These privacy policy is binding for Biotechgate, Life Sciences Nation and all related portals (see paragraph 2).


1. Preface

This is the Privacy Policy of the Biotechgate Company Database as well as all related databases and country portals. This includes Life Science Nation, the Chinese Biotech Database as well as all portals mentioned at The database or parts of its content may also be available on our cooperation partners’ websites (see partners mentioned at All statements in this Privacy Policy are bounding for Biotechgate as well as all related portals (the expression “Biotechgate” stands for and includes all related database portals). Biotechgate is owned by Venture Valuation VV AG (“Venture Valuation”), Zurich, Switzerland. This Privacy Policy covers two areas of information that may be submitted to the portal: One area is “Biotechgate users” which includes all information submitted as a user of the public database interface (using the search form, visiting a profile, creating a subscriber account (including Free subscription) as well as any information a subscriber stores in his account, such as bookmarks or notes. The other area is “Biotechgate profiles” where a user enters information to be published on our portals (such as company profiles, a licensing deal, events etc.). Parts of the following paragraphs refer only to one or the other of these areas (indicated in the title of the chapter). By using Biotechgate (including searching the database, visiting profiles, adding / updating information as well as submitting any information to the portal) you agree to this Privacy Policy.


2. Information collection

Biotechgate users

All information you submit during your subscription process is kept for internal purposes only. Depending on your subscription model, you may have the possibility to link subscriptions to each other (within a company or an organization) in order to share notes among several subscribers. In this case notes which do not have the availability status “Available for viewing only on my account” are also available to all linked subscribers. By registering and submitting your information to Biotechgate you agree that we may contact you by post, telephone, e-mail or fax to keep you updated on developments related to your subscriptions. You have the possibility to unsubscribe (“opt-out”) for any of these information services. E-mails however which are based on a specific action of the user (such as subscribing, cancelation, recurring payments etc.) are sent automatically and cannot be turned off. By using any of our services you agree that these automatically generated e-mails will be sent to you. Information is also collected about the use of any page of the Biotechgate portal. Several statistics tools track visits (incl. page views, IP address, time of visit etc.) of all users (also see chapter about “Google Analytics” further down on this page). For logged-in users (registered users who have a Biotechgate account) visits to profiles are tracked. Venture Valuation reserves the right to exclude or otherwise edit any information submitted to its website.


Biotechgate profiles

On Biotechgate you have the possibility to publish your own information (such as an organization’s profile, information about a licensing deal, an event). For any information that is submitted to us, we also track the IP address of the user (which is used for security reasons and internal purposes only). Profiles are usually reviewed by an editor before they are publicly available on the website. Venture Valuation reserves the right to exclude or otherwise edit any information submitted to its website. Also Venture Valuation reserves the right to complete a profile or attach additional information to it which is provided by a news feed or a cooperation partner (e.g. job ads, company news etc.). This additional information may be attached automatically to the profiles. While Venture Valuation shall exert its best effort to match the right attachment with the right profile, it cannot be guaranteed that any attached information is linked to the right profile. In this case Venture Valuation shall not be liable for any problems that might arise but will remove incorrect attachments within 48 hours of notification. By using any of our services you agree that some automatically generated e-mails (such as listing-request responses, activation confirmations etc.) will be sent to you automatically. Profiles can be reviewed, edited, updated, completed or deleted by the Biotechgate team in Zurich, the editing Team of VV Data Processing (I) Pvt. Ltd. in India (a joint venture company and partner of Venture Valuation) as well as any cooperation partner for a specific region. For questions and requests about your profile, please contact us using the “Contact Information” below.


3. Use of information

Biotechgate users

Personal information about Biotechgate users (such as name, postal address, e-mail, phone number) are used for internal purposes only. By submitting such information, you agree that we may contact you by phone, post, e-mail or fax to keep you informed about your subscription, possible changes to your account as well as about any information which may be relevant for you as a registered user. Information collected with a statistics tool (such as page views, IP address of a user, time of visit) but no personal information (such as the name of the user) is used for internal purposes (access statistics and analysis) and can be made available to any of Venture Valuation’s cooperation partners.


Biotechgate profiles

If you submit information for the propose of publishing on Biotechgate (such as an organization’s profile, a licensing-deal, an event), you agree that any of this information can be made publicly available to any Biotechgate users, subscribers as well as partners of Biotechgate. The only exceptions are fields or areas within a profile which are labeled with a comment such as “for internal use only” (or similar) which may be made available to cooperation partners but not to the public. In case you join a conference at which the conference and partnering software PartneringOne of our cooperation partner EBD Group is used, your organization’s profile may be imported to PartneringOne. For information about the use of this profile, please read EBD Group’s Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions.


4. Opting out

Biotechgate provides you with the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ of having your personal information used for certain purposes. For example, if you no longer wish to receive newsletters, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each communication, or by contacting us by any of the methods listed in “Contact Information” (below). You will be notified if Venture Valuation intends to use your personal information in any way not covered by this Privacy Policy, so that you can make an informed choice about opting out.


5. Changes to your information

If your personal information is incorrect or changes, you may be able to correct or update parts of it by logging-in your account or accessing your organization’s profile. Alternatively, or if you no longer wish for your personal information to remain on our Web site, please contact Venture Valuation using the contact information listed below.


6. Security

Venture Valuation follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.


7. Use of cookies

In certain cases, we use what are known as “cookies” (small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes.). You can configure your browser to display a warning before cookies are saved. You can also choose to dispense with personal cookies and the advantages that they offer. If you do so, however, you will not be able to use certain services.


8. Use of Google Analytics – Statement

“This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.”


9. Legal Disclaimer

Venture Valuation may disclose Information when required by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on us.


10. Notification of Changes

If Venture Valuation decides or needs to change its privacy policy, we will post those changes in this privacy statement and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here or by means of a notice on our homepage.


11. Applicable Law

By visiting Biotechgate you agree that the laws of Switzerland, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern this Privacy Policy and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Venture Valuation or its affiliates.
12. Contact information


c/o Venture Valuation VV AG

Kasernenstrasse 11

8004 Zurich


Phone: +41 43 321 86 60

Fax: +41 43 321 86 61



13. Update history

This Privacy Policy was published on September, 17th 2012.