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UBISTART Aims to Support Innovative Start-Ups in the Healthcare Field; Kick-off on July 10 at the New York Academy of Sciences

NEW YORK, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Galien Foundation is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development. This partnership, branded as UBISTART, furthers the Galien Foundation's mission of recognizing and rewarding excellence in scientific innovation to improve the state of human health. UBISTART seeks to create and foster worldwide innovation and collaborations in the biotechnology, medical technology, pharmaceutical and e-health industries, and improve EU market access by collaborating with 40 cutting-edge French companies.

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"Partnering with UBIFRANCE is a great strategic fit for the Galien Foundation," stated Bruno Cohen, Chairman of the Galien Foundation. "Our organizations are aligned, both in our mission and dedication to improving the human condition through collaboration and innovation. This is truly a fantastic partnership that will generate meaningful global business opportunities."

The UBISTART program kicks-off with the 'UBERSTART Tour' on July 10, at the New York Academy of Sciences, NYC, USA, whose President and CEO, Ellis Rubinstein, welcomes the organizations with enthusiastic support. The event will facilitate matchmaking and help US-French innovators connect and discuss potential collaborations.  The second facet of the program will be the UBISTART Competition where U.S. and French participants will apply as a team to the UBISTART COMPETITION by submitting a joint proposal by Friday, October 31, 2014.  A panel of expert judges will review proposals and announce the nine most innovative and promising US-French projects on November 15, 2014. Three winners will be announced during the 45th Prix Galien Awards Ceremony in Monaco, France on December 4, 2014. The last phase of the program will be to implement the winning pilot projects, with support and guidance provided by UBIFRANCE.

For more information on eligibility, evaluation criteria, and to register please visit http://ubistarttour.galienfoundation.org

About UBIFRANCE:
UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for International Business Development, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Finance & Industry.  UBIFRANCE promotes technologies, products, services and know-how from France, and puts French-based professionals in contact with their international counterparts.  The French Exporters' Directory: the platform to facilitate international contacts and increase business opportunities online.

About Galien Foundation:
The Galien Foundation fosters, recognizes and rewards excellence in scientific innovation to improve the state of human health. Our vision is to be the catalyst for the development of the next generation of innovative treatment and technologies that will impact human health and save lives.

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With more than 22,000 members in 100 countries around the world, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at www.nyas.org.

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Lee A. Davies
Makovsky
212-508-9651
ldavies@makovsky.com

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