A new home for life sciences companies in the Canton of Vaud

25.04.2018 15:33
Biopole Startlab

Retraites Populaires and Biopôle SA today inaugurated a new 9,100 m2 building to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs in the region. The SE-B building is hosting, StartLab, the first lifesciences incubator in the region, offering a “pay as you play” flexible pricing model.

The new 9,100 m2 building can jointly house both young start-ups and sector-leading businesses. These new companies could generate between 300 and 500 new jobs, in addition to 1,200 people who currently work at the Biopôle site. New tenants of the SE-B building include  the Lausanne based Abionic plus the global pharmaceutical company Glenmark, which will establish a translational research centre.

The building also provides a home for StartLab, the first life-sciences dedicated incubator in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. The incubator offers 700 m2 of fully equipped laboratories and 300 m2 of shared offices, as a new home for 10-12 start-up companies of 35-40 persons in total. It has been designed to maximize the chances of success for aspiring business creators. A key feature is a “pay as you play” flexible pricing model, which requires less funds to get started, reduces risk for investors and lowers dilution for entrepreneurs.

Nasri Nahas, CEO of Biopôle SA, commented: “This new building, along with StartLab, will make our region more competitive in the life sciences sector. StartLab fulfils a clear need in our region to provide a tailor-made incubator for life sciences entrepreneurs. It offers aspiring entrepreneurs the best start in an ideal environment to optimize their chances of success. They have access to a winning combination of cutting-edge facilities, a network of experts and the vibrant Biopôle community of multinationals, SMEs and research groups that will support them as they transform their ideas into reality.”

The SE-B building has been conceived in response to the growing demand for office and laboratory spaces at Biopôle’s Epalinges site. Its creation is the product of the partnership between Retraites Populaires and Biopôle SA, the latter granting the former the “right of use” over the dedicated plot. Both entities are collaborating very closely to promote the site generally, and the SE-B building in particular.

 (Press release/ran)

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