Applications Open for the Asian Fund for Cancer Research’s BRACE Award Venture Competition


4 August 2020



Asian Fund for Cancer Research

Bradley Gillenwater, Senior Director for Global Programs & Communications



Hugill & Ip Solicitors

Marco Raccuia, Head of Finance & Operations



Applications Open for the Asian Fund for Cancer Research’s BRACE Award Venture Competition


First of Its Kind Investment Opportunity for Asia-Based Oncology Technology Start-Ups


HONG KONG – The Asian Fund for Cancer Research (AFCR) is now accepting applications from oncology start-ups for the Bridging Research from Academia to Cancer Entrepreneurship (BRACE) Award Venture Competition. The event and program uniquely supports Asian entrepreneurs’ cancer technology commercialization and start-up business efforts.


The BRACE Award Venture Competition offers financial and other support to oncology companies which most biopharmaceutical corporations and investors deem as at too early a stage, including those recently spun-out of cancer research laboratories. The program avails participants to potential investment and cash awards, key opinion leaders, insightful feedback from life sciences industry figures, increased visibility and credibility, and opportunity to further tap into AFCR’s extensive global network.


Accepted BRACE Award Venture Competition applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of leading cancer researchers and industry executives, investors and entrepreneurs. Additionally, all accepted applications will have the opportunity to showcase their companies and technologies in a short video to be voted on by the public as the “People’s Choice.” Top applicants as determined by the selection committee, along with the winning applicant of the online voting, will advance as semi-finalists.


The semi-finalists will deliver virtual private and confidential presentations to a world-class judging committee, and two finalists will be selected and granted cash prizes of HK$10,000. Among the finalists, professional due diligence will be performed in determining the BRACE Award Venture Competition winner, which will receive up to HK$2,000,000 in equity investment from AFCR and be announced and featured at the BIOHK2021 international convention— scheduled for 10-13 March 2021 in Hong Kong.


“With the BRACE Award Venture Competition and infusion of investment into its winner, AFCR aims to raise awareness of the importance of accelerating commercialization of cancer research innovations that could save patients’ lives,” says Asian Fund for Cancer Research Chief Executive Officer Sujuan Ba, Ph.D. “We also hope to build up critically needed ecosystems helping life sciences entrepreneurs throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”


“The BRACE Award Venture Competition is an important addition to our region’s cancer technology and biomedical industry environment, fostering ideas and approaches on the cutting edge of research,” expressed AFCR Chairman of the Board Gary Wong, a partner of Hugill & Ip Solicitors, which is one of the event sponsors. “Few sources are willing to invest in high risk, pre-clinical start-ups and, through the BRACE program, our organization is proud to be in the lead.”


Learn more about the BRACE Award Venture Competition and apply before 31 August at


About the Asian Fund for Cancer Research

The Asian Fund for Cancer Research (AFCR) is a non-profit organization committed to curing cancers that have significant impacts on Asian populations. Headquartered in Hong Kong, AFCR is uniquely positioned to implement in Asia the newest cancer research discoveries and technologies from around the world, investigate the distinct causes of cancer in Asian populations through innovative genetic and molecular research, and develop more effective therapies tailored to the region’s cancer patients. For more information, visit


About Hugill & Ip Solicitors

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About BIOHK2021

BIOHK2021 is the upcoming annual international convention organized by the Hong Kong Biotechnology Organization, introducing novel, state-of-the-art biotech innovations from around the globe, with the purpose of providing an extensive platform to allow pioneers of the industry to convene. From infectious diseases like COVID-19, to the latest cancer treatments and diagnostics, BIOHK2021 will cover relevant and timely topics in biotechnology. For more information, visit