Hannover. Expanding your network, finding new business partners, investors and distributors and exploring new market opportunities – these are the hallmarks of a successful event, and most likely to happen when everyone's tradeshow agendas have been carefully planned out in advance. To boost the chances for fruitful dialogue between exhibitors and visitors, the organizers of LABVOLUTION and the BIOTECHNICA life sciences event are offering a free matchmaking service based on an established platform by the EBD Group – a market-leading partnering firm for the life science industry. Participants at LABVOLUTION can sign up in advance for meetings at the European specialized fair for innovative laboratory equipment and workflow optimization (16–18 May) in Hannover, Germany. Online registration is already open.

"Matchmaking and networking are fundamental components of LABVOLUTION with BIOTECHNICA," notes Bernd Heinold, Project Director for LABVOLUTION at Deutsche Messe. "On the one hand, you can expect to come to Hannover and find industry representatives from every field of lab technology relevant to users; on the other hand, the exhibition is also a get-together for the entire biotech community, bringing together academics, researchers and industry. There's tremendous potential to make high-caliber contacts that can lead to collaboration and networking between researchers and industry."

The free matchmaking service available to both visitors and exhibitors makes it possible to identify new business partners and set up promising appointments even before LABVOLUTION begins. The meetings can then take place at a dedicated Matchmaking Area or at exhibitors' stands. Expanding your network ahead of the fair has never been this effective or uncomplicated.

The EBD Group's free online matchmaking service was also on offer for the previous staging of the fair, in 2015. The software is based on the EBD Group's "partnering360" – a professional network encompassing roughly 30,000 members of the life sciences field. The members of the partnering360 network are also available to make new contacts throughout the year at various partnering events. Registered users can use it to present themselves, their companies and their products and technologies.

Registrations are now being taken for the event in May 2017, at the following site: