Global Partner

Pictet

Pictet

Founded in 1805 in Geneva, Pictet & Cie is today one of Europe’s largest private banks, and the leading independent asset management specialist in Europe, with CHF 505 billion (EUR 429 billion) in assets under management and custody at March 2018. Pictet & Cie is a partnership owned and managed by seven partners with unlimited liability for the bank’s commitments. The Pictet Group, based in Geneva, employs more than 4100 staff. The group has offices in the following financial centres: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Stuttgart, Taipei, Turin, Tokyo and Zurich.

Host Partner 

Canton de Vaud

Canton de Vaud

The canton of Vaud is one of the main centers for research and innovation in Switzerland, with the largest academic and technology campus in the country and several research centers as well as internationally known industries, particularly in life sciences, micro-nanotechnologies, ICTs and cleantech. The Office for Economic Affairs (SPECo) is the official public organization that supports companies located within the canton of Vaud, especially those involved in sectors of advanced technology and industry. Indeed, SPECo advises entrepreneurs and puts them in contact with organizations that are appropriate to their specific needs. SPECo can also provide direct financial support.The canton of Vaud is one of the main centers for research and innovation in Switzerland, with the largest academic and technology campus in the country and several research centers as well as internationally known industries, particularly in life sciences, micro-nanotechnologies, ICTs and cleantech. The Office for Economic Affairs (SPECo) is the official public organization that supports companies located within the canton of Vaud, especially those involved in sectors of advanced technology and industry. Indeed, SPECo advises entrepreneurs and puts them in contact with organizations that are appropriate to their specific needs. SPECo can also provide direct financial support.

Gold Partner 

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson

The world’s premier consumer health company. The world’s largest and most diverse medical devices company. The world’s third-largest biologics company. And the world’s sixth-largest pharmaceuticals company. Caring for the world, one person at a time, inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace innovation—bringing ideas, products and services to life to advance the health and well-being of people around the world. We believe in collaboration, and that has led to breakthrough after breakthrough, from medical miracles that have changed lives, to the simple consumer products that make every day a little better. Our over 125,000 employees in 60 countries are united in a common mission: To help people everywhere live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Silver Partner 

Medtronic

Medtronic

Medtronic is the world’s largest medical technology company, offering an unprecedented breadth and depth of innovative therapies to fulfill our Mission of alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life. Last year, more than 9 million people benefited from our medical therapies, which treat cardiac and vascular diseases, diabetes, and neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

Orrick

Orrick

With more than 1,800 technology clients, Orrick is a leading global law firm renowned for its experience as a specialist adviser to high-growth technology companies and lead investors in the industry. We regularly advise industry leaders, from incubation through their strategic exit and other growth opportunities. We are able to offer diverse resources, including expert knowledge accrued from years of intimate work with founders, deep-rooted relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace. Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms. With 25 offices throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and an affiliated office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, our global footprint enables us to scale with our local emerging technology clients and offer seamless service as they grow and expand. We put our network to work for our clients - wherever they are in the world.

Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific Europe is the European branch of Boston Scientific Corporation, with offices in 19 countries and a market presence in 52 countries. We transform lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. As a global medical technology leader for more than 30 years, we advance science for life by providing a broad range of high performance solutions that address unmet patient needs and reduce the cost of healthcare. Our products and technologies are used to diagnose or treat a wide range of medical conditions, including heart, digestive, pulmonary, vascular, urological, women's health, and chronic pain conditions. We demonstrate continued commitment to meaningful clinical science by conducting carefully designed clinical studies and by sponsoring studies that seek tailored therapy options to optimize patient outcomes.

Bronze Partner 

Out2Bound

Out2Bound

Out2Bound is an on-demand sales-as-a-service agency that helps technology companies (software devеlopment, mobile, web, SaaS) to attract b2b clients and access new markets around the globe. We develop and execute outbound sales development strategies on behalf of technology companies to enrich their sales pipelines and as a result to start conversations with highly targeted potential new clients. Additionally, we test out new markets and validate the product or service-market-fit. We are able to both plug into the company as a remote sales team or support an existing sales team by enriching its sales pipeline. Our area of expertise is an intersection between sales consultancy & tactics. Out2Bound is a recognised partner of the World Health Organisation (WHO), EBRD-recognised tech sales consultancy and currently working with technology companies from the USA and Europe.

Bayer Business Services GmbH

Bayer Business Services GmbH

Bayer G4A, the Digital Health team at Bayer, is on a mission to empower people to manage their health and wellness in the digital era. G4A Startup Programs engage with the global external startup ecosystems, building a bridge between innovators and Bayer stakeholders. The team currently runs an early stage Accelerator program and a commercially focused, challenge-based Dealmaker program, in Berlin, as well as a self-care program in the US (Generator). In addition, G4A has franchises across the globe with STEM4Health meetups in over 33 countries (and counting) and variations of the core Accelerator program in different countries.

Constantin Pavléas Avocats

Constantin Pavléas Avocats

Constantin launched the firm in 2001 after having practiced with an American law firm and then as in-house counsel in a top tier French high tech company. The firm serves French and international clients of any size, principally in the technology and digital economy market space, such as pure-play software companies, design and technology vendors and semiconductor industries. The firm views its mission as a facilitator and a deal maker. An important focus for our team is to understand clients’ technology and business and in turn to propose business-oriented, pragmatic and creative solutions to their needs. In this context, we regularly attend trade shows and exhibitions, such as Trustech and World Mobile Congress. We are a dynamic team, prone to communication, challenge and diversity.

Almirall

Almirall

Almirall is a leading skin-health focused global pharmaceutical company that partners with healthcare professionals, applying Science to provide medical solutions to patients and future generations. Our efforts are focused on fighting against skin. We support healthcare professionals in its continuous improvement, bringing our innovative solutions where they are needed. The company, founded almost 75 years ago and with headquarters in Barcelona, ​​is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange (ticker: ALM). Almirall has become a key element of value creation to society, to understand their challenges and to provide them with solutions for real life.

Local Support Partner 

Biopôle

Biopôle

Biopôle is a life sciences community bringing together industry and academia, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It offers a world-class combination of infrastructure, added value services, living space and community engagement where partners can thrive and bring science to life. While it is open to all therapeutic areas, the main focus of Biopôle is on developing innovative solutions in the fields of oncology, immunology and personalised medicine. These solutions can cover a wide spectrum, from diagnostics to therapeutics, medical devices, nutrition and digital health. Biopôle works with both industry and academia to ensure that there is communal knowledge and appreciation of what projects they are pursuing and where there might be opportunities for synergies and collaboration. Biopôle SA, the management and promotion organisation for the park, was established in 2004 as a limited company by the public authorities of the Canton of Vaud. The organisation is led by an executive team and Board of Directors with an extensive track-record in life sciences. www.biopole.ch

Data Partner

PitchBook

PitchBook

PitchBook is the premier provider of data on the public and private equity markets. We arm our clients with unprecedented insight into the flow of capital across the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape to help them capitalize on opportunities in the private markets.

Support Partner 

Cukierman & Co Life Sciences

Cukierman & Co Life Sciences

Cukierman & Co. Life Sciences (CLS) is a leading specialized investment house delivering high quality, senior level advice to the global Life Sciences sectors, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare information technology.

Healthware

Healthware

Healthware is a next-generation integrated consulting group that for more than 20 years has been offering large companies and start-ups in the life sciences and insurance sectors a unique set of services and expertise in strategic consulting, communication, technology and innovation, to drive the digital transformation of health. Founded in Italy, it is led by CEO and founder Roberto Ascione, an international entrepreneur and opinion leader with 20 years of experience in marketing and communication, business process transformation and innovation applied to health. Healthware, together with its joint venture partner Intouch Group, represents one of the largest independent global player with a combined team of over 1,000 people and a strong international presence with offices in New York, Boston, Kansas City, Chicago, London, Cologne, Milan, Rome, Salerno and Mumbai.

Startup Health

Startup Health

For entrepreneurs who are transforming healthcare, StartUp Health Academy is a global, long-term coaching program and trusted peer network focused on increasing the equity value of its startups. Unlike traditional accelerators, StartUp Health Academy’s full-time team of entrepreneur coaches provide unparalleled programming and access to relationships for every stage of a company’s lifecycle