2016 BioCap Pitching Competition Winner Announced


Bionow are delighted to announce The Research Network as the winner of the 2016 BioCap Company Pitching Competition.

The Research Network, who are developing EmstoPA, a humanised antibody fragment for the treatment of bleeding complications in patients who have received the clot buster tPA, presented their pitch for investment to a panel of judges at the BioCap Conference on Thursday 29th September at Alderley Park.The judges also highly commended presentations from Microbiosensor and Nutriss.

The event is organised by Bionow in partnership with RSM, Appleyard Lees and Slater Heelis and is sponsored by Manchester Science Partnerships.

Head judge Gareth King from Catapult Ventures said “I am extremely grateful to my fellow judges Jim Green from Seroba, Simon Graindorge from IP Group, Oliver Sexton, from Midven and Kath Mackay from Innovate UK. We found the quality of all the pitches to be extremely high and found it difficult to select a winner but The Research Network application just edged it.”

The BioCap Company Pitching Competition is a fantastic opportunity for companies who are seeking to secure investment to present to the international life science investment community, more than 60 of whom were present at the event.

In total more than 200 delegates attended the event making this the largest and only gathering focused on life science investment in the North of England. The event has been running for 5 years and has successfully brought together international investors and companies resulting in greater funding into companies in the North of England.

Geoff Davison, CEO of Bionow said “We are delighted in the quality of the pitching applications received and congratulate The Research Network. BioCap was conceived nearly 6 years ago to increase the visibility of the fantastic life sciences opportunities in the North and the numbers and quality of investors now attending the event mean that all the hard work has been worth it.”

The 10 competition finalists who pitched at the conference were:-
· CellCap Technologies
· Cellulis
· Microbiosensor
· Neotherix
· Newcells Biotech
· Nutriss
· Parkure
· Rapid Rhythm
· Sapient Sensors
· The Research Network

About Bionow
Bionow is the life-sciences membership organisation for the North of England and supports business growth, competitiveness and innovation within the biomedical and life science sectors. Bionow’s membership offering focuses upon the specific needs of firms at their different stages of development, including dedicated business support programmes, shared procurement schemes with significant cost savings, exclusive insurance benefits, recruitment and training services, local and national events and access to a vibrant network of businesses.