BioRegionUlm has been declared one of the winners of the Baden-Württemberg Cluster Contest. On 3rd November 2008, the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Economic Affairs Ernst Pfister presented the winner’s certificate to Otto Sälzle, BioRegionUlm’s managing director. The German Research Minister, Dr. Annette Schavan, also took part in the ceremony honouring BioRegionUlm’s winning concept on the development of innovative biopharmaceutical products and services in Baden-Württemberg.
The biopharmacy cluster including companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Rentschler, Vetter and Merckle Biotec will focus on three concrete objectives: first, the cluster plans to develop new biotechnological production methods and improve existing ones with the aim of making drug production cheaper and more efficient. Second, diagnostics and therapy solutions for personalised medicine will be jointly developed, applied and implemented on the basis of biotechnology. The third goal is the identification and application of new key technologies such as stem cell research, nanomedicine and nanobiotechnology in the health industry. Over the last ten years, the Ulm/Upper Swabian region cluster has undergone dynamic development and is now the European leader in the production of biotechnological drugs. In order to make its mark on the growing health market of the future, experts stress the importance of stepping up the collaboration between the biotechnology, pharmacy, diagnostics and medical technology sectors. The BioRegionUlm will use the newly acquired funds to focus on these efforts.