The 3rd edition of BioUpper is now concluded.

The program dedicated to startuppers in the Life Sciences

Call for ideas

We support science, health and good ideas.

Anant, PATCH and Quickly Pro: these are the winners of the third edition of BioUpper, that ended on Thursday, January 17, at the Ministry of Economic Development. Each winning team received a voucher for € 180,000 to be invested in the development of their idea.


The BioUpper Call for Ideas closed on June 17, 2018. The BioUpper third edition received 158 applications for the Call For Ideas and 52 for the Call for Scale.


Call for Ideas


The three winning teams will have access to the go-to-market phase, a customized path that will prepare them for the final BioUpper event: the presentation of their company to potential investors during the Investor Day, planned for May 2019.

Call for Scale


The Call for Scale closed last October. The 4 selected initiatives Brain Control, SurgiQ, D-eye and Imaginary attended the Match Making Day and promoted their projects with relevant stakeholders.

What is BioUpper

BioUpper is the first Italian Life Sciences platform that supports the best entrepreneurial projects through a structured approach providing access to trainings, resources and relationships within the innovation ecosystem and the medical/scientific sector. The goal of BioUpper is to support the best projects in order to transform them into actual business initiatives, thus actively contributing to the economic development of the Country and promoting youth employment.

BioUpper is an initiative of Novartis, Fondazione Cariplo and IBM Italia.

Launch Video

Watch the video to see what’s new in the third edition of BioUpper.


The third edition offers important new features for Life Sciences researchers, startuppers and innovators:
two parallel paths, named Call for Ideas and Call for Scale.

Call for ideas

Do you want to transform an idea into a business?

This call is intended for researchers, young talents and all those who plan and dream to translate an idea into a business venture, with the aim of helping them to develop and present innovative product or process projects in the Life Sciences.

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Call for scale

Have you already launched a company and are you looking for ways to boost your business?

This call is intended for established companies with the aim to support their growth through collaboration with public and private enterprises operating in the health and hospital sector.

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