13 March - 3 AprilTesta Center

The call for proposals is closed.

We are no longer accepting proposals to Testa Challenge 2023.

Important dates

December 5th-9th 2022 - Selected companies are contacted

March 13th 2023 - Start of the Testa Challenge Weeks

What is Testa Challenge?

Testa Challenge is an open innovation challenge dedicated to companies in the technology/digital/data/IT sector to test and verify their technology in a fully funded standard bioprocess at Testa Center, Uppsala, Sweden. The provided bioprocess, facilities and expertise at Testa Center will allow an early evaluation of whether your innovation is applicable and successful for the bioprocessing industry.In addition to verifying your product in the manufacturing of a biopharmaceutical, you will:

  • Learn more about bioprocessing through hands-on experience and meetings with experts in the field
  • Get access to real-world process data
  • Create valuable documentation for your technology in a real-world biopharmaceutical production
  • Listen to inspiring seminars
  • Make connections with the Uppsala life science community

"This concept is inspired by hackathons and open innovation concepts but applied in a bioprocess. We are inviting companies from the technology digital, and data segment to integrate, test and verify their innovations in a fully funded standard bioprocess workflow.“ - Jesper Hedberg, CEO of Testa Center

Why was Testa Challenge created?

Testa Challenge aims to accelerate the industrialization of new technology that can improve the life of billions. As the market for biological products, such as antibody drugs and vaccines, is expanding so is the need for new technology to streamline the production. The main barriers to develop, test and verify digital and technological products are high costs associated with biological production. Also, the focus on intellectual property rights often hinders collaboration between companies to solve problems together. Therefore, we wanted to provide a full-scale bioprocess and the expertise needed to have companies explore the possibilities of meeting the future technology needs and overcoming challenges in the bioprocessing industry.

Who can apply?

Small and medium-sized enterprises from the Technology/Digital/Data/IT sector globally can apply. We welcome technologies with Technical Readiness Levels (TRL) from TRL 3 up to TRL 9. The proposed project must meet at least one of the three identified challenges in the bioprocessing industry, read about them in the call text.

How do I apply?

The application deadline for Testa Challenge 2023 has passed. We encourage you to follow Testa Center on LinkedIn to be the first to know when we open the call for Testa Challenge 2024.

What is the bioprocess in Testa Challenge 2023?

Testa Center will run a start to finish bioprocess where an adeno associated virus (AAV) will be produced, harvested, purified and analyzed.

Questions?

Do not hesitate to contact us! We are more than happy to answer your questions.

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