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Canadian companies to establish contacts with potential Baden-Württemberg partners

At a Canadian-German partnering event held on 29th October 2009 in Stuttgart, a number of Canadian and German companies presented themselves to an audience of representatives from industry, business associations and politics. The partnering event was jointly organised by the Canadian Consulate and BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg.

The companies presented their company concepts in eight short talks on new platform technologies, contract manufacturing and clinical trial management services. Prior to the presentations, Dr. Ralf Kindervater (CEO of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg) gave an overview of biotechnology in Baden-Württemberg and the role of BIOPRO.

Inspired by the talks, the attendees had the opportunity to make contact with potential partners during coffee and snack breaks, thus taking the initial step towards potential future cooperations. The attendees also took full advantage of the opportunity to  reinforce existing contacts with other Baden-Württemberg participants as well as to glean information about the latest developments in the biotechnology sector.

"BIOPRO is very open to enquiries from organisations such as the Canadian Embassy who originally suggested organising a reception for interested companies," explained Kindervater after the meeting, adding "Baden-Württemberg has a lot to offer foreign partners. And Baden-Württemberg companies themselves also stand to benefit from the professional contacts made at such events." The partnering event closed with a visit to the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute in Reutlingen, which gave the visitors an insight into the institute and the latest developments made by individual research groups. The visit to the NMI also included a tour of the institute's laboratories.

The overall feeling about the partnering event was very positive and the majority of participants left the event with the prospect of new cooperations.

In the fields of biotechnology and the life sciences, Baden-Württemberg offers an ideal environment for cooperations or the establishment of companies. As a product of excellent scientific research, a dynamic business landscape has emerged in Germany's southwest: Baden-Württemberg has one of the highest numbers of companies in Germany. There are 150 biotech companies, 570 medical technology companies and 114 small- and medium-sized companies as well as 8 big pharmaceutical companies. These companies are complemented by more than 1,000 genetic engineering facilities, five biotechnology parks and five Bioregions.

Impressions of the partnering event

Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/article/press-release/canadian-companies-to-establish-contacts-with-potential-baden-wuerttemberg-partners