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PLG named as VCoE privileged partner
Co-operator of the Venture Centre of Excellence, EIT Health and the European Investment Fund (EIF), has named ProductLife Group (www.productlifegroup.com) the exclusive Privileged Partner for Regulatory and Compliance to help expedite the navigation of regulatory barriers, thanks to its extensive Healthtech experience and trusted status as an existing EIT Health (https://eithealth.eu/) partner.
The role of the Venture Centre of Excellence (VCoE) (https://eithealth.eu/programmes/venture-centre-of-excellence/) programme is to increase and accelerate market opportunities for early-stage biotech, MedTech and digital health start-ups across Europe, by matching these young companies with the funding, professional services expertise and contacts they need. The wider aim is to make Europe a more attractive and lucrative market for a new generation of life sciences trailblazers, whether they are entering the market for the first time or looking to expand their activities to other countries across the continent.
When the European Commission announced its EUR 150 million anchor investment into the programme in October 2020, it set out an ambition to facilitate 2 billion euros in investment and bring 200 fledgling start-ups to market over a period of 15 years. That investment level has already been achieved, with more than 60 start-ups to date benefitting from funding mobilised thanks to the programme, stemming from its selected VC funds and Corporate members having joined the initiative, with further such entities due to join in the weeks and months ahead.
As well as putting promising early-stage start-ups together with crucial funding, EIT Health’s VCoE aims to build their market readiness, through valuable contacts and access to professional services. Since many of these small scientific teams have come out of university labs, they may bring valuable innovations to the market when they will get support for the administrative aspects of their project. The VCoE’s role is also to propose this support to the start-ups and ease their path to market.
PLG’s intervention, when taken up, will ensure that promising young, ambitious start-up teams are in good shape for regulatory approval, de-risking their path to market & making them a safer bet for VC and corporate backers.
One start-up that has already taken up PLG’s services through the partnership is Sensius (www.sensiusthermotherapy.com) – clinical evaluation gap analysis in the context of medical devices.
Commenting on the new collaboration between VCoE and PLG, Isaac Middelmann, Head of Access to Finance for EIT Health InvestHealth says, “This is a very exciting development, which will help cement the opportunities we have set out for promising early-stage start-ups targeting the latest challenges and opportunities at the cutting edge of life sciences. Access to trusted professional services and expertise is as critical to these start-ups as a financial investment, as the two go hand in hand.”
“Our corporate and VC members are keen to support these young, innovative and ambitious companies, and it helps enormously here if the teams coming forward have already been vetted and guided through the relevant regulatory requirements to bring their therapies to market in Europe,” adds Jean-Marc Bourez, EIT Health Services and Investment Managing Director. “PLG is ideally placed to help with that, with its rich knowledge of the regulatory and cultural context in each European market, and its detailed understanding of how reimbursement works in each country, as well as the complex respective requirements around clinical trials.”
“We are honoured to be called upon in this way, which fits perfectly with our own strategic aim to champion the next generation of European life sciences leaders,” says Xavier Duburcq, CEO, PLG. “This is all about leveling up the opportunity for aspiring start-ups in Europe, compared with other important geographic markets such as North America and the Asia-Pacific region.”
“Nurturing biotech, MedTech and digital health innovation is a core part of our strategy,” adds Gabrièle Breda, Head of Innovation at PLG. “So it is with great pride that we are embracing this prestigious partnership and, through it, this invaluable opportunity to help young, ambitious companies navigate the market complexities effectively and efficiently so that they can realise their potential without delay.”
Both EIT’s VCoE and PLG will be taking an active part in the forthcoming Medica fair trade (www.medica-tradefair.com) on 14-17 November 2022.