BIO-Europe® 2012 to be Held in Hamburg, Germany

“Gateway to the Nordic region” is ripe for dealmaking

<0> EBD GroupErin Righetti, +1 760-930-0500 </0>

EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the life science industry, will hold the 18 annual BIO-Europe® international partnering conference in Hamburg, Germany November 12–14, 2012 at the CCH Congress Center Hamburg. The 2011 event boasted 14,765 scheduled one-to-one meetings with 3,565 licensing opportunities posted from among 1,596 companies that attended. Partnering remains the core drug development strategy of big pharma and biotech in the current economy. Pharma’s most high-dollar dealmakers of 2012 (including Abbott, AstraZeneca, and Merck) with deals valuing over USD 1 billion* are already confirmed to attend.

As Europe’s largest partnering conference serving the global biotechnology industry, BIO-Europe® attracts the world’s top dealmakers from biotech, pharma and finance along with exciting emerging companies.

“The Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein region has a thriving life science sector that is internationally competitive,” said Carola Schropp, President of EBD Group. “Big pharma has a presence there, as well as new and innovative biotech and medtech companies with expertise ranging from implants and imaging technology, analytical and diagnostic products, and promising therapeutic agents, to world-class research and development. BIO-Europe will effectively showcase this expertise to an international delegation.”

This year’s event, in collaboration with Norgenta, is focused on opportunities for nordic and north German companies to expand into global relationships. Norgenta is the service agency of Hamburg and the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein, established to support life science activities in Northern Germany. “Life Science Nord” is the umbrella brand, under which the agency connects life science activities for different stakeholder groups to set up an internationally competitive cluster.

“Bio-Europe is a strategic event for the Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein regions because it will bring international life science business development right to our door,” said , Managing Director of Norgenta.

The 2012 conference is also collaborating with ScanBalt™ fmba, the BioRegion association comprised of health and life science based sectors in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Northern Germany, Northwestern Russia and Northern Netherlands (ScanBalt BioRegion). ScanBalt members will receive a discount of EUR 200 off the prevailing registration rate.

“ScanBalt is dedicated to promoting health and bio-economy in order to become a globally competitive macro-region and innovation market,” said , General Secretary of ScanBalt.

This year’s opening plenary features industry staple Chris Morrison of Elsevier Business Intelligence as moderator for “New Investment Models for Early Stage Development.” Speakers on the plenary include of TVM Life Science Management GmbH, and of Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, both of whom have done major deals this year.

Networking opportunities can begin before the conference starts by joining partnering360®, the open online network for life science dealmakers at . partnering360 helps delegates have a more productive experience leading up to and through the conference, and enables them to plan for upcoming events and grow their partnering network.

. Registration information for BIO-Europe can be found online at

EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group’s partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group’s conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:

EBD Group’s sophisticated web-based partnering service, , is also used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences all year long.

Outside of the conference format, EBD Group’s consultants provide hands-on assistance for firms seeking to in- or out-license products and technologies.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

For more information please visit

* per an article from Current Partnering [dot] com: