Finalists of the European Biotechnica Award nominated
Hanover - The jury of the European Biotechnica Award has selected the three finalists for 2009: The nominees are the biopharmaceutical companies NovImmune, Switzerland, TRION Pharma GmbH, Germany, and Vivalis, France. The award recognizes the achievements of young, innovative European companies from the areas of biotechnology and the life sciences.
NovImmune develops monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of inflammatory and immune-related disorders. The company is based in Plan-les-Quates, near Geneva, Switzerland, and so far has generated seven monoclonal antibodies with the intent to treat immune-related disorders.
TRION Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company that develops trifunctional antibodies called Triomab® at its site in Munich. They are based on a platform technology for which TRION Pharma holds IP rights around the world. Triomab® antibodies simultaneously activate multiple immune defence mechanisms against cancer.
Vivalis provides the pharmaceutical industry with cell-based solutions for the manufacture of vaccines and proteins, and develops drugs for the prevention and treatment of viral diseases. Headquartered in France, the company specialises in the field of embryonic stem cells and their practical applications in human and veterinary medicine.
The international jury of experts, consisting of eleven members and chaired by Prof. Dr. Peter Stadler, CEO of Artemis Pharmaceuticals in Cologne, will decide on the ultimate winner immediately before the award ceremony during the BIOTECHNICA opening event on 5 October. The winner will receive prize money of EUR 30,000. In addition, all finalists will receive numerous non-cash prizes. The award will be presented by opening speakers Janez Potocnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Dr. Philipp Rösler; Minister of Economics, Lower Saxony; Dr. Stefan Marcinowski, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF and President of the German Association of Biotechnology Industries; and Kary Mullis, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.