BIO-X methodology – calls for proposals with strong industrial focus
The highly successful BIO-X methodology lives on today as an integral part of Uppsala BIO’s activities.
In 2004, Uppsala BIO started the Uppsala BIO-X program to stimulate so-called cross-functional collaborations. The program comprised calls for proposals and funding for selected projects. A significant 2011 program update increased the emphasis on the projects to have investable goals, clear commercial potential and be managed by strong teams capable of taking results from proof-of-concept to market.
Furthermore, teams and companies interested in BIO-X were given increased support for planning an application, optimising the selection process, and finally managing the two-year implementation when advisory boards and others supported projects via biannual reviews, etc., all of which helped selected projects to be carried through in a semi-industrial manner.
As of today, Uppsala BIO has invested about MSEK 70–80 into funded projects, which have a total funding of about MSEK 500. The BIO-X methodology remains an integral part of Uppsala BIO’s activities. The establishment of Testa Center is, for example, to a significant part based on BIO-X.
Financing: Uppsala BIO*
Project duration: 2004–
Contact: Malin Wiederholm, Uppsala BIO
Uppsala BIO’s role: Project leader
* Uppsala BIO’s core funding comes from the regional financiers Region Uppsala, SLU, Uppsala University and Uppsala Municipality, as well as from VINNVÄXT, a Vinnova-funded initiative.
Malin Wiederholm. Product Manager. “I am passionate about developing targeted innovation strategies, where market pull rather than technology push determines which innovations are funded and highlighted.”