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SmBPC 2017 prize goes to VirideTech!

Last Thursday, April 20th, the third edition of the Science meets Business Plan Competition (SmBPC) was hosted in the Leiden Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR), featuring five exciting early-phase science start-ups. Congratulations to Viride Tech for winning the main prize, the wild-card to the Gulliver’s finale and a month at FlexLab Leiden and to Levels Diagnostics for winning the Luris Audience Award!

Also many thanks to the other contestants: Polariks, GenX and VitroScan! It was a very tough competition with only strong competitors, bringing an exciting evening.

The Science meets Business team would finally like to thank the CHDR again for their support and congratulate them on their 30th anniversary.

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Science dates Business – May edition cancelled

[!!] The edition of May 18th has been cancelled do to many overlapping activities. Please sign up for the BBQ of June 8th for more networking.

Are you excelling in science but looking for a business partner with more or different business skills?

Do you have business skills with a love for science and would you like to be part of a science start-up?

This is the event to sign up for!

We are welcoming those who are looking for skills, for partners, for those who want to grow and excel and see that this is something to not do alone. You will get the chance to get to know all the potential future partners in a fun and direct way in a ‘speed-dating session’, after which we will be able to casually network further. To get in the mood and get inspired, we will have two science-and-business ‘couples’ tell their love story, to see how they met and became partners in crime.

Sign up now if you would like to take part! (see link at bottom of the page)


  • 16:00 – 16:15  Walk-in
  • 16:15 – 16:30  Two science-and-business love stories*
  • 16:30 – 17:30  Speed-dating*
  • 17:30 – 18:00  Networking

*Disclaimer for the record: This is not a romance based event. We’ll keep it professional.


BioPartner 1 (Foyer)
J.H. Oortweg 21
2333 CH Leiden

Verified present start-ups

  • All4Elevation
  • Idris Oncology
  • Seranovo



Let us know if you’ll be there! Also please let us know if you’d like a visual as the ones above.

RSVP now!

If anything doens’t work or if you have other questions, please send an e-mail or call 06 2617 0522.



Another look at science and business (Cafe 43)

Last Thursday 9th, the second Thursday of March, we had another interesting cafe.

The tone was set when Hitesh Chellaney – who is developing a new travel experience (Trippm) based fully on data science – challenged the audience to think about the definition of science and business and whether a scientist would make a better businessman than a businessman who is not a scientist. Does making business automatically mean making money (profit)?

Michael Utkin then followed, presenting eFarmer, his company creating an app making it possible for farmers to – without expensive machinery with built-in GPS – optimally and efficiently plow the land. Saving time and money, with a free service, to be expanded with paid solutions. Science meeting business in the farming industry.

Finishing off was David Dasberg, presenting Facio Therapies – working towards a cure for FSHD -which is handling a totally different business model than usually found within pharma, starting a good discussion which we took along into the drinks.

Thijs de Kleer, director of BioPartner, kicked off the evening, presenting updates on the BioPartner and new projects which are being worked on, for example the Flex Lab, of which the technology was presented by Buxenus – partners in the project – a few cafes before.

Our speakers again provided lots of discussion material, making another buzzing vibe during the networking drinks.

We are looking forward to welcoming you next time, April 13th!

Science and Business eat and meet

Last Friday, March 3rd, Science meets Business welcomed representatives of ACE, Area071, C4I, ECE, ESA BIC, Innovation Quarter, IXA, Luris, OVBSP and YES!Delft for a lovely dinner at In Den Doofpot in Leiden, to meet and mingle, to exchange goals, ideas and practices and to get a taste of how we could collaborate (more) in the future.

This dinner was made possible by Health Holland through the Dutch Life Science Conference and we’d therefore, next to our guests for their enthusiasm, like to thank them greatly for this opportunity. We had fun all the way from the business game to the dinner and will keep on doing so, organizing events that keep uniting science and business in good company and and creating tons of inspiration and motivation.

We are looking forward to meeting each other again soon at one or another’s or of course joint events.


A moment for Christiaan

Christian at the SmB drinks

Today it’s already a year ago that we lost Christiaan van Gorkum, our founder. We would like to take a moment and thank him again for what he has meant for Leiden and for the science community. We are proud to be carrying on his dreams and ambitions for the world of entrepreneurship and science in Leiden, bringing together scientists, students and professionals and creating new initiatives and collaborations.

Science meets Business would not be Science meets Business without Christiaan and we keep him and his thoughts in mind in everything we do and decide.

Thank you, Christiaan, and lots of love to his family.