SPARK Entrepreneurial Forum

Dr. Matthias Krings (Catenion)

Value Assessment: "How to value a company or a project"

When an R&D project moves along the development pathway, science eventually meets business and questions arise concerning valuation and market value of the project. This is particularly critical for projects that require external and VC funding and move to form startups. But how is such a project/ a company valued, particularly after maturing to become a late-stage R&D pharmaceutical project?

April 25th, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM | Virchowweg 6, CCO Fenster der Wissenschaft| Announcement flyer

WHS Startup Track 2017 Welcomes Applications

International Pitch for Startups in Healthcare at the World Health Summit in Berlin

How is healthcare going to change? What ideas, devices and therapies represent the future of the field? International health startups are encouraged to apply for the WHS Startup Track 2017.

German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe is the WHS Startup Tracks high patron. He will present awards to the winners on October 16.

From among all applicants, representatives from 25 startups will be invited to attend the World Health Summit 2017 in Berlin (October 15-17). 10 finalists will subsequently pitch their concepts to the jury and international WHS audience from science, politics, the private sector, and civil society on October 16.

Members of the jury:

Kai Uwe Bindseil, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology

Jutta Klauer, Pfizer Germany

Shari Langemak, Medscape Germany

Markus Mschenich, Flying Health

Anne Kjaer Riechert, ReDI School of Digital Integration

Renate Radon, Microsoft Germany

Oliver Schenk, German Ministry of Health

Ute E. Weiland, Deutschland Land der Ideen


Monday, October 16, 12:45-13:45 at the World Health Summit

Award ceremony:

Monday, October 16, 19:00 at the World Health Summit with Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe

Open now!| Deadline: June 30 |Information and Application


conhIT - Connecting Healthcare IT, Europes leading event for Health IT, celebrates its tenth anniversary taking place from the 25th to the 27th of April 2017 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Along the entire value chain it shows how modern IT can improve healthcare quality and support institutions in competition.

At the conhIT manufacturers and users as well as representatives from politics and scientific institutions find out about the latest industry developments, share information and learn from each others experiences. The complete range of Health IT is presented at conhIT. All trade visitors are able to intensify their business contacts and expand their knowledge. 

April 25th - 27th, 2017 | Messe Berlin | Link

conhIT Business Meetings

Registration until April 20th, 2017 

April 26th, 2017 | Messe Berlin | Registration.


SingularityU Germany Summit 2017

"This time, our summit will not only have a new series of themes and speakers, but also a creative new summit format, which will make it highly attractive for both our old and new attendees.

SingularityU Germany Summit is designed to transfer an understanding of the strategic relevance of disruptive technologies in an era of extraordinary innovation. Solving the worlds biggest challenges are best achieved if every individual makes a contribution. Thats why we aim to ensure that a thematic diversity is part of the learning, innovation and community experience we deliver.

We are committed to fostering a dialogue and to help crafting joint courses of action in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On both days of the summit, we will be mutually learning from our SU speakers and local experts about the latest trends and cutting-edge developments in the areas of Exponential Organizations, The Future of Work, Mobility in 2025, Space Technologies, Finance of Tomorrow, 3D Printing & Manufacturing, Networking & Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Life Sciences & Digital Health. Beyond traditional talk sessions, innovative and interactive new formats such as deep-dive sessions are also to be expected."

May 3rd - 4th, 2017 | bcc Berlin Congress Center| Link.


Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit 2017

Global Challenges of Healthcare

Join us at the Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities in healthcare today! 
Every year, more than 400 guests meet in Germany's capital Berlin in order to discuss with international experts the latest developments and trends as well as important new subjects within healthcare. 

The 10th Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit, an international forum for entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians, investigators and business heads, will take place on May, 8th and 9th 2017 at Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. For the first time, Stiftung Charité will organize the Summit in cooperation with Berlin Institute of Health. 
The 2017 Summit agenda will feature highly relevant topics, such as the digitalization of Health Care, value-based healthcare, social entrepreneurship and chronic diseases. Furthermore, hot topics in economy and science will be discussed.

Registration opens January 2017

May 8th - 9th 2017 | Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin| Link


BIONNALE Speed Lecture Award 2017

You are able to present your scientific idea in 3 minutes in a layman´s language?
You are a young researcher sitting on a great discovery, application or invention in biotech and life sciences?
Our expert public of around 800 scientists and entrepreneurs would like to hear from you! For thetenth year in a row, the HealthCapital – healthcare industries cluster Berlin-Brandenburg – and the Interest Group Biotechnology of the German Association of Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies (vfa bio) are awarding the BIONNALE Speed Lecture Award!

Get a coaching from The Pitch Doctor Christoph Sollich on May 8, 2017 on how to do a brilliant pitch as a finalist.

Prize Money
As the winner of our Speed Lecture Award on May 17, 2017 save your prize of

  • 1,000€ for first place,
  • 500€ for second place,
  • 300€ for third place

A jury consisting of carefully selected regional experts and decision makers in life sciences will select the finalists. The evaluation criteria are originality, relevance and the presentation of the idea. The finalists will present their Speed Lecture at the XV BIONNALE | May 17, 2017 |Ludwig Erhard Haus Berlin.

May 8th & 17th, 2017 | Berlin | Announcement



Digital Future 2017

The global conference celebrating the birthday of computing where it all began: in Berlin.

Up to 100 researchers of Berlins scientific institutions and their German and international partners will feature their innovations in keynotes and 3-minute presentations in a single day. The event takes place on the occasion of the anniversary of the computer: on May 12, 1939 Konrad Zuse presented the first digital computer "Z3" in Berlin. The event will be held in English.

May 12th, 2017 | Kosmos Berlin| Link


I, Scientist 2017

The conference on gender, career paths and networking.

I, scientist is a conference for students and young researchers in the natural sciences and mathematics. We warmly encourage participants of all genders to join the conference!

The conferences mission is to
  • increase the visiblity of female role models
  • raise the awareness of subconscious gender-based prejudices
  • introduce young scientists to a variety of career options
  • provide the opportunity to network and exchange experiences.

May 12th - 14th, 2017 | Henry Ford Building, FU Berlin| Link


LABVOLUTION with Life Sciences Event BIOTECHNICA 2017

LABVOLUTION is a leading international trade show for laboratory technology and equipment in all its many shapes and forms, focusing on innovative products and services, "Laboratory 4.0" and digitalization.

Its exhibition section encompasses technology, equipment and infrastructure for all types of laboratories - research, analysis, production and teaching. Companies from all around the world go to LABVOLUTION to do business with lab tech customers from Northern Europe.

Although still a relatively young show - 2017 will be only its second season -  LABVOLUTION provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of laboratory technology and targets users from a wide range of backgrounds, including the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology/life sciences, environmental protection and food sectors.

BIOTECHNICA is an international trade show for biotechnology and life sciences. By bringing the biotech research and industrial communities together at one location, it functions as a catalyst for new technologies.

Exhibition program:

  • Laboratory technology and infrastructure (incl. lab automation, robotics, digitalization/big data, biolab technology, biotechnology)
  • Instrumental analytical chemistry (incl. bioanalytical chemistry)
  • Reagents, chemicals and consumables
  • Measurement and control systems
  • Quality control
  • Applications and processes
  • Specialist services

LABVOLUTION comprises four main sections:

  • smartLAB Dubbed "the intelligent lab of the future," the smartLAB display is one of the big highlights of LABVOLUTION. It features a unique offering of showcases staged in a specially designed model of an intelligent laboratory plus a quality lineup of forums and conferences.
  • The BIOTECHNICA Forum is an ideal platform for a scientific exchange and the discussion of topical issues and areas of state-of-the-art technologies.
  • LabUSER Exhibitors' Forum This is a special platform where exhibitors can present their products and applications and offer education and training programs ( Download information for exhibitors )
  • 3D-Printing in Science Conference This event brings together the leading lights of lab automation. Highlights include world-class keynote speakers and presentations by leading experts.

May 16th-18th, 2017 | Deutsche Messe, Hannover| Link | Flyer


The largest networking event for life sciences and healthcare industries in the German capital region.

We invite you to join us for a day of informative talks and new contacts at an emerging event with an outstanding reputation.

Representatives from academia and industry attend the annual event to identify, engage and enter into strategic partnerships. The networking character is one strength of the multi-sessional, international event which was attended by more than 800 participants in 2016. BIONNALE 2017 will again focus on biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical technology. Cross-sector co-operation is the key word for the HealthCapital region.

What to expect?

  • Conference program with insights into the Life Sciences in Berlin-Brandenburg
  • Partnering opportunities with an organized and web-based matchmaking system
  • Cooperation track including company presentations
  • Industry exhibition to present your products and services
  • Evening reception including the Speed Lecture Award
  • Science & Sights Tour to Berlin-Buch for delegates outside of HealthCapital Berlin-Brandenburg (*May 16th 2017)

May 17th, 2017 | Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin| Link

Perspectives in Molecular Pharmacology: 25 Years FMP


June 1st - 2nd, 2017 | Campus Berlin-Buch, Robert-Rössle-Str. 10| Poster

Oxford Global: 18th Annual Drug Discovery Summit

The conference will focus on  Discovery Chemistry: Latest Case Studies and Novel Approaches on Drug Design.

June 12th - 13th, 2017 | Hotel Palace Berlin | Link


BioBusiness Summer School

Do you consider to make a transition from the academia to the industry? Or do you want to gain a better understanding of BioBusiness, broaden your network or even start your own company?

Join BioBusiness Summer School and find out what the fascinating world of BioBusiness has to offer! The next BioBusiness Summer School consists of a unique five day interactive program that covers a wide spectrum of business aspects of Life Sciences, combined with a line-up of world-class speakers.

June 26th - 30th, 2017 | Amsterdam & Leiden | Link



September 6th - 9th, 2017 | Berlin Campus Buch, Gläsernes Labor | Link | Flyer



Realtime PCR and Digital PCR

Two-day Workshop

September 14th - 15th, 2017 | Berlin Campus Buch, Gläsernes Labor

6th International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering

We are pleased to announce the 6th International Conference on Biotechnology and Bioengineering combined with 2017 International Conference on Advances in Biomedicine and Biomedical Engineering will be held during September 26-28, 2017 in Offenburg, Germany.

Aims and Scope

The main objective of this conference is to bring people together from diverse disciplines to review progress and to exchange ideas in all aspects of biotechnology and bioengineering, with topics ranging from New Approaches and Concepts in Biotechnology; Cell & Cancer Immunology; Genomics and Molecular Biology; Enzyme and Protein Engineering; Biomedicine & Pharmaceutical Biotechnology; Bioinformatics and Systems Biology; Biomedical engineering, Biomedical techniques & technologies and other related aspects. The conference is therefore purposely broad to cover all aspects of biotechnology and bioengineering, a unique combination that is highly appreciated by the participants.

Why attend
The conference is designed to promote interactive discussions at both the talks and poster sessions, and will feature a mix of invited speakers drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and will bring together international basic, translational and clinical scientists and physicians from academics to industry. Given the excellent line up of speakers and the meetings outstanding reputation, this is a must attend for anyone interested in cutting edge research in biotechnology and bioengineering.

After peer review and author's intention, selected papers will be considered for publishing in international journal with ISSN and DOI, and will be submitted to major databases for index.

After the conference, there will be the "Ortenau Wine Festival" in Offenburg on Sep. 29. Moreover, if participants prefer, we will organize activities for academic investigation to Strasbourg, France; and/or visiting the European Molecular Biology Laboratory-Heidelberg ,etc.
Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the conference. 

September 26th - 28th, 2017 | Offenburg| Link | Flyer

Basic CRISPR/Cas: Fundamentals and Practical Applications

 Single-day Workshop

October 13th 2017 | Berlin Campus Buch, Gläsernes Labor | Link


Deutsche Gründer- und Unternehmertage 

October 13th - 14th, 2017 | ARENA Berlin | Link


World Health Summit 2017

The World Health Summit is the annual conference of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Through the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health, it is organized in collaboration with national academies of science in 97 countries.

The World Health Summit aims to improve health all over the planet, catalyzing that process through collaboration and open dialogue, and steering tomorrows agenda to improve research, education, healthcare, and policy outcomes.

The WHS brings together researchers, physicians, key government officials, and representatives from industry as well as from NGOs and healthcare systems all over the world to address the most pressing issues facing every facet of healthcare and medicine in the upcoming decade and beyond.

The World Health Summit is built on the stable foundation of academic excellence provided by the M8 Alliance and has strong political support from a variety of partners at global, national and state levels.

Main Goals and Partnership Assets

  • Bring together all stakeholders at the level of equals
  • Establish a unique and sustainable high-level forum and network
  • Help define the future of medicine, research and healthcare
  • Find answers to major health challenges both today and tomorrow
  • Make global recommendations and set health agendas worldwide

    October 15th - 17th, 2017 | Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a, 10243 Berlin| Link

    BIO-Europe 2017 Berlin

    Business Partnering Conference organized by EBD Group.

    "We offer powerful opportunities for you to network with the right partners and bring together hundreds of the world’s most innovative leaders across biotech, finance and pharma for high-level networking, pre-scheduled partnering meetings, strategic panel discussions and more."

    November 6th - 8th, 2017 | Berlin| Link.


    Enterprise Simulation by Fraunhofer Venture

    Workshop covering the Spin-off-Cycle.

    Registration until August 31st, 2017 

    November 7th - 9th, 2017 | Hohenkammer | Link

    Basic Course: Good Manufacturing Practice 

    90 lessons - 5 x Weekend Seminar (Friday-Sunday)

    November 10th - December 10th 2017, 2:00 PM | Berlin Campus Buch, Gläsernes Labor | Link | Flyer


    Frontiers Health

    After an extremely successful 2016 run, Frontiers Health will be back in Berlin on November 16-17 2017. What will #fh2017 be like?

    November 16th - 17th, 2017 | Berlin | Link