Biotech x AI
summer camp '21

NODES is launching the first ever
SEED Summer Camp


To see the future of Biotech

About the program

BIO x AI  is a seed-stage summer program based in Zurich. We are launching the first ever summer program aimed at early-stage startups at the intersection of biology and engineering.

We're looking for world-class startups who are creating software-enabling biotech companies with the potential to make incredible advances in the world of biology and tech.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to find the next generation of world-class entrepreneurs who are creating biotech companies at the intersection of engineering and biology, and provide those founders with the right strategies, the knowledge, the connections and structure necessary to build a life science company.

NODES BIO is founded by venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the BIO space who have built and invested in iconic companies as well as academics; NODES will spend a single intense month with them to help them craft a strategy to a successful launch.


We're especially interested in innovative startups building solutions within the thematic areas below, as well as within healthcare delivery, programmable medicine and engineered biology.


We support selected candidate with consulting and work one-on-one sessions for 1 intense month. We help founders build world-class teams, find projects and customers, and support in raising a the financing round


We’ll work closely with you to provide strategic guidance and tailored support

Investor Access

We’ll work with you to craft a targeted fundraising strategy, introduce you to our esteemed network of VCs and the wider Life science industry investors.

Peer Group

You’ll join an elite peer community of founders in the program, going after shared challenges together


Incorporate early feedback and build traction with an extensive network of companies seeking to partner with bio + engineering startups

Experts Panel

Our incredible experts will share
their knowledge and insights (more to be announced)

Eliott Harfouche

Managing Partner at NODES

Eliott has been an advisor for dozens of clients on early-stage investments since he first joined the Venture Capital industry. Prior to founding Nodes Advisors, he was an Investment Manager at Polytech Ventures, where he oversaw early-stage investments of ~USD 50M across Switzerland.

Andrew Granatstein

Associate at SpaceFund Ventures

Andrew Granatstein is a "NewSpace" startup investor & mentor whose goal is to develop a robust in-space economy to better life on Earth. He is a Junior Partner at SpaceFund, where he oversees the fund's investment funnel and manages market research activities.


Partner at NODES

Prior to joining Nodes Advisors, Kjell co-founded and served at the boards of successful biotech companies Galecto Biotech, Aptahem, and Cyxone – the latter of which he became the CEO. The three companies combined raised more than USD 100 million in the first five years. Kjell’s large pharma background spans bio-investing with Medwell Capital and managing projects in cancer, infectious diseases, neuroinflammatory disorders, and antiviral therapy at AstraZeneca.


Partner at NODES

Prior to joining Nodes Advisors, Tyler worked in strategic operations and global business development with multiple US-based and international sell-side and buy-side engagements. In addition to founding Aroner Surgical LLC, a Seattle-based life science distributorship, Tyler has been a direct investor, advisor, researcher, and operator in a multitude of areas spanning life sciences, biotech, and regenerative therapies, including rigid fixation implants, ML/AI-enabled diagnostics, IoT wearables for long-term-care, robotics, and 3D bioprinting, among others.

Summary of Important Dates

Applications OPEN

NOW (June 25th, 2021)

Applications CLOSE

August  20th, 2021

Semi-finalists notified

Week of August 25th 2021

Semi-Final Team Interviews

September 1st - 10th, 2021

Final Teams Notified

September 15th, 2021


Week of 19 Sep. 2021

Welcome Teams Event

Week of 19 Sep. 2021

Mentor Matching Event

Week of 21 Sep. 2021

Workshop #1: Storytelling, Presentation & Pitching

Week of 4 Oct. 2021

Workshop #2: Science, Technical & Market Plan


Week of 18 Oct. 2021

Workshop #3: Grants and Fundraising

Week of 25 Oct. 2021

Workshop #4: Dry runs

Fundraising kick off
1st Week of Nov. 2021

Practice pitch event

We have seen incredible advances in the world of biology and tech the last few years, from AI diagnosing cancer more accurately than humans do, to editing genes with CRISPR.