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Jun 1, 2022

SPARK Europe Webinar: Patentability of Life Science Invention

Are you working on an innovative technology and wondering if it is patentable in the EU or the States? And what are the differences in regulations between the European Patent office (EPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)?

In this webinar, Dr. Luke Buchanan, an experienced patent attorney, will shine light on the subtle differences of EU vs. US Patent law, utilizing a variety of real-world examples and teaching us:

  • Basic patentability requirements
  • Comparison between patent eligibility with the EPO and USPTO
  • Enablement Requirements for biotech inventions with the EPO and USPTO
  • Examples: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Inventions

Dr. Luke Buchanan is a European patent attorney, working for HERTIN & Partner since 2009 and offering comprehensive advice in all issues of European and international patent law, focusing on the areas of life science, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals.More information can be found on the attached flyer.

The webinars are open for all SPARKees, SPARK mentors, students and staff of SPARK associated organizations.

Wednesday, 1 June, 2022
16-17 (CET)

Register here! Registration to the webinar is required in advance. Please register on 31st May 2022 at the latest. Later registrations’ access cannot be guaranteed. There are limited number of places available and they will be filled in the order of registration.

This webinar is organized by SPARK-FLI.

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Jun 11, 2022 - Jun 15, 2022

CRS 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo (Montreal, CAN)

Controlled Release Society (CRS) 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo theme is “Advanced Delivery Science”, which reflects our focus on cutting-edge research and innovation across our strong discipline that will keep you up-to-date with new science and inspire new ideas.

Most importantly, this event will offer you the ability to meet in-person for the first time since 2019, to network, form friendships among your peers and foster new collaborations. We have a full and exciting program over the conference duration with highly prominent plenary talks, technical sessions covering a wide scope of topics, industry led workshops and technical forums.

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Jun 13, 2022 - Jun 16, 2022

BIO International Convention 2022 (San Diego, USA)

The BIO International Convention is back and in-person. Join us June 13-16 in San Diego, California for four exciting days of networking, programming, and partnering opportunities that will shape the future of our industry and celebrate the scientific discoveries transforming our world. Explore ‘LIMITLESS’ possibilities alongside thousands of global biotechnology and pharma leaders as we dive into topics such as business development, healthcare innovations, and the future of biotechnology.

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Jun 14, 2022 - Jun 16, 2022

HIMMS 2022 (Helsinki, FIN)

The HIMSS22 European Health Conference & Exhibition brings the European healthcare community back together digitally and in person in Helsinki, Finland from 14 to 16 June 2022. It will feature HIMSS’s knowledge, expertise and thought leadership in healthcare digitisation, and Accelerate Health’s network of entrepreneurs and investors showcasing the latest and most innovative health tech solutions.

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Jun 28, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022

Precision Medicine World Conference (Santa Clara, USA)

Precision Medicine World Conference 2022 is the largest precision medicine conference in the world. It gathers recognized leaders, top global researchers and medical professionals, plus innovators across healthcare and biotechnology sectors showcasing latest practical content that helps close the knowledge gap among different sectors and promotes cross-functional fertilization & collaboration to accelerate precision medicine.

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Sep 20, 2022


For the first time since the pandemic started, we are pleased to announce that the 9th Annual HealthTech Investment Forum (HTIF) will take place on the 20th of September 2022 at the Mövenpick Hotel Basel. The event will be part of the Sachs Autumn Life Sciences Week, which will also incorporate the 22nd Annual Biotech in Europe Forum.

The physical programme will consist of the usual panels and keynotes, which will be available on demand the week after. Additionally, there will be pre-arranged in-person meetings, live and on demand company showcases and a reception. The in-person event will be followed by an additional week of virtual meetings available through the audio/video online meeting system. We anticipate 300+ delegates drawn from Digital Health, MedTech/Device companies, banks, investors and advisors with part of the audience participating virtually.

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Sep 21, 2022 - Sep 22, 2022


For the first time since the pandemic started, we are pleased to announce that the 22nd Annual Biotech in Europe Forum (BEF) will take place In-Person on the 21st-22nd of September 2022 at the Mövenpick Hotel Basel. The event will be part of the Sachs Autumn Life Sciences Week, which will also incorporate the 9th Annual HealthTech Investment Forum.

The main programme for the 22nd Annual BEF is spread throughout 2 days and will feature more than 15 hours of high-level keynotes and panel discussions. In addition, there will be a global company showcase of 50+ presentations by established public, private, emerging and seed companies, offering innovative solutions and seeking investment and partnering opportunities. We anticipate 650+ delegates will register for the forum from all Life Sciences sectors, with the target audience being corporate and financial investors/partners, banks and advisors with part of the audience participating virtually.

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Sep 26, 2022 - Sep 27, 2022

Nordic Innovation Fair 2022 (Copenhagen, DEN)

Nordic Innovation Fair connects Nordic scientists with international investors and businesses.

Nordic Innovation Fair will showcase up to 120 business opportunities, offering a free and unique matchmaking and networking opportunity by bringing together all stakeholders across the innovation ecosystem. Researchers and spin-outs from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark will present their inventions with the aim of finding business opportunities for: licensing, co-development, research collaboration, funding and/or investment.

Deadline for Business Opportunity Abstract Submission is 30 May

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Sep 28, 2022 - Sep 29, 2022

Nordic Life Science Days 2022 (Malmö, SWE)

Nordic Life Science Days is the largest Nordic partnering conference dedicated to the life science industry. Since its inception in 2013, the event has nurtured a community of people from the world of life science, and created a unique place to do business.

Life science companies from the Nordics have the opportunity to apply to join the NLS Invest Rising Stars challenge to be held during NLSDays 2022. Nordic committee (including Nordic incubators, accelerators, qualified investors, and support organizations) will select 40 applicants to join NLSDays – at no cost.

On 28-29 September 2022, the 40 selected companies will attend NLSDays 2022 – at no cost – to pitch before our global investor community and NLSDays audience, as well as to access our unique partnering platform for face-to-face meetings with potential partners. 12 will be selected as finalists and 3 winners will be selected as NLSInvest 2022 Rising Stars Awardees during the NLSDays Closing Ceremony on 29 September 2022, during which they will receive their Awards and Prizes.

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Oct 24, 2022 - Oct 26, 2022

BIO-Europe 2022 (Leipzig, GER)

This “must-attend” event is Europe’s largest life science partnering conference. BIO-Europe’s world-class workshops, panels and active exhibition along with thousands of prescheduled one-to-one meetings make this event an unrivaled forum for companies across the biotech value chain to meet and do business.

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Nov 14, 2022 - Nov 17, 2022

MEDICA 2022 (Dusseldorf, GER)

The Medica is the world’s largest medical trade fair for medical technology, electromedical equipment, laboratory equipment, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. The fair takes place once a year in Dusseldorf and is open to trade visitors only. Annually Medica have had about 5600 exhibitors from 68 countries and more than 120.000 visitors from 176 countries.

Four days of full power, knowledge transfer and networking at the new digital interactive format of the world’s leading trade fair MEDICA. In the Conference Area, top-class lectures by renowned speakers will inform about topics related to medical technology, laboratory medicine, health IT, sports medicine and health policy.

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Showcase Event

Nov 16, 2022

SPARK Showcase Event 2022 (Helsinki, FIN)

We are proud to announce that his is the first ever large scale SPARK showcase event in Europe!

Event will bring SPARK alumni startups and  projects on stage telling about the cool solutions they have created and what is in the process, but also show to the world how exciting new projects are in the pipeline.

Target audiences for the event are professionals from industry, financing and healthcare, but also scientists, students, health care professionals, and of course the representatives of our enabling ecosystem.

Event place is Terkko at Meilahti Campus (Helsinki). Stay tuned for more information.


Nov 17, 2022 - Nov 18, 2022

SLUSH 2022 (Helsinki, FIN)

Slush is the world’s leading startup event connecting founders with what and whom they need while building a new, inclusive, and more purposeful culture of entrepreneurship.

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Nov 29, 2022 - Nov 30, 2022

BioFIT 2022 (Strasbourg, FRA)

With the highest attending rate of academics, TTOs and research institutions, BioFIT is the place where academia-industry collaborations get started. BioFIT has taken on a whole new dimension becoming the meeting point in Europe for tech transfer and for sourcing early-stage innovations stemming from public research institutions, academic spin-offs and emerging biotech companies. Together with big pharma, biotech and diagnostic companies, BioFIT operates as a platform to build partnerships for all public and private actors. BioFIT is also the European marketplace for pre-seed, seed and Series A investment in Life Sciences.

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