Bio4Dreams, a certified incubator of very early-stage innovative startups dedicated to Life Sciences, has recently closed an equity crowdfunding round raising €2.4 million.
The campaign, launched on Crowdfundme, involved 122 investors, all, evidently, with high financial means, as the minimum investment was €10,000.
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Bio4Dreams – An Italian incubator dedicated to life science
Bio4Dreams operates by incubating startups operating in the Life Science segments (pharmaceutical industry, biotech, diagnostics, e-health, and medical devices) to which it offers expertise and networks, as well as making targeted investments in the most promising ones.
The issuer currently owns a diversified portfolio of 12 investee startups or SMEs that registers a 6x appreciation between 2018 and 2022, with a total estimated present value of about 58 million, of which 8 million are the shares held by Bio4Dreams.
In less than 5 years of operation, the company has built an ecosystem across 11 locations in national territories and 6 international areas. And, to date, more than 1,200 projects have been evaluated and 38 startups and SMEs incubated, including 12 investees.
The goal of Bio4Dreams, is to industrialize the innovation process, creating a world-class ecosystem capable of structuring the development path of a new venture, from idea to market.
The ecosystem includes internationally renowned industrial partners such as Janssen Cilag S.p.A. – Johnson & Johnson Group, Chiesi Farmaceutici, Dompé Farmaceutici, MSD and Dedalus, and scientific partners such as EO – European Institute of Oncology (Milan) and I. R.C.C.S. Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi (Milan), Ca’ Foscari University (Venice), University of Genoa (Genoa), University of Pécs (Pécs – Hungary) and Jagiellonian University (Krakow – Poland).
The main strategic projects of Bio4Dreams
Among the activities of Bio4Dreams, the “Innovation CircleTM” and “SharedLabsTM” projects assume particular importance.
Innovation CircleTM represents a new approach to technology transfer in the Life Sciences that takes the form of a physical and virtual space in which actors from the innovation chain, technology transfer, industry, and finance are directly involved to promote startups by pooling resources, expertise, and networks. The project is mainly delineated around five thematic areas: therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, regenerative medicine, and AI.
SharedLabsTM are shared research labs, organized and equipped by function, which can be used on-demand by startups for necessary scientific validation activities. The spaces are not physically divided among the startups that will use them but are organized and equipped in modules by research scope and function: sensors, biomaterials, molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
The Labs are also characterized by a very high degree of integrability: the startups themselves, should they be equipped with particular equipment, can share these technologies through commercial agreements, thus reducing any downtime and redistributing costs. The project is based at MIND – Milano Innovation District (former Expo Area), the new international citadel of innovation.
A significant portion of the capital raised will be used to invest in an additional 12 new startups as well as in the startups and SMEs already involved (follow-on).
In addition, investments have already been made in innovation hubs such as MIND – Milano Innovation District that needs expansion both of dedicated office space and shared research labs for startups and for the development of Bio4Dreams’ corporate structure.
Finally, investments are planned in internationalization activities targeted mainly in the United States and Eastern Europe.
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