Together for innovation.

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. A focus on IT for life science specialists.



From Bio-Business-Dialog to the networking events of LifeScienceNet and beyond – 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. During our events you are invited to make valuable contacts with our experts and become part of the BioRiver network.

BioRiver Boost!

At BioRiver Boost!, the competition for start-ups for best business contacts, young companies and founding projects from the life sciences industry present their technologies to reknowned industry experts.
In 2023 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of BioRiver Boost!. It’s best to take part now!



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

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

are the most important arguments for becoming a BioRiver start-up member.


Corporations are the giant tankers 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 can build direct connection with start-up teams from all over Germany and Europe. With your support, we bring the life sciences to future success.


Firms in biotechnology are subject to constant change. No sooner have they outgrown their infancy than the question of a merger & acquisition arises often. . Few companies remain small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In the BioRiver you will meet entrepreneurs with whom you can exchange and business topics at eye level. Together with your colleagues, you will 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. During our networking events e.g. LifeScience Net Meeting cooperation are fostered when experts from business and science present their findings and technologies together.


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 at events, offer events at the universities that are aimed to foster collaborations with the industry or open career ways outside the academia respectively. We provide expert knowledge to life science founders, and work closely with the start-up centers of at the member universities and research institutions.


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Application period 01.06.2023 – 15.08.2023