Save the Date: 10th BioRiver Boost! 2023 

22 September 2023. Host: BAYER AG Crop Science


A groundbreaking idea and technical know-how are not yet a guarantee for the success of a start-up company. Direct contact with decision-makers and the shortest possible routes to market leaders are important in order to successfully place a new product or a sensational technology on the market.

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Read our press release BioRiver Boost! 2022

Previous years – BioRiver Boost! winners from 2014 to today


BioRiver Boost! 2022: For the 9th time, young companies and start-up projects from biotechnology and life science presented their technologies and answered the questions of the expert jury on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, at the finals of our start-up competition, the Bioriver Boost!. The eight outstanding finalists selected by experts pitched in Hilden at Qiagen. The winners are...

1st Lumatix Biotech: produces light-driven affinity matrices as a superior alternative to protein A chromatography for antibody purification.
Garching near Munich; Andreas Reichert, Ingmar Polte.

2nd BioThrust: develops innovative systems that take bioreactor aeration to a new level.
Aachen; Patrick Bongartz, Konstantin Kurz

3rd Vivalyx: saves and improves the lives of people suffering from organ failure worldwide by increasing organ viability and the number of organs available for transplantation without using donor blood.
Altenkirchen; René Tolba, Benedict Doorschodt

Congratulations on the win!

Other startups featured as finalists: Bicomer, Nium, Athenata GmbH, X-ZELL, Modiblast.

We would like to thank our business experts in the BioRiver Boost! jury for their engagement!
JURY 2022: Dr. Bettina Möckel (Qiagen GmbH), Dr. Caroline Fichtner (High-Tech-Gründerfonds Management GmbH), Dr. Marek Kozlowski (NRW.Bank), Uni.-Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlev Riesner (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), Dr. Marco Scheidle (Bayer AG), Larissa Schulz (Janssen Germany), Dr. Volker Vogel (Lonza Cologne GmbH) and Jie Kang (Qiagen GmbH).

Furthermore, we would like to thank our great sponsors and supporters!

Are you and your start-up interested in participating at the next BioRiver Boost!, win new experience and broaden your contacts to excellent life science industries? Then contact us via our contact form or bioriver(at) We look forward to getting to know you and your innovation!