ZCube announces the second edition of Open Accelerator, the international call for ideas for life sciences startups

on 10 April 2017

Milan, April 10, 2017 – ZCube, Research Venture of the pharmaceutical group Zambon, announced today the launch of the second edition of Open Accelerator, the made-in-Italy fast track acceleration program dedicated to projects in life science fields.

Open Accelerator is a 12-steps program providing training to international researchers, scientists and aspiring entrepreneurs that following a selection could receive a seed investment of up to a maximum of Euro 100.000 for each project.

The call for ideas will be open until 16 July 2017 and it covers four main areas of interest:

  • Drug delivery systems (systems that allow better drug delivery either through particles or devices);
  • Open source prototyping: medical devices, biomarkers, diagnostics (Instruments and devices that allow safe and effective treatment, rehabilitation, prevention and diagnosis of diseases);
  • Wearables and digital health (technological solutions through wearable devices that improve the cure of diseases; technological platforms or mobile applications that offer new solutions to improve patient’s health)
  • Big data (projects related to the data analysis and solutions to improve medical treatment, develop personalized medicine, identify new markers for early diagnosis and that reduce healthcare costs).

"For many years ZCube has been committed to developing partnerships in the field of scientific research through an open approach which aims at establishing relationships with international researchers, centers of excellence and universities around the worlddeclares Elena Zambon, President of Zambon SpaOpen Accelerator is an evolution of ZCube created to sustain scientific and digital innovation, the latter being a great agent of change of our times especially in the healthcare sector ".

The program is available through the website http://www.openaccelerator.it. A maximum of 30 projects will be selected to participate in the acceleration program that offers training andsupport by mentors and specialized advisors, including entrepreneurs, business angels, venture capitalists and experts from different areas.

The acceleration path is open to researchers and scientists that have the ambition to conduct translational science. The program will be based on the established methodology of the Business Model Canvas that has been adopted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) in the United States.

Moreover, ZCube has recently signed a partnership with IAB - Italian Angels for Biotech, the first association of business angels exclusively dedicated to Life Sciences- and Innogest, a leading venture capital fund operating in Italy and in Europe. Advisors from IAB and Innogest, along with other international experts, will participate in the acceleration path providing mentorship and advisory to guide startuppers through the business model creation and and go-to-market strategy development. At the end of the program the most innovative ideas could receive a seed investment of up to Euro 100.000, which will serve as an important catalyst to enter the market.

"Open Accelerator is an arena in which researchers and entrepreneurs are helped to build the foundation of their startups and to prepare for the challenge of reaching out to venture capital that will finance the next stages of their projects” concludes Elena Zambon “Our accelerator program will become the heart of Open Zone, the scientific campus located near Milan where science oxygenates business. Open Zone is a community of 600 people where new projects, talents and proven expertise come together to help affirming the role of Italy as an ideal country for business innovation. "

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