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2024 Novo Nordisk
Golden Ticket

Apply by February 19, 2024


Novo Nordisk and BioLabs Europe invite you to apply for a Golden Ticket. The Golden Ticket provides lab bench and office space for one year at BioLabs Heidelberg or BioLabs Paris, and access to the Novo Nordisk team of scientific and industry advisors. 

Golden Ticket Benefits


What is Novo Nordisk searching for?
Novo Nordisk is looking for early-stage biotech companies that fit the following criteria:

Focused on novel drug targets and transformational medicines in cardiometabolic disease

Robust research plan and potential for successful development of the research


Therapeutic Areas at a Glance

App Process

Application Process

The official application process can be found above. Please read and verify your availability before submitting your application. 



Complete the application form and upload a non-confidential pitch deck for this competition.


Judging Criteria

Read more about the judging criteria and judges. Scientific experts will review your application and select the most promising ones.


The Application Process


Submit applications by
February 19, 2024


A subset of applications will be identified as finalist by the contest judges by
March 1, 2024


Winning teams will present their company & scientific concept at a live event on
March 19, 2024


Up to 4 awards will be granted
Good luck!

Judging Criteria and Judges 

The applications are assessed by a scientific expert panel. Their assessments are based on six evaluation criteria: 

Fit to Novo Nordisk's strategic interest areas

Unmet need to be addressed and potential of the envisioned product will differentiate from existing treatment options

Quality and impact of previously generated scientific data 

Research plan robustness and key milestone(s) to reach within one year 

Team competency

Potential to successfully achieve research milestones and downstream program maturation

Judging Criteria
  • How do I know if I am eligible for a Golden Ticket ?
    To be eligible to participate to have the opportunity to receive the Award, the Applicant must: (a) be a duly incorporated commercial legal entity from the health innovation ecosystem, (b) be involved in research activities based on biomaterials having a biosafety level included within group 1 or 2 as further defined by Article R-4421-3 of the French Labour Code © not be (i) affiliated with or employed by Ipsen including as an employee, contractor, officer or director of Ipsen and including as an immediate family member of Ipsen including parents, spouses, children, siblings or any individual residing in the household of an Ipsen employee, officer or director (whether or not related), (ii) a government agency or an academic institution (e.g., a university or a school). For the avoidance of doubt, the Participant can be a current resident company at BioLabs.
  • What is the Ipsen Golden Ticket ?
    The Ipsen Golden Ticket grant (i) a voucher awarded by Ipsen to a startup company of their choice.The value of the Golden Ticket prepays the cost of one (1) shared lab bench and one (1) open space office in Hotel Dieu Paris for one (1) year and one (1) membership including the benefit of the shared infrastructure and services and (ii) if there is a waiting list, a priority spot for residency ahead of other companies (i.e., placement on a priority list).
  • How to apply and what should the application contain ?
    Fill in our application form and submit it. The application should give an overview on your project, describe pre unmet medical need, solution and how it differentiates from existing treatment options, scientific principal, key data supporting the scientific principal, the research plan and what is the key milestone to reach within one year, team competency, initial business and funding strategy, and IP status. You are also required to provide a non-confidential deck (20 slides maximum).
  • How do I know if I am a finalist ?
    Finalists will be selected on or before June 17th, 2024. Finalist will be contacted via the e-mail address provided in the Application. If so contacted, Finalist must respond to such request to remain eligible to have the opportunity to win the Award. If such an acknowledgment of the selection by email is not received by Ipsen within three (3) working days of the notification, the Finalist shall be deemed to have forfeited participation in the Contest and an alternate Finalist will be selected, as applicable.

Contact Us

BioLabs Heidelberg

Nikola-Tesla-Str. 1

69124 Heidelberg, Germany

BioLabs Hotel-Dieu

1 Parvis Notre-Dame,

Place Jean-Paul II

75004 Paris, France


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