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EB Programs: Our Grant Programs

Unlock your molecule's potential.

We understand the challenges emerging biotech companies face in the quest to push the next generation of drugs to market. This is why we have developed our Advance Biotech Grant programs which occur on regular basis in different regions of the world. These programs allow grant recipients receive free products and services.

2020 US & Canada

Apply to our Advance Biotech Grant Program Today!

Your promising molecule requires resources and support to realize its potential. Our Advance Biotech Grant Program, 10th edition, is open for US and Canadian biotech companies, to help you unlock your molecule’s potential.

  • $160,000 in bioprocessing technologies and
  • $36,800 in bioprocess technologies consultation
    • Consultation on upstream process development
    • Media consultative services, including media consultation and data review
    • Bioservices spent media analysis tests
    • Consultative evaluation for downstream process optimization
    • Classroom based application trainings held in Burlington at M Lab™ Collaboration Center
  • $40,000 in the Actives and Formulation (A&F) catalog portfolio
  • $13,200 in a full subscription to the Emprove® Suite for one-year period

Two finalists will be awarded $10,000 worth of bioprocessing technologies and/or bioprocessing consultation.

Please submit your completed application before July 1, 2020. The Grand Prize winner will be announced in September 2020.

Excludes BioReliance® Services.

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2020 Europe

Congratulations Ali Salanti and VAR2 Pharmaceuticals team!

VAR2 Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company engaged in the design and development of proprietary therapeutic proteins targeting cancer-specific carbohydrate structures for multiple cancer indications. They have a portfolio of proteins with unique affinity and specificity for these cancer-associated carbohydrates for the development of treatments for cancers where there is no effective therapy, such as sarcoma, triple negative breast cancers and prostate cancer.

Additional congratulations to our semifinalists!

Our Advance Biotech Grant Program, 9th edition, is closed.

2019 Taiwan

Our Advance Biotech Grant Program in Taiwan

We have hosted our 6th edition, for Taiwanese biotech companies, to help accelerate molecules to the clinic faster.

First Prize
  • Mycenax Biotech Inc.
Second Prize
  • PharmaEssentia Corporation
BioReliance® End to End Special Prize
  • AbGenomics International, Inc.
BioReliance® End to End Excellence Prize
  • AnTaimmu BioMed Co., Ltd.

2019 China

Our Advance Biotech Grant Program in China

Apply now for a chance to win free process solution products and services; and/or process development support.

First Prize
  • Sound Biopharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.
Second Prize
  • Elpiscience Biopharma, Ltd.
Third Prize
  • HanX Biopharmaceuticals, INC.
BioReliance® End-to-End Excellence Prize
  • Hangzhou Sumgen Biotech Co., Ltd.

2018 - 2019 USA and Canada

Our 2019 Advance Biotech Grant Program for North America

We have hosted our 2019 Advance Biotech Grant Program for North American biotech companies, to help you accelerate to clinic faster.

The three grant recipients are:

  • RAFT Pharmaceuticals (San Diego, California), for its approach to treat chronic pain using a biologic to selectively inhibit neuroinflammation without affecting normal motor or sensory function.

  • Rubicon Biotechnology (Anaheim, California), for developing a therapeutic protein, Fv-Hsp72, designed to protect and salvage cells damaged from an acute event, such as traumatic brain injury.

  • TechnoVax Inc (Elmsford, New York), for developing a virus-like particle platform that facilitates the development and production of a range of vaccines targeting the prevention of respiratory diseases, hemorrhagic fevers, immunodeficiency and cancers.
In support of the growing biotech ecosystem, grant recipients receive between $40,000 and $100,000 in Merck products and process development support.

Read the Grant winner announcement

2018 - Europe

Our 2018 Advance Biotech Grant Program for Europe

We have hosted our 2018 Advance Biotech Grant Program, the 5th edition, for European* biotech companies, to help you accelerate to clinic faster.


  • GenoScience Pharma (France), to explore new agents such as GNS561 — a never-before-used mechanism-of-action in commercialized cancer treatments / anti-cancer drugs in the pipeline.

  • GlioCure (France), for developing an anti-tumor and neuroprotective peptide, GC01, to treat the most frequent and aggressive type of brain tumor, glioblastoma.

  • ResoTher Pharma (Denmark), to develop new medicines for cardiovascular and inflammatory disorders.
Each grant recipient has received between €50,000 and €100,000 in Merck products and services to help solve their challenges.

Read the Grant winner announcement

[*Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Austria, Spain, Sweden]

2016 - Europe


  • GeneQuine Biotherapeutics (first prize), for developing novel therapies for osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease with high unmet medical need
  • TILT Biotherapeutics (second prize), for enabling tumor T-cell therapy with oncolytic viruses.
  • Reneuron (third prize), for developing novel stem cell therapies targeting areas of significant unmet or poorly met medical need
  • Magnus Life Science (fourth prize), for funding, building and managing companies to translate innovative, curiosity driven science into therapeutics and devices that bring significant benefits to patients

Recipients received between €25,000 and €100,000 in technologies and services to accelerate therapeutics to market. View Press Release.

2015 - Asia


  • Beijing Biokey, for developing a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of fibriotic disease
  • Guangdong Jia Genetic Medicine Engineering Research Center, for developing novel therapies to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases
  • Hangzhou DAC Biotech, for developing antibody drug conjugates to treat cancer
  • Akeso Biopharma, for developing a pipeline of antibodies targeting cancer, cariovascular and immune diseases
  • Shanghai Mattel Biotechnology, for developing an innovative long acting fusion FVIII to treat hemophilia

Each grant recipient received 280,000 CNY in technologies and services.

2014 - USA


  • NGM Biopharmaceuticals, for developing biologics for the treatment of cardiometabolic conditions, bile acid-related disease, and potentially other diseases resulting from manifestations of cardiometabolic abnormalities and metabolic related cancers

NGM was awarded $89K in products and services. View Announcement.

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2018 Advance Biotech Grant Program

We understand the challenges biotech companies face in the quest to push their biological drug candidates to market. We hosted our 2018 Advance Biotech Grant Program, the 5th edition, for European biotech companies, to help you accelerate to clinic faster.

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Bringing your molecule to market. As part of our commitment to meet the needs of the life science community, we’ve developed several programs that recognize stand-out emerging biotech companies. These programs are designed to support biotech start-ups and medium sized companies in solving their current bioprocess development challenges to bring the next generation of molecules to market.

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