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.

Because of the COVID-19 pan­demic, work­shops and coa­chings are held in a digital format, but live, so there is still plenty of oppor­tunity to interact and learn from each other.


4 inter­active months
6 teams
remote work­shops

LifeTechLab at a glance – more infor­mation and com­plete timeline [PDF]

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:
Sep­tember 30, 2021

October 12, 2021

Final Pitch Day:
February 15, 2022

Apply for the next round of LifeTechLab. 

Send an app­li­cation to
Please use our app­li­cation form [PDF]

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. 
Linda Borowski
TU Dresden +49 351 463 33489

Linda hat einen Abschluss in Afri­ka­nistik und Geo­grafie der Uni­ver­sität Leipzig und absol­vierte ein inter­na­tio­nales MBA-Pro­­­gramm. An der HTWK Leipzig sam­melte sie Erfah­rungen im Tech­no­lo­gie­transfer und arbeitete für ein IT-Startup. Bei dresden|exists ent­wi­ckelt Linda neue Workshop-Formate und betreut Pro­jekte aus den Geisteswissenschaften.

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