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the o2h kickstarter competition 4.0 esclusivamente per start-ups italiane attive nel campo della chimica medicinale

give your startup a boost of chemistry...

Last date to apply - 30th Sept 2023 Register your interest

about the o2h kickstarter

The o2h kickstarter competition has been designed to provide a chemistry boost to small molecule focused biotechnology companies who have raised some initial funding and are in need to supercharge their chemistry efforts to meet their next funding milestone. Winners of this competition will receive a dedicated team of chemists and end to end project management support to generate chemical matter of their interest to meet their project milestones.

Over the past 20 years, o2h discovery has established collaborations with numerous early-stage biotech companies around the world including many European early stage biotechs. The Italian biotechnology industry is renowned for its high innovation and rapid growth, focusing on research in areas such as vaccines, healthcare, along with agriculture. The country boasts a thriving start-up ecosystem, attracting significant investment and support from leading pharmaceutical companies and accelerators. Recognizing the potential of these Italian biotech startups and ecosystem, o2h discovery has launched the fourth edition of its kickstarter competition, specifically targeting small molecule biotech start-ups in Italy.

kickstart your drug discovery

The Italian Biotech industry has made remarkable progress in healthcare, vaccine development, and drug discovery, showcasing its innovative potential. To support Italian Biotech startups, we have launched a dedicated kickstarter competition.

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Dedicated team of six FTE synthetic chemists of which two are fully trained and four are trainees.



Six synthetic chemists at the standard cost of one FTE.



Access to a large inventory of chemicals and reagents for synthesis.



The programme would be offered up to six months.


The competition is for seed or pre-seed stage small molecule focused biotech companies based out of Italy who have secured initial funding from recognized grant bodies or venture/angel investors, have exciting drug targets and ability to scale.

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The applications will be evaluated by the o2h kickstarter committee and 3 winners will be announced by 10th November 2023. This is a time bound competition. If supportive to the global biotech ecosystem we will run this again.

evaluation committee

Sunil Shah

Business Analysis

CEO, o2h ventures and Co-founder, o2h group

Gayathri Sadasivam

Scientific Analysis, Biology

Head of Biology, o2h discovery

Andy Morley

Scientific Analysis, Drug Discovery

Chief Scientific Officer, o2h discovery

Hemal Soni

Scientific Analysis, Chemistry Synthesis

Head of Chemistry, o2h discovery
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