7th BioRiver Boost! 2020

BioRiver kürt drei neuartige Therapie- und Diagnose-Ansätze als Gewinner des Start-Up-Wettbewerbs BioRiver Boost! 2020

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These are our BioRiver Boost! 2020 winners! We proudly present:

1. PerAGraft, Aachen: individualized treatment of complex aortic aneurysms

2. Dermanostic, Düsseldorf: Dermatologist by App

3. CACS8, Belgien: Regenerative therapy for Advanced Ischemic Heart Disease

Thank you to all finalists for their inspiring contribution!

Agenda 2 October 2020


10:00 Greeting

Dr. Boris Stoffel, CEO, Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG
Dr. Frauke Hangen, managing director, BioRiver e.V.

10:10 Pitch session, part 1
ATIVAA: The next gen(e) virus for glioblastoma therapy, Bielefeld

PolyGlyco: Glycome-based therapy of age-related neurodegenerative diseases with unmet medical need, Bonn

CASC8: Regenerative therapy for Advanced Ischemic Heart Disease, using Cardiac Atrial Appendage Stem Cells, Belgien

Ningaloo: We are developing products and processes that will enable our customers to steer bioprocesses with multi-parameter control using light, allowing them to produce new kinds of biopharmaceuticals, Köln

12:00 Pitch session, part 2
PerAGraft: PerAGraft's vision is to define a new standard of care in the treatment of complex aortic aneurysms and become a global market leader in personalised aortic implants, Aachen

Actome: Actome GmbH's analytical technology supports life science research and medical innovations by enabling the precise quantification of proteins and protein interactions in biological samples with hitherto unseen sensitivity and specificity, Freiburg

attyloid: Particles count, Düsseldorf

Dermanostic: DERMANOSTIC - "Dermatologist by App", offers patients a diagnosis and therapy of their skin changes including a prescription using an app - and this within 24 hours, Düsseldorf

Moderation: Dr. Jürgen Walkenhorst, PROvendis GmbH

14:00 Reverse pitch session

Miltenyi Biotec; tbc.

BAYER, Dr. Ralph Herbst, Vice President Cell & Gene Therapy activator

AiCuris Anti-infective Cures GmbH, Dr. Holger Zimmermann, CEO

Antibodies-online, Dr. Andreas Kessell, CEO: Introducing digital marketing

Qiagen, Dr. Kai te Kaat, Vice President, Head of Franchise Oncology: Fighting Covid 19 - projects at Qiagen (working title)

coparion, Dr. Sebastian Pünzeler, Investment Manager Life Sciences: How we invest in life sciences

Moderation: Dr. Anna Heide, Ruhr-IP Patentanwälte

15:35 BioRiver Boost! award ceremony

16:00 Closing words
16:10 End of transmission


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Testimonials BioRiver Boost! 2020

NRW.BANK- VENTURE CAPITAL (Jury und Sponsor): Vielen Dank auch von unserer Seite. Ich habe mich sehr gefreut dabei zu sein!  Hoffentlich in 2021 wird die Veranstaltung schon wieder voll in on-site Modus. Dennoch hat die on-line Teilnahme auch sehr gut funktioniert.

ehem. IHK Geschäftsführer & BioRiver-Vorstand: Am letzten Freitag habe ich mir digital BioRiverBoost angesehen. Auch wenn ich inhaltlich nicht alles verstanden habe, so hat mir das digitale Format sehr gut gefallen. Machen Sie bitte weiter so.


Covid-19 prevention during the event

Information on request.


7th BioRiver Boost! 2020 is friendly supported by the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North-Rhine Westfalia.


BioRiver Boost! 2020 - the jury:

Miltenyi Biotec: Dr. Boris Stoffel
BAYER: Dr. Karl-Heinz Schneider
Eppendorf: Prof. Dr. Michael Rossbach
High-Tech Gründerfonds: Dr. Caroline Fichtner
Lead Discovery Center: Dr. Bert Klebl
LONZA: Dr. Volker Vogel
NRW.Bank: Dr. Marek Kozlowski
QIAGEN: Dr. Bettina Möckel
UCB: Dr. Anna-Lisa Picciolo-Lehrke


We thank our sponsors for their contribution!

Host: Miltenyi Biotec

Platin: Köln Business Wirtschaftsförderungs GmbH

Gold: Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Gold: Ruhr-IP Patentanwälte

Please see all sponsors below.


Live Stream Transmission

Together with the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) we are pleased to deliver our special event via live stream in the CMMC seminar rooms, CMMC Research Building, for interested scientists at the Life Science Campus Cologne of the University of Cologne.

Our sponsors expand your network:

Platin sponsors:

Gold sponsors:

Silver sponsors

Bronze sponsors:

Partners and supporters:

Venue: Skydome at Miltenyi Biotec headquarter

We thank Miltenyi Biotec B.V, & Co. KG for kindly hosting BioRiver Boost! 2020. Adress and Travelling: Miltenyi Biotec, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 58, Bergisch Gladbach. If you want to learn about the Miltenyi Biotec


Your winning

Top 8 applications are invited to pitch in front of a jury of renowned experts.

The best over-all concept, including the presentation, will be awarded as BioRiver Boost! 2020 winner. Your prize is a half-day workshop for your team with our experienced biotech CEOs

together with a one-year free membership at BioRiver. Further prizes go to 2nd and 3rd. The BioRiver Boost! jury gives dedicated and precise feedback to all 8 finalists.

Fields of innovation are presented by the industry in reverse pitches.

BioRiver Boost! 2020 is a hybrid conference, if you have any questions regarding this point we are happy to assist.


The jury - Your idea on the table of decision-makers

  • Miltenyi Biotec: Dr. Boris Stoffel, Managing Director / CEO
  • BAYER: Dr. Karl-Heinz Schneider, Head of clinical DS Manufacturing
  • Eppendorf: Prof. Dr. Michael Rossbach, Head of Technology Scouting
  • High-Tech Gründerfonds: Dr. Caroline Fichtner, Senior Investment Manager
  • Lead Discovery Center Dortmund: Dr. Bert Klebl, CEO
  • LONZA: Dr. Volker Vogel, Associate Director Business Development
  • NRW.Bank: N.N., Start-Up investments/Holdings
  • QIAGEN: Dr. Bettina Möckel, Vice President Corporate Business Development
  • UCB: Dr. Anna-Lisa Picciolo-Lehrke, Head of Business Development Neurology




Pitch training 16 September 2020

10 - 17, LifeScienceCenter, Merowingerplatz 1, Düsseldorf

Coaches: Nicole Klingen, Kluba Medicals GmbH (founder, consulting, financing), Dr. Jörg Vollmer, Abalos Therapeutics GmbH (biotech expert, management, international corporates), Uwe Wäckers, VCI NRW (presentation, communication, networking).

BioRiver Boost! 2020 pitch training is part of Start-Up Woche Düsseldorf


6th BioRiver Boost! 2019 - The winners are:

Acus Laboratories GmbH, Köln: Target deconvolution services and innovative drug target discoveries

Cherrykukess i.Gr., Düsseldorf: New Cancer Therapies

Prosion i.Gr., Köln: Chemical Toolkit for Making the Undruggable Druggable

Foto (rights: BioRiver, fotograf: Lauter)

Special price to Bex-Biotec GmbH & Co. KG, Münster: Bio-Engineering eXperts - We are the plant treatment evaluating accelerator

5th BioRiver Boost! 2018 - The winners are:

BlackDrop Biodrucker GmbH, Aachen

Sphairlab GmbH, Aachen

Priavoid GmbH, Jülich

Winners: Sphairlab GmbH, BlackDrop Biodrucker GmbH, Priavoid GmbH, Award Ceremony

Bildrechte: BioRiver e.V., Fotograf: Bernd Lauter