• Photo: Carolina Hawranek
  • Workshop with Nathan Gold. Photo: Carolina Hawranek

Open resources for life science startups

As an entreprenour you invariably end up navigating territories that you are unfamiliar with. AT UBI we do our best to make sure you get the support, and eventually grow your competence, to make sound business and markting decisions as well as scientifical ones.

We want you to be comfortable in your often new role as an entreprenour. Therefore we have made a selection of valuable resources that we highly recommend using while you develop your future business, and your entrepreneurial skills.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are interested in more detail about any of the fields covered below. Also, tell us what you miss in this resource page and we'll try to find a useful source.


Quick checklist for IPR or patent issues

First of all you need to check is your idea/invention is new. This means that it is now yet published or patented by anyone else. Once this is established - you have identified a potential innovation with "freedom to operate". Before you start telling the world about your great idea

1. If you can file a patent application before you publish, demonstrate, or offer for sale - then by all means file your patent application first.

2. When you cannot file first - then take precautions:
   a. if you have to give a private presentation or speech - do not provide handouts.

   b. if you must publish before filing - limit your description of the actual invention - talk about the benefits, not the invention.

   c. if you need to make an offer of sale - present it as a solution to a problem - without describing the actual invention.

   d. when dealing with other research groups or business partners - always work through Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA - dvs. sekretessavtal) - always.

3. If timing is of the essence – file a national application as soon as possible - but make it a complete application.


How to write a successful funding application

Writing attractive and accessible grant applications is an artform few masters, but anyone can learn. Our friends at Uppsala Bio have compiled a great set of tips and insights on how to succees with this mission.

Are your applications as good as they can be? Check out this valuable link: https://www.uppsalabio.com/develop-your-idea/write-good-application/


Ready-made legal document templates

Ready to write an Non-Disclosure agreement? Use these prepared templates prepared by branch professionals and published by our national network Swelife. Templates include NDA and Due Diligence forms, as well as several other critical document types you will soon be familiar with as an entreprenour within life science.

Legal document templates for startups available here: http://swelife.se/en/vi-erbjuder/affarsutveckling/all-right-legal-support-by-swelife/



National Resources for Life science companies

Sweden has a wide range of specialized reasearch facilities open to academics, Health professionals and industry collaborators. The services range from proteomiscs, biostatistics to medical imaging and genomics. Swlife keeps an updated comprehensive list:

Full list of national research infrastructure: http://swelife.se/en/vi-erbjuder/affarsutveckling/national-research-infrastructure/

National database with pipeline overview and good search options: http://swedishlifesciences.com/se/portal/index.php

The Swedish Life Science Industry Guide (more static listing): http://www.swedishlifesciences.se/


Educational videos about starting a company


Educational videos about accounting

Introductory level with overview. These clips are in Swedish. As you will be in contact with, and use documents that have this terminology you will need to learn these terms in order to easier keep track of your company's development.

More detailed information about taxes, costs, revenue, funding etc.


Presentation techniques for pitching your idea

How you succeed in communicating your discoveries may well decide the fate of your project. No matter what field you are in, you will have to master the skill of presenting your company well. It might be to investors, public presentations, to a jury at a pitch competition or in a live broadcast.

At Umeå Biotech Incubator we work with one of Silicon Valley's most skilled coaches in this area - Nathan Gold. Our collaboration often starts where you get a highly qualitative accessment on your pitch and what areas you need to improve in detail. Nathan Gold uses extremely easy tools and pedagogical tricks to help you improve your pitch radically in a rather short time. Judging from the track record at pitch competitions by our cases - the collaboration is already starting to pay off.

Here are a few tips and links that can help you become a more confident and successful presenter...

Handshake Intro
A taste of one of many "lists" from Nathan Gold that can really create magic when you present.
The first thing you need to do in front of an audience is to establish your credibility. Use the questions below to create a compelling first impression by clearly stating what you do for whom and why in the first 30 seconds of a meeting or presentation.

1.Who are you?
2.What do you do?
3.Who do you do it for?
4.Why do they need or want it?
5.How do they benefit because of it? (or transform or change)

Recommended videos to watch:



Tests for maintaining a sustainable work environment

Running a startup is hard work, and hectic at times. To stay focused, work efficiently and be at the top of our game when it matters, we need to stay healthy and keep up a sound work-life balance. Stress, sleep and lifestyle choices all affect us in different ways, and it may be useful to now and then check your status if you are feeling that things are getting out of hand.

Follow the link below to the starting page for tests on various lifestyle aspects that affect your health and wellbeeing.
The tests are free, completely anonymous and offer you advice based on your personal results. They are scientifically developed and offered several through several public health care providers around Sweden.


Umeå Biotech Incubator (UBI)
Box 7995, SE-907 36 Umeå, Sweden
Phone: +46(0)90- 15 49 70
Mail: info@ubi.se