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19 - 23 OctoberTesta Center, Sweden

Looking for an industrial verification environment for your innovative bioprocess technology? 

Welcome to Testa Challenge!

Having access to a relevant verification environment in bio production is a limiting factor for many technological / digital innovations (Are you new to bioproduction? Find out why this fast-growing market is interesting for you here). Raising enough capital to perform a live test in an industrial process can be a challenge for start-ups and researchers, which puts pressure to reach set milestones.

Therefore, at Testa Center, we open our laboratories this fall for a week, both for academic and commercial innovators in the technical or digital field who would have the potential to increase the efficiency or quality of a bioprocess workflow. This unique challenge allows participants to integrate and verify their innovation in an authentic and validated bioprocess run.


Biological drugs and products are transforming medicine and promise future targeted treatments for a range of conditions. However, in order for these powerful products to benefit all people in the world, a large number of new technologies and tools that can drastically improve productivity of biological production are needed. New methods, processes and approaches are required to accelerate innovation in this area. We have identified three main challenges within the field of bio-processing; 


We know that there are countless promising technologies out there. We also know that, as a young technology developing company, it can be a significant threshold to get access to a relevant industrial verification environment. In order to address this gap, Testa Center now invite you to apply to Testa Challenge


Projects and companies from the Technology/ Digital/ Data segment are invited to integrate, test and verify their innovation within a sponsored and provided bioproduction workflow at the Testa Centre. Alongside the production process, participants will be supported by experts. The provided facilities, expertise and fast-tracked application will allow an early evaluation whether the innovation is applicable and successful for the bioprocessing industry. The production process will be designed to include ~5 selected technologies and run in Testa Center during October 2020*. 

*Pending Corona-pandemic restrictions

What’s in it for you?

A sponsored bioprocess workflow
Testa Challenge gives open access to an authentic industrial bioprocess environment, where you can verify your technology in an industrial setting.

Experiment design support and access to expertise
Selected projects will receive support with detailed experimental planning, continued support and access to expertise in the preparation phase, all maximizing likelihood of success.

Continued ownership
The projects retain full ownership of their technologies.

Faster development by support and access to network of experts
Supported by the Testa Center specialists, as well as getting access to a large network, your chances for successful project execution increases. After project completion, the goal is that your project has reduced risks by having verified the concept enabling other investments on your journey towards market introduction.

Get visibility of your innovative technology
Testa Challenge will be a great window for your technology. Throughout the Testa Challenge, we will show-case the participating projects to the bioprocess community. The Testa Center will therefore be a great opportunity to expose you for potential future collaboration partners and customers.

Who can apply?

We welcome all kind of innovative solutions that have the potential to meet the future technology needs and challenges within bio-production. Some examples in the area of technology include sensors, separation technology, pumps, etc. Within the digital/data segment, some examples include cloud solutions, VR / AR, AI, data transfer, modeling, smart automation, smart laboratory tools, new tools to monitor the quality processes, etc.
The proposed project can be a solution for any stage in the bio-process workflow, from preparation and planning, to the actual culture, harvest and downstream activities such as separation and purification. 

After the challenge you will have reduced product development risks for your innovation by having verified the concept. This in turn with enable other investments on your journey towards market introduction. The goal is that the activities brought to you by the Testa Challenge shall make an evident difference in the development stage and the value of the project.

Welcome with your application

It´s easy to apply to Testa Challenge and we are here to help you with your application. We are happy to provide you with feedback on your proposal, and in order to receive feedback, your proposed application must be submitted by June 5.

You are also welcome to contact us at
to book an individual coaching session on May 28 for feedback on your proposed application.

The deadline for project proposals is June 15th, 2020 at 22.00 CET.

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact us!

Helena Ströberg, Innovation coach

P: +46 725 77 04 51


Kristin Hellman, Innovation coach

P: +46 702 56 58 83


Maximilian Liedtke, Account Manager

P: +44 7827981505


About Testa Center

Testa Center is a non-profit company owned by Cytiva (formerly GE Healthcare Life Sciences). Testa Center is a major initiative between the Swedish government and Cytiva to secure the growth of life science industry and its manufacturing capabilities. Main objective for Testa Center is to bridge the gap from discovery to industrialization.

We offer businesses and academia globally a modern, pilot-scale testbed for projects and education in production of biological products e.g. monoclonal antibodies, peptides, protein, vaccine and viral vectors (non-GMP, up to Bio-safety level 2 and 500 liter).

In our flexible facility, and with some helping hands of our experienced staff, you can perform a wide variety of projects, including scale-up of parts of a process, or a complete process from frozen cell bank vial to purified protein.  

About Cytiva (formerly GE Healthcare Life Sciences)

We are a global provider of technologies and services that advance and accelerate the development and manufacture of therapeutics. We are nearly 7000 associates with operations in 40 countries. We are a trusted partner to customers who do things ranging from fundamental biological research to making life-saving vaccines, biologic drugs and novel cell and gene therapies. Some of our customers use our products in industries outside of biological research.

Our vision is a world in which access to life-changing therapies transforms human health.  Our everyday work leads us step by step toward this vision.

Our mission is advancing and accelerating therapeutics. We supply the tools and services – the pots, pans, soups and sauces - that help our customers do their work better, faster, and safer. Some of our products, such as filters, can also support a range of applications in industries outside of biological research. Everything we do is essential to the entire process – from start to finish and in between. We advance the work of our customers for better patient outcomes.