What are we looking for?

We are seeking innovative ideas that can serve as cornerstones for fresh biopharmaceutical companies. We evaluate early-stage projects, in all therapeutic areas and modalities, from target ID to lead optimization phase in the drug discovery process.
Since the goal of EXTEND is to create new companies from academic research, we favor projects that are not yet been incorporated into a company. Nevertheless, we will be keen to evaluate submissions from formed start-ups and assess their potential.
Don’t worry if you are a Post Doc or a Professor with a promising discovery but lacking resources. We will be happy to assemble the team in these cases!

Please, contact the Expert in Residence (EIR) even if you do not believe your project is ready to apply yet. Initial interaction and discussion with him might provide different perspectives to get your project ready to start.

Having received initial funding for your discovery project, it does not preclude you from applying, unless you are approaching the clinical phase.

How to apply

Submit your project by filling in the application form through the link below.
We will review it and get back to you within 30 days and, in case of interest, we will proceed with further discussion about the next steps.
We will take into consideration projects related to therapeutic platform or product development, whereas applications for medical devices, diagnostics or digital health will not be considered.

Application Form