Expert network and industry association

BioRiver is the association of the life science and biotech industry and its stakeholders in one of Europe’s leading life science and biotechnology clusters, the Rhineland metropolitan region in North Rhine-Westphalia. What we offer: Exchange at eye level with and for entrepreneurs and experts. Networking meetings with current research and development in industry and science. Start-up support, consulting, coaching and start-up competition BioRiver Boost! Concepts for the future of the biotech industry. Focus on IT for life science specialists.



From Bio-Business-Dialog to LifeScienceNet – at top-class events you have the opportunity to meet important minds in the industry and exchange ideas.


As part of BioRiver, you will benefit from a strong network that is professionally and politically engaged in the biotech and life science sector. Choose to make valuable contacts and be part of it! Make a decision for valuable contacts and be there!

BioRiver BOOST!

At River Boost!, the competition for start-ups, young companies from biotechnology and life science present their technologies. Great prizes await. It’s best to take part now! Great prizes await. It’s best to join in now!



BioRiver offers a life science specific startup network from the approximately 150 applicants to BioRiver Boost! since 2014 and approximately 100 other startups and founding teams.

// Visibility in the industry
// Exchange of experience
with experienced managers
// Access to capital

are the most important arguments for becoming a BioRiver start-up member, which is also free of charge for winners of the BioRiver Boost! 1 – 3 years free of charge.


Corporations are the giant tanker and start-ups the speedboats? With a BioRiver membership, you promote life science specific innovations that advance your business development. You exchange ideas with internationally renowned scientists. In the BioRiver Board you will meet international opinion leaders in biotechnology from North Rhine-Westphalia. As a member of the BioRiver Boost! jury, you will have a direct view of start-up teams from all over Germany and Europe. With your support, we bring the life sciences into the future.


Companies in biotechnology are subject to constant change. No sooner have they outgrown their infancy than the question of a sale arises. Few companies remain small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In the BioRiver you will meet entrepreneurs with whom you can exchange ideas at eye level. Together, you bring your issues to the attention of politicians. In addition to SMEs, BioRiver members include former spin-offs that are now subsidiaries of international parent companies. The BioBusinessDialog brings together the business leaders of all ventures. In the open network meeting, business and science present together. (LifeScience Net Meeting).


The life sciences sector has a special obligation to the general public. BioRiver therefore makes a special effort to engage science and industry in a stronger dialogue and to support technology transfer and start-up activities. Specifically, we provide a platform for scientists in events, offer events at the universities aimed at collaborations with industry, are available as experts for the needs of life science founders, and work closely with the start-up centers of the member universities.


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