EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the life science industry, will hold the first Partnering for Global Impact® conference in Lugano, Switzerland, July 9–10, 2012 at the Lugano Convention Centre. Partnering for Global Impact provides an innovative forum to partner, identify and generate investment and funding opportunities and provide an effective platform for collaboration between “impact” investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists that are driven to deliver positive change in communities around the world.

Lugano was selected as the premier location for Partnering for Global Impact based on its central European location and its reputation as a center of commerce. Located on Lake Lugano in southern Switzerland, Lugano is known as the third most important financial center and banking business hub in Switzerland, and is considered a hot spot by celebrities who refer to it as the Monte Carlo of Switzerland.

“I am delighted that Lugano will host Partnering for Global Impact,” said Giorgio Giudici, Mayor of Lugano. “As the economic center of the region, Lugano has much to offer to the global social investment community, and our financial institutions are poised to assist with investment deals in any way they can. We also hope that the natural beauty of Lugano is inspiring to the conference delegates who are working to change our world for the better.”

Partnering for Global Impact was conceived to foster innovation in global philanthropy by connecting investors with forward-thinking social impact organizations who are inspired to create sustainable communities through the use of traditional business principles. Companies with a clear social purpose in one of five key sectors including education, healthcare, housing, financial services and water are encouraged to apply.

The conference is intended to promote partnering investment opportunities that are difficult to obtain from mainstream capital markets or traditional investors, enabling big and small social impact projects to get off the ground. Powered by partneringONE®, EBD Group’s sophisticated, web-based partnering system, the event enables delegates to efficiently identify, meet and get partnerships started with companies across the global social impact space, from large social impact organizations and community projects to financiers and social finance investors. Information on the conference can be found at . The deadline for presenting companies to submit applications is April 27, 2012.

About Partnering for Global Impact:

Partnering for Global Impact is a unique, innovative forum where social entrepreneurs, project incubators, philanthropists, fund managers, foundations, financial institutions, families and family offices, and forward-looking investors can partner, identify and generate investment and funding opportunities. Presenting companies will discuss their social impact projects as they relate to the following five key sectors: education, healthcare, housing, financial services, and water.

The application deadline for social impact organizations to present at Partnering for Global Impact is April 27, 2012. Details on the application process can be found online at .

The early bird deadline for registration for the conference is May 18, 2012 to save CHF 200. Information on the conference and registration details can be found online at .

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About EBD Group

EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group’s partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group’s conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:

— BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®, Europe’s largest life science partnering conferences, supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

— BioPharm America™, the fastest growing partnering event in North America

— EuroMedtech™, EBD Group’s partnering event for the innovative medical technology industry

— BioEquity Europe, the investor conference co-organized with BioCentury Publications and BIO

— ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, the first dedicated biotech/pharma partnering conference in China, co-produced with ChinaBio® LLC

— Partnering for Global Impact®, a new partnering conference providing an innovative forum to partner, identify and generate social and philanthropic investment and funding opportunities

— Biotech Showcase™, a unique forum in San Francisco for presenting to investors and business development executives, co-produced with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors

EBD Group’s sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences at industry events.

Outside of the conference format, EBD Group’s consultants provide hands-on assistance for firms seeking to in- or out-license products and technologies.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

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  1. You don’t have to be an investor to attend the Partnering for Global Impact conference to be held in Lugano, Switzerland this July. This is a great opportunity for upcoming business and companies to gain some innovative ideas to improve their enterprises as well as create international connections with potential investors.

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