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Financing alliance on Top of Europe on its way

At a workshop on the 9th of June in Göteborg investors and financing experts concluded that Life Sciences in the Baltic Sea Region – ScanBalt BioRegion - would benefit from strengthened cross-border collaboration between the financial resources.

The primary aim is to overcome the lack of risk willing financing in the early SME development phases. The lack of financing dramatically lowers the number of spin-outs from universities and research institutions that pass the initial phase, where they are financed by public pre-seed financing. This leads to the loss of business opportunities. Therefore a “Top of Europe” financing alliance is intended to be created which should assist in closing the financial gap being a barrier for the exploitation of academic research in SME´s. Program Director Tuula Palmén, Bioforum Oulu, says “We have taken an important first step towards the establishment of the Top of Europe financing alliance which shall assist to promote commercialization of academic research on Top of Europe. Within the next year we hope to have identified the key partners and prepared a business plan for the alliance, which will lay the ground for future investments”. The workshop in Göteborg was part of an EU co-funded project (FP 7) “Bridge-BSR” with 7 partners in addition to Bioforum Oulu: BioCon Valley, Estonian Biotech Association, IPPT-PAN, Latvian Association of Biotechnology, Medicon Valley Alliance, Steinbeis Team North East and ScanBalt. Bridge-BSR aims to bridge academic research and SME´s within life sciences and biotechnology in ScanBalt BioRegion. Read more at http://www.scanbalt.org/bridge-bsr For further information please contact Tuula Palmén at , Tel: +358 50 4617290, http://www.businessoulu.com

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