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Exploration of investment fund for MedTech startups in Leiden region launched

PLNT Leiden, Leiden Bio Science Park, the LEH and unlock_ are exploring the need for an incubation program for medtech startups in the Leiden region. To this end, they have signed a letter of intent with accelerator

Vacancy: Junior Program Coordinator unlock_

Are you planning to raise your next investment round and/or are you creating your market access strategy, but you need to find out how reimbursement works in your target market? Apply now for the unlock_ Market Access & Reimbursement program from January-March or September-December 2023.

ExCulture wins 2022 Gulliver competition

On December 8th the Gulliver final 2022 took place. There was fierce competition between ExCulture, Heliostrome and Baseline. In the end the jury decided to reward ExCulture with €10.000.

unlock_ launches the Market Access & Reimbursement program

Are you planning to raise your next investment round and/or are you creating your market access strategy, but you need to find out how reimbursement works in your target market? Apply now for the unlock_ Market Access & Reimbursement program from January-March or September-December 2023.

Leiden iGEM Team returns home with gold medal

The Leiden iGEM student team ‘Binanox’ won a gold medal at an international competition for organic entrepreneurs in Paris. Not only that, Binanox also won three “special awards” for best website, entrepreneurship and best safety policy, particularly around lab work and the use of genetically modified organisms.

Improving the Startup Visa Scheme

Improving the Startup Visa Scheme

The Netherlands makes it possible for international entrepreneurs to acquire a residence permit on the basis of their startups. Read more in this article.

dHealthIQ closes investment to validate their AI platform for elderly care and rehabilitation

LEH (Libertatis Ergo Holding B.V) and Interhealth Holding B.V. invest a total of €500k in the Leiden-based startup dHealthIQ B.V. dHealthIQ supplies analytical software to elderly care institutions (in dutch: VVT).


Science meets society at the Naturalis LiveScience gallery with unlock_LiveScience. unlock_LiveScience is a meeting place where you can connect with, contribute ideas to and learn all about the latest developments on biodiversity and research happening at the Leiden Bio Science Park.

Special nanoparticles for cancer therapy! Will you help?

Developing a better treatment for patients with head and neck cancer, that is what Binanox, The 2022 iGEM Leiden team, want to achieve. They hope to raise at least 10,000 euros for this cause. Support their crowdfunding campaign today.

Iprotics Wins the Venture Challenge Spring 2022!

The winner of the Venture Challenge was announced today at the Dutch Biotech Event. The proud winner of the 2022 spring edition is Iprotics! The innovative startup Iprotics has developed specific proteasome inhibitors that potentially treat multiple myeloma (MM) without the side-effects known from traditional proteasome inhibitors.

Introducing unlock_LiveScience

Join us on the 16th of September for an introduction to unlock_LiveScience. unlock_LiveScience stimulates the cooperation between companies at the Leiden Bio Science Park and Naturalis to create a place to present cutting-edge research to a broader audience.

The 10 best tips for your Life Sciences and Health venture

Are you a student, an entrepreneur or a researcher who wants to launch your own product or company? Then read these ten essential tips to be as prepared as possible for entrepreneurship!

Applications now open for the unlock_ x PLNT Venture Academy

Everything a start-up needs to get off to a flying start is covered in the Venture Academy. Within a period of 4 months, start-ups participating in the Venture Academy work on validating their business case, building a healthy team and raising funding. Start-ups can register for the program until July 29 at the latest.

Why Leiden and Science are Inseparable

Leiden is the city of science. Hidden behind the central station is a terrain of 110 hectare with over 60 science-based organisations established. This terrain, which is called the Leiden Bio Science Park (LBSP), is the biggest life-science cluster in The Netherlands. It isn’t a surprise that Leiden is proclaimed the City of Science 2022! Read more about Leiden as the City of Science here.

What PR can do for start-ups

As a starting entrepreneur, the media landscape can be a jungle where you must find a path to success without a tour guide. In this article, you will read more about the power of PR for start-ups, tips for using communication correctly and how to grow from idea to full-fledged player.

The 4 latest brilliant inventions in biotech

Developments in health and science are always interesting. Especially because it can help you when you need it. Recently, four companies have actually turned their idea into an innovation: EXIT071, RespiQ, Doser Medical and Imuno Therapeutics. This is the perfect opportunity to highlight the remarkable inventions of these start-ups!

Investing in science-based startups in Leiden

LEH currently supports about 40 startup and spinout companies aimed at increasing the impact of Leiden University. Among these companies are unlock_ startups. Check out the LEH portfolio and startup stories here.

Leiden startup Doser recieves 500K investment

Doser secures investment to deliver the first 3D printed tablets to patients

Libertatis Ergo Holding B.V. and Stichting Apothekers in Loondienst invest €500k in Leiden based startup Doser.

Leiden startup Panorama Laboratories aims to use technology to ease the administration of lab work

Good laboratory research is always accompanied by paperwork in which every action is meticulously recorded. This ensures well-founded scientific results, but the administration of it is a pleasure for few lab technicians. The Leiden startup Panorama Laboratories is trying to do something about that. Read more about it here.


EXIT071 selected as one of 50 women-led deep-tech startups under the new Women TechEU pilot programme

Yuliya Shakalisava, PhD founder of EXIT071, is one of 50 women selected for the Women TechEU initiative which supports deep-tech start-ups led by women.

EXIT071 Investment with UNIIQ and LEH

€350,000 for startup EXIT071 from UNIIQ and LEH

Proof-of-concept fund UNIIQ, together with LEH (Libertatis Ergo Holding), is investing a total of €350,000 in the Leiden startup EXIT071. Read more about the investment here.

Find the financing that suits your company

As a startup or scale-up you often have different requirements and information than established companies. Rabobank has therefore recently launched a single portal where you can find all the information and you can ask your questions about funding opportunities.

De smeerolie voor Leidse biotech startups

“You can see that they are growing, many of our startups have raised financing and found customers.” – Stéfan Ellenbroek, Director of unlock_ 

Venture Academy: Apply now!

Are you part of a startup and do you want to solve a major problem in the field of Life Sciences & Health? 🌍 Join the Venture Academy and take the first steps towards making the world a better, happier and healthier place!

Zorg voor innoveren | Implementation and scaling up coaching round 6 open!

After five successful rounds of the Implementation and Scaling Up Coaching scheme, an extra round opened on 21 December 2021. With the subsidy, an external implementation and scaling-up coach can be hired. The coach advises on and assists with the implementation and/or scaling up needed to take an innovation further in healthcare.

€64 million for IQCapital at fund expansion InnovationQuarter

InnovationQuarter’s own fund – IQCapital – will be expanded with €63.6 million to a total size of €140 million. This will give IQCapital more scope to accelerate innovative South Holland scale-ups and startups to the next phase, to invest early in deep- and high-tech propositions and to further strengthen the investment climate.

Leiden 2022: European City of Science

In 2022, Leiden will be the first European city to present a 365-day science festival. Perfect for anyone with a curious mind, the festival will explore science, knowledge, art, and skills through various scheduled exhibitions, workshops, excursions, activities, and events.

Bionomic wins Gulliver Competition 2021!

Bionomic took home all three prizes of the Gulliver Competition 2021! Read all about it here.

Register now for unlock_incubation 2022!

Registration for the unlock_incubation program 2022 is now open! In this one-year program, you will get coached, trained and inspired by the most experienced professionals the Leiden Bio Science Park has to offer. Take your life sciences & health company to the next level!

€300,000 for Leiden startup Imuno from UNIIQ

Proof-of-concept fund UNIIQ, together with LEH (Libertatis Ergo Holding), is investing a total of €300,000 in the Leiden startup Imuno, which is developing a new immunotherapy against cancer tumors.

Pionieren in de Polder

Do you need a new podcast to listen to? 🎙️ Well BioPartner Leiden has a new podcast series: ‘Pionieren in de polder’. The final episode focuses on new pioneers: unlock_ and the startups in Leiden. Click here for more information!

unlock_our startups

The unlock_ startups all have one thing in common, they are striving for innovation in Life Sciences and Health. Click here to meet all the startups of unlock_’s incubation programme.


The unlock_incubation program is reached out to a wide range of experts to share their experience with the starting entrepreneurs. One of these panel of experts was about boards, be it a advisory board, a board of directors or a medical board. Click here to meet some of your unlock_experts!

unlock_team members

The unlock_team is a varied bunch, with different background but they share a passion for entrepreneurship in the Life Science Health sector. Click here to meet all the member of unlock_

The unlock_incubation onboarding program is officially over!

A full month of onboarding has gone by – pitches, panels, discussions, workshops and a lot of hard work went into this period. Click here to see the first photo’s of the pitching event!

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