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Life Sciences & Agriculture

Ensuring a healthier, more sustainable World.

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A world with a healthy and sustainable population and environment is the focus of the Pioneers Ecosystem “Life Sciences & Agriculture.” This ecosystem is changing how we deploy biology and biomaterials as well as digital technologies and hardware to medicine, healthcare and food. In the fields of life sciences and agriculture, scientists are developing a world where everyone can manage their lifestyle with personal health trackers, with synthetic printed meat, or with natural tissue regeneration. Innovations that can keep us full of life in an ever changing world.


These Industries will be disrupted in Life Sciences & Agriculture

Agriculture

Food

Health Care

MedTech & Devices

Pharmaceuticals

Pioneers Ecosystem expert

Ryan Bethencourt

Ryan is a biotech entrepreneur, investor and one of the founders of the biohacker movement. He’s currently the Program Director and Venture Partner at IndieBio and has invested in over 43 early stage biotech startups. He was a speaker for Pioneers Festival 2014 and is also one of our experts for the Life Sciences & Agriculture ecosystem.

Watch his keynote at PF14

Pioneers of Life Sciences & Agriculture

Highlighted Speakers from Pioneers Festival

Rob Leclerc

AGFUNDER

Rob Leclerc

AGFUNDER

An entrepreneur and venture capitalist, with several years experience in global agriculture.

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Carina Namih

HELIXNANO

Carina Namih

HELIXNANO

A true health-tech entrepreneur; responsible for health care trends, which will ultimately transform our lives.

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Daniel Kraft

Singularity University

Daniel Kraft

Singularity University

Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator.

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Life Sciences Forum

7 Ecosystems – 7 Sessions

A new format at Pioneers Festival 2016. Follow the pitches of leading startups in each respective session, get informed about Corporate-Startup collaboration and discover new hot topics. Ecosystem Forum also provides great networking opportunities to build relevant business relationships with participants interested in the respective ecosystem.

Life Sciences Forum
May 25, 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

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Recommended for corporates, investors, and startups equally. Startups up to 10M funding please contact our partnership team if you want to pitch and exhibit.

Pioneers500

Meet the 500 most promising early-stage tech startups. Check out the 10 finalists from this ecosystem and find the full list here .

Sothic Bioscience

We are producing a replacement for a ultra high value sterility testing product that is the foundation of safety in medicine and pharmaceutical industry. Without our in-house tech, the only source for this reagent is the (blue!) blood of horseshoe crabs. This endangered species can not be bred in captivity and is only found at the US North Coast. Even at current harvest rates, the production is unsustainable - and demand is going to grow by 100% in the next 5 years. Our bio-identical replacement product will make the pharma/medical sector independent of seasonal and geographic harvesting restrictions, allow further scaling of production and create new market segments.

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MindMate LTD

MindMate provides an app-based platform, which helps people who live with dementia, their families & carers, to manage their condition and maintain their independence.

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Dust BioSolutions

Dust BioSolutions turns dust into stone. We’re an industrial biotech start-up from Munich/Germany that has developed proprietary technologies based upon a natural cementation process (microbiologically induced calcite precipitation). Our technology is incorporated into a liquid that looks like a beer. If you pour it over any permeable material, it’s surface will get solidified. Illustration: Pour it over a sandy beach and after 6 hours it will be solid like paved. Our first product family offers several industries (e.g. mining and construction) a customized solution to control airborne dust more cost-efficiently and environmentally friendly than existing alternatives.

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Neuron Guard

Neuron Guard is a life-saving medical device with the potential to revolutionize the treatment of brain damages and improve the life of millions of patients, with significant reduction of healthcare costs. It is made of a disposable cooling collar and a control unit, capable of achieving and maintaining a level of therapeutic hypothermia of the head district directly on the site of the event. In fact, rapidly cooling the brain significantly reduces the extension of the damage. Our vision is to have a Neuron Guard kit in every public place just like the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) to empower bystanders to immediately react to an emergency. Under this perspective the Neuron Guard device becomes a connected-intelligent device that not only takes care of the patient but also connects the scene with the Emergency Response System, transmitting vital data to improve the readiness and effectiveness of professional intervention.

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Infarm

INFARM’s core innovation is a smart vertical farming building block. It is built with perfect synergy between hardware and software, creating far greater production efficiency than any other technology in the market, while simplifying the process of farming.

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Exovite

Immobilization system: consists of a 3D scanner capable of modeling the exact image of the patient’s limb, and through an exclusive software, generates a personalized custom made splint that is printed by an unique 3D printer. Printing the patient’s immobilization system lasts just 30 seconds. Rehabilitation system: consists of a low frequency electrostimulator that due to the splint’s special shape may be used after two weeks of immobilization, and a software that allows the doctor to pause and monitor the treatment from a distance and the patient to follow it from home with maximum comfort and permanent contact with the doctor.

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xbird

Our first App Mindabout automatically collects smartphone-data and: ✓Assesses individual burnout risk ✓Explains influence factors that affect users’ health ✓Enables users to adapt behavior ✓Increases users’ health by changing health awareness

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Polywed

Polywed is a healthcare information technology company developing the data-driven technology — BioChron — increasing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) success rates. We are providing fertility clinics with IT service that doubles the efficiency of infertility treatment by helping doctors with personalized treatment planning. According to the data of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the average IVF live birth rate is 27.0%. BioChron technology increases the average IVF live birth rate up to 60.2%. How does it work? 1. Doctor fills in the online form with the patient's data (OR data can be automatically imported from Health Information Management System). 2. Data processing is performed in the data center. 3. Result is ready in a few hours: it is the set of personalized recommendations, which can be used for better treatment planning. By today, BioChron technology has no comparable analogues. BioChron — Efficient. High-tech. Reliable.

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SUN bioscience

We created a high-throughput 3D cell culture platform combining microengineering with synthetic biomaterials to allow the growth of stem cell-derived organ-like tissues, called organoids. Using this platform we will develop assays and kits for HTS applications on organoids to understand patient variation in drug responses. We target pharamceutical companies to enable them to develop new and better drugs and clinics to define patient-tuned treatments, we call this diagnostic personalized medicine.

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Neurescue

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death with a survival at only 1 out 10. Neurescue is developing a new smart device to multiply this survival. The Neurescue device is a small, computer-controlled balloon catheter that redistributes the blood flow to the organs that need it the most. This enables many more hearts to come back and protects against brain damage. For a 2 min video intro: bit.do/neuneu. 40% of people aged 25-74 years die prematurely as a result of heart disease.

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X.GLU

The X.GLU is the world’s first battery-less smartphone enabled glucose meter. The X.GLU offers reliable glucose level measurements with single-use strips in a device which is designed in credit card format. The device communicates and is powered using NFC. Thus, is does not require any batteries, which makes the device maintenance-free. The data is securely transferred to the smartphone app where it can be stored and analyzed in the cloud to provide instant feedback about the treatment process.

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All Pioneers500 startups will also participate in the Pioneers Challenge, competing to become Pioneer of the year. The hunt for the best is in partnership with:

For the first time really we’re discovering physicians are expressing much more openness and willingness to consider information about their patients coming from DIY devices.

—Ceci Connolly, Leader of PwC’s Health Research Institute

Life Sciences & Agriculture Videos

Ryan Bethencourt

A New Cambrian Era – Biotech 2.0

Pioneers Festival 2014

Tim Chang

Deep Dive – Building Humanity 2.0

Pioneers Festival 2015

Robert Clare & Adam Anders

Deep Dive – Agtech

Pioneers Festival 2015

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