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 based out of the US. We believe that US Biotech startups are at the forefront of innovation, revolutionising healthcare. Fueled by visionary minds, these startups are dedicated to improving human health through innovative therapies. Recognizing the potential of these American biotech startups and ecosystem, o2h discovery has launched the fifth edition of its Kickstarter competition, specifically to support small molecule biotech start-ups in the US.
empowering early-stage biotech
We launched our first “o2h Kickstarter competition” back in August 2022 exclusively for early-stage biotech to support them boost their drug discovery research. Listen to this exclusive o2h ChaiTime episode where we discuss with some of the previous winners to understand how this competition supported their research and development efforts.Read more
More than 30 companies applied from across the globe, and here are the six companies who made it to the winners list.
Beth J Hoffman
President & CEO
The Kickstarter will enable us to thoroughly explore our nascent SAR and advance our lead program more rapidly.Read more onLinkedIn
the o2h kickstarter competition promises to be an excellent scheme allowing early-stage companies like ours to get access to synthetic chemistry.Read more onLinkedin
CEO & Co-founder
The kickstarter provides vital access to chemists with the skills and knowledge to deliver on the promise of our technology.Read more onLinkedin
We are absolutely delighted to win an inaugural kickstarter award. It's fantastic that one of Britains top CROs is prepared to back companies like ours.Read more onLinkedIn
Dr Neil Benson
Winning the o2h Kickstarter competition will significantly increase our chemistry resource and in turn accelerate delivery of our goals.Read more onLinkedIn
Dr Janette A Thomas
I am thrilled that Five Alarm Bio has been awarded the Kickstarter program. We will benefit from the extensive knowledge and enthusiasm of the o2h leadership and laboratory scientists.Read more onLinkedIn
Dedicated team of six FTE synthetic chemists of which two are experienced 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 and/or pre-seed stage small molecule focused biotech companies based out of the US who have secured initial funding from recognized grant bodies or venture/angel investors, have exciting drug targets and ability to scale.Apply now
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.