Leiden is a real hothouse for life sciences. The Leiden Bio Science Park accommodates nearly a hundred enterprises and institutes active in the field. On the Bio Science Park, two buildings enjoy a special status. Named after the ship that carried Darwin on his historic research voyage, Beagle Zernike and Beagle Darwin are shared facilities. Each is a microcosm of the Leiden Bio Science Park itself. The Beagle buildings house numerous biotech firms and laboratories. Their design and layout have been conceived with the specific intention of facilitating contact and productive interaction amongst the residents.
To mark the start of construction work on Beagle Zernike, a symposium called Building Value for Biotechs was organized. Iventus acted as the symposium's sole producer.