Bring your project to the BSCB cell and gene therapy accelerator to make it VC ready

Join our cell & gene therapy accelerator to access preseed funding & expert advice! With access to industry leaders and pre-seed financing, our cell and gene therapy accelerator will make your project VC ready.

Program Value Proposition

If you are working on an exciting early stage project and looking for funding to generate a compelling proof-of-concept data package, this is the scheme for you. There is up to €500,000 per company available from  BSCB’s Butterfly Fund plus non-dilutive financing for three successful applicants. Access to a wealth of expertise from cell and gene therapy organisations will help you create strong business and development plans.

Following this intensive de-risking process, you’ll have an increased chance of a successful fundraising to take your technology to its next stage of development and patient benefit. There is more detail in the BSCB cell and gene therapy accelerator Flyer here

The cell and gene therapy accelerator is part of  BSCB’s Incubator which has played a role in the formation of 40+ companies, creating 1000+ jobs, and raising over €1,5 billion.

Selected as European cell and gene therapy headquarters by global CMOs such as Catalent, ThermoFisher Scientific and Exothera, Brussels South Charleroi BioPark accounts for 20% of the European cell and gene therapy manufacturing capacity with a vibrant innovation pipeline. In this new cell and gene therapy accelerator program, our partners in advanced therapies are coming together to develop the companies of the future. Read more in this L’Echo article.

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Dr Miguel Forte

Program Co-Chairman CEO of Bone Therapeutics Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (US) International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy

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Dr Christian Homsy

Program Co-Chairman CEO of Capstan Therapeutics Inc. Ex-Founding Board Member and CEO of Celyad Oncology

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Bertrand Alexandre

Program Director CEO BSCB Dev & Incubation Manager

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Criteria for entry

You should be a highly motivated and resilient individual or team,  working on a compelling academic or independent cell and gene therapy research project.  You should detail your differentiated approach, preliminary data, support from the literature and area of urgent unmet medical need on the application form here (non-confidential data only at this stage). This should form an exciting story with clear potential patient benefit and a strong case for further development and funding.

Program and timelines

  • Applications submitted

    Applications open on June 28 and now close on September 30. Download application form here (fill in with non-confidential information )

  • Selected longlisted projects

    Advisory panel makes initial preselection (Up to 10 projects)

  • Plan and budget development for selected shortlisted projects

    Two-day bootcamp for selected shortlisted projects (first half of November), with final pitch to Butterfly Fund

  • 12-18 month program for successful companies

    From December 2021, access to business development training modules, experts from partnering organisations, ULB Open BioLab , regulators and a clinical trial network

  • Strong proof-of-concept data package & pitch to selected investors

    De-risked proposition ready for the next stage of financing - kick-off with opportunity to pitch to our partner VCs and selected potential co-investors

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