Starting up in life sciences

With the startup incubation program LifeTechLab scientists and students get the opportunity to turn their life-science discovery or business idea into a solid business model.

In addition to general challenges that every start-up faces, such as limited resources and many decisions, the field of life sciences requires unique market and income-cost considerations as well as a clear understanding of intellectual property (IP) rights and regulations. With LifeTechLab you will do first things first, avoid pitfalls and learn from experts, successful entrepreneurs and each other.

How does LifeTechLab work?

You will get expert input in workshops on protection of your IP, cooperation contracts, financial planning and pitching. Working intensively on specific challenges for your topic and regular one-on-one coaching will help you apply the newly gained knowledge directly to your business idea.

At the end, you will have a first business model and a pitch deck, ready for feedback from a panel of business people, life-science experts and startup founders.


2 interactive months
6 teams

LifeTechLab at a glance – more information and complete timeline

Why should you join LifeTechLab?

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Developing a product, platform or service that customers want is key to success.

LifeTechLab helps you understand the needs of your future customers.

Regulations, IP protection and specific income-models are complex for startups in life sciences.

LifeTechLab offers seminars by experts to lift the fog and provide guidance.

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Staying focused on your journey to your startup is not easy.

LifeTechLab teaches the tools from agile and lean management to help you stay on track.

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Getting connected and sharing experiences moves your idea forward.

LifeTechLab introduces you to successful founders, business people, lawyers, investors and many more.

What do former participants say?

LifeTechLab was the perfect preparation for building our own life-science startup. It trained us to explain our idea clearly and helped to answer crucial business questions. We connected with other founders and above all had a lot of fun.

Jonas Schubert, DermaPurge


Application Deadline:
March 31, 2024

April, 2024

Final Pitch Day:

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Our Team

Dr. Iris Steinebrunner
TU Dresden +49 351 463 39202
Iris studierte Biologie und promovierte im Fach Genetik. Nach Forschungsarbeiten in den USA leitete sie eine Arbeitsgruppe in der Molekularen Biotechnologie an der TU Dresden. Im Anschluss war sie Chief Science Officer in zwei Startups im Bereich der Molekulargenetik bzw. Medizintechnik.

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