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Inspired by the popular television show "Dragons' Den", AmorChem holds an annual KNOCK OUT™ Event. Researchers chosen to participate in the AmorChem KNOCK OUT Event fight it out in the ring against a panel of seasoned biotech executives for the chance of being granted an AmorChem financing of up to $500,000. The 2019 KNOCK OUT, 5th round, will be held in Montreal during the 1st Edition of EFFERVESCENCE, on April 24 2019 @ Tohu.

Interested researchers must fill out the form (see below) describing their technology, its clinical applications, its relevance to human disease, as well as its commercial potential. As competition in the ring will be fierce, researchers are encouraged to seek the assistance of their technology transfer or commercialization office that can also prove useful in training for the final Event. All application forms must be submitted no later than Monday, February 4th 2019, 5PM at the following email address: info@amorchem.com

Participants chosen to climb into the ring in the final round will be announced no later than March 29th 2019. They will then become Contenders in the Amorchem KNOCK OUT Event and will be invited to a call in order to assist them in their final preparations. Contenders will convene on April 24th, 2019 for the final round. Since 2014, KNOCK OUT has played out in front of a live audience (last year was standing room only!). At the sound of the bell, each Contender will be given up to five minutes to make their case on their technology. Following their pitch, each Contender will duke it out, in the ring, with our "heavyweights" over a ten minute Q&A "boxing match". The Contenders will confront the "professional boxers" with only wits and scientific agility in their corner. Just as boxers climb into the ring with only their gloves, our contenders will not be allowed visual support. The champion of this fifth edition of the AmorChem KNOCK OUT Event may qualify for a financing of up to $500,000 from AmorChem, subject to completion of final pre-investment conditions including approval by the AmorChem Investment Committee.

Who is eligible?

All researchers based in Quebec universities or research institutions with a strong focus on lifesciences.

Application Form

You can find more information here.

AmorChem 2017 KNOCK OUT winner

Dr Nancy Braverman, McGill University

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