated in the competition: Actome - Freiburg •  ATIVAA - Bielefeld  •  attyloid -Düsseldorf  •  CASC8 - Belgium  •  Dermanostic - Düsseldorf •  Ningaloo - Cologne  •  PerAGraft - Aachen •  PolyGlyco - Bonn 

BioRiver selected three innovative therapeutic and diagnostic approaches as winners of the BioRiver Boost start-up competition! 2020The winners of the BioRiver Boost start-up competition! 2020
PerAGraft (Aachen) which focuses on patient-individualised implants for the treatment of complex cardiovascular diseases, was awarded 1st place as best start-up 2020. The second and third places were taken by Dermanostic (Düsseldorf) and CASC8 (Belgium).  
The expert jury evaluated the best business model after short presentations and subsequent technical discussions.  As a prize, the three winning teams will receive a tailor-made workshop on business development, marketing support and access to the BioRiver network.

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Program for Friday, October 02, 2020 -
Live on stage at Miltenyi Biotec and streamed live from the CMMC Seminar Room from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

"Together with the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) we are pleased to deliver our special event via live stream in the CMMC Seminar Room, CMMC Research Building, for interested scientists at the Life Science Campus Cologne of the University of Cologne" Dr. Frauke Hangen (Managing Director,  BioRiver - Life Science im Rheinland e.V.) comments.

Introducing BioRiver - Life Science im Rheinland e.V.
The BioRiver Board chaired by Dr. Boris Stoffel (CEO, Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG) by brings together the giants of the biotech and pharma industry in the Rhineland: Bayer and Qiagen. Furthermore, the interests of start-ups are represented as are the innovations from the university research, economic development initiatives, capital in the institution of the NRW.Bank as well as the interaction with the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie des Landes NRW.

Nearly 100 organizations of all sizes from the life science industry, renowned universities and research institutions in the region, stake-holders like investors, technology parks or the cities and chambers of commerce are engaged in the board and as members. To gain an overview of the BioRiver Members, please visit:

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Dr. Frauke Hangen

Managing Director
BioRiver - Life Science im Rheinland e.V.
Merowingerplatz 1 / 40225 Düsseldorf
phone:  +49 (0) 211 3160610 | Fax:   +49 (0) 211 160 1953
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