Astellas Pharma Inc. to Fund LabCentrals Future Innovator Prize

Astellas Pharma Inc. has partnered with LabCentral – a launchpad for early stage life science startups – to fund and encourage innovation in the industry. Through their subsidiary, Astellas Venture Management LLC, they will collaborate on the “Future Innovator Prize” which goes towards entrepreneurial scientists. The prize goes beyond funding, offering one-year usage of LabCentral’s state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge and access to Astellas’ R&D capabilities and business leaders.

Collaborations like this provide the chance for startups to fund and engage in R&D to advance the industry. Companies can submit their proposals until September 13, at which point they will be reviewed by a selection committee. 5 finalists will be selected to pitch in front of Astellas senior leadership on October 28th. Of these, the prize will be awarded to two pioneering scientists with innovative research that complements Astellas’ areas of interests, including oncology, immunology, and neuroscience. 

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