Scienion AG is a German company that designs and builds a range of high-precision machines and solutions for the non-contact printing of biomolecules for R&D labs working on sensor chips.

In 2016, the company chose to set up its French subsidiary, Cellenion, in Lyon; Cellenion specialises in solutions and technologies for the controlled distribution of cells using applications in the fields of bio-printing and single cell isolation

Bio printing is the generation of cell patterns using 3D printing technology. The manipulation of an isolated cell has long been a challenge for the scientific community given the minute size and fragility of cells. Cellenion has developed and patented a disruptive technology called CellenONE, which enables the isolation and high-speed distribution of cells one by one on a wide range of substratum.

Aderly assisted the company throughout its development project, in particular with the legal and fiscal elements as well as financing, networking with local industrial and academic partners (Lyonbiopole, I-Care, Bioaster). Aderly also helped them to find premises, recruit staff and transfer existing employees.

One of the reasons the company chose the Lyon area was for the excellent conditions if offers biotech companies, thanks to the presence of the Lyonbiopole competitive cluster. Cellenion has already begun building a regional scientific network with companies and associations.

Guilhem Tourniaire, scientific director of Cellenion said: “Aderly, the economic development agency for the Lyon area, was a great support. Their teams helped us throughout our project to set up a laboratory and a company in Lyon. Aderly also encouraged Cellenion to take part in Biovision, the world forum for life sciences. Cellenion won the “Project Catalyzer” prize in April 2016; which was a huge success for a young company. (www.biovision.org/catalyzer-winners).”

The company also became a member of CED (European centre for Dermocosmetology), based in Lyon, in order to promote research projects in this field.