Heidelberg Technology Park’s extensive network broadens its members’ horizons at the political, economic, and scientific level. Whether the aim is to create a culture of innovation, to facilitate knowledge transfer, or to do business internationally, Heidelberg Technology Park provides excellent contacts for promoting rapid and effective growth. Direct dealings with both legal and political institutions and ministries are just as much a part of its work as is the development of efficient communications with partner parks worldwide.
At the local level, the Technology Park works closely with strong partners from science and industry on co-funded projects and publicity work. In biotechnology, for example, a number of research institutes and universities, pharma and biotech companies, municipalities, professional associations, and other bodies or institutions working in the same or in related fields, teamed up to form the BioRN Network e.V., a society whose mission is to promote cooperation and technology transfer between public sector research institutes and private enterprise. It supports the expansion of regional R&D infrastructure and forges links between the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region’s Biotechnology Cluster and other centers of innovation worldwide.
The society’s activities extend to regional-level networking, publicity work, and the development and maintenance of contacts with other European life sciences clusters. It represents the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region’s Biotechnology Cluster at supraregional and national level and is the first point of contact both for the State of Baden-Württemberg and for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Most of the networking done by Heidelberg Technology Park is in the following areas:
» local, national, and international networks in the following fields:
- business cooperation
- knowledge and knowledge transfer
- political cooperation at ministerial level
Working closely with the companies and research institutes based there, Heidelberg Technology Park offers internships as well as opportunities for scientific cooperation and exchange between both science- and non-science-based businesses and institutions. The aim is to foster awareness and understanding of each other’s domains and to simplify and proactively initiate international collaboration.
Heidelberg Technology Park cooperates with a number of local, national, and international institutions, research institutes, companies, and political organizations.
Affiliated universities and research institutes:
» Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
» University of Mannheim
» Heidelberg University of Applied Sciences
» Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
» University of Kaiserslautern
» European Laboratory for Molecular Biology, Heidelberg
» German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg
» Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie, Heidelberg
» Biochemistry Center of the University of Heidelberg
» Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
» Graduate School Rhein-Neckar gGmbH
» Membership of various biotech associations
Speaking the same language
Network coordination means learning to identify those needs that are likely to be important to members and cooperation partners not just today but tomorrow as well. For many years now, Heidelberg Technology Park has proved itself to be one of Germany’s most successful biotechnology centers when it comes to creating and building on competitive advantages.
Among the key advantages of Heidelberg Technology Park for prospective tenants is its many years of experience in the coordination of international knowledge transfer in the life sciences sector and its bundling of single products and services to open up and serve the most important national and international markets.
Direct dealings with both legal and political institutions and ministries are just as much a part of its work as is the development of efficient communications with partner parks worldwide.