Our story
Thirty years in the service of innovation

The Heidelberg Technology Park has provided laboratories, clean rooms, and offices for scientific and technological companies for more than three decades. We have become one of the prime locations for research-intensive company start-ups and growth companies worldwide. Our tenants value their proximity to renowned research facilities and companies, as well as the quality of life in Heidelberg.

Technology Park vision

Steady growth and success
We are constantly developing as a location

Ever since it was set up in 1984, the application of the technology park model at the Heidelberg location has been a success, and its concept of capturing and retaining spin-offs continues to contribute to Heidelberg’s success as a business location.

The nucleus of the Technology Park in Im Neuenheimer Feld has been gradually extended and today includes four phases of construction.

From the first technology park to a successful model – growth and innovation

At the beginning we were the first science park in Germany. Today we are a communication hub of the region. To mark our 30th anniversary in 2014, we have summarized our success story for you. 

Leaflet on the 30th anniversary of the Heidelberg Technology Park (pdf)

From the original idea to the present day

A model for success in Heidelberg

» 2017

Construction work begins at the sixth Technology Park location in Heidelberg, the “Business Development Center Organic Electronics” (BDC OE) on the outskirts of the former Patton Barracks, right at the heart of the future Heidelberg Innovation Park (HIP). The HIP will be home to IT and digital media technology start-ups and companies. The BDC OE will cater to leading-edge technology SMEs and will open in mid 2019.

» 2014

The American forces have completely withdrawn from the Rhine-Neckar region, leaving behind approximately 200 hectares of land—about twice the size of Heidelberg’s old town—formerly used for military purposes. These conversion areas provide Heidelberg with huge prospects in terms of further growth, and have been preordained as research, development, education, and business locations due to their attractiveness.

» 2013

Dr. André Domin and David Baker, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, sign a collaboration agreement in the presence of Rita Athas, President, World Business Chicago, and Prof. Ralf Kindervater, CEO, BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH. Lord Mayor Dr. Eckart Würzner and Palo Alto (USA) Mayor Greg Scharff sign the “Smart Cities Alliance”, a collaboration in the fields of business, science, and the environment, at the Heidelberg town hall.

» 2012

Two major construction projects for the Heidelberg Technology Park are completed. Octapharma AG, the world’s leading producer of plasma derivatives, invested more than €25 million in the construction of a new research center in the Heidelberg Technology Park. The ceremonial opening is in fall 2012. SkyLabs in Heidelberg’s future district Bahnstadt is also completed at almost the same time. It is the heart of the Bahnstadt campus where, in addition to the existing biotech companies at the Czernyring Technology Park and the Organic Electronics Cluster, a further 7,000 people are expected to work in the fields of science and business in future.

» 2010

Phase four of construction in the Im Neuenheimer Feld Technology Park as well as the expansion of other spaces begin. Octapharma AG, the world's leading producer of plasma derivatives, invests more than €20 million in the construction of a new research center for Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals GmbH.

» 2009

The Heidelberg Technology Park, cofounder of the International Association of Science Parks, the global network of science and technology parks, opens its International PartnerPort. All associated technology parks and companies benefit from the mutual provision of temporary office space.

» 2008

The Rhine-Neckar region is awarded two grants for the “Cellular and Molecular Medicine” and “Organic Electronics” clusters. Technologiepark GmbH and BioRegion Rhein-Neckar-Dreieck e. V. set up BioRN Clustermanagement GmbH and create efficient structures to manage projects in the best manner possible.

» 2006

The Technology Park’s ConferenceCenter and Lounge, a new restaurant for employees, open their doors in Im Neuenheimer Feld. The ConferenceCenter provides meeting rooms and state-of-the-art presentation technology at a central location.

» 2005

The Umweltkompetenzzentrum Rhein-Neckar e. V. (UKOM) opens its own environmental competence center. Kraus Immobilien GmbH creates a total of 1,700 m2 of thinking space specifically designed for the needs of this growth industry in the Heinstein factories established in 1911.

» 2003

ExploHeidelberg, an institution of the Stiftung Jugend und Wissenschaft Heidelberg gGmbH (Heidelberg Youth and Science Foundation), opens its doors. The extracurricular study center includes an interactive exhibition on basic scientific phenomena, a media laboratory, a molecular biological learning laboratory, and a service unit for the development of teaching and learning programs. It is now located in the Heidelberg Zoo.

» 2000–2002

The number of biotech companies, service providers, and suppliers rises to 80, with a complement of around 1,400 employees. Structural work in the third phase of construction in Im Neuenheimer Feld produces a total area of 50,000 m2.

» 2000

The Heidelberg Business Incubator opens its doors: Start-up founders and young entrepreneurs can rent office space at favorable rates here.

» 1998

Constant growth of the companies and additional start-ups at the Im Neuenheimer Feld location require an expansion of around 14,000 m2 of laboratory and office space in the second phase of construction.

» 1995–1997

Research facilities and universities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, the municipalities, chambers, and associations in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region form a single association, the BioRegion Rhein-Neckar-Dreieck e. V. Victory at the BioRegio competition and a commitment by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of DM50 million for research projects is due in no small measure to the region’s unique characteristics: Internationally leading scientists in molecular biology and biomedicine in close proximity to large pharmaceutical companies such as BASF, Knoll, Boehringer Mannheim and Merck.

» 1986

Michael Paulista founds BIOPHARM Gesellschaft zur biotechnologischen Entwicklung von Pharmaka mbH in Heidelberg and locates it in the Czernyring BioPark.

» 1985

The first new building complex of the Technology Park in “Im Neuenheimer Feld” is completed in summer and opened by Lothar Späth. Comprising 11 founding companies and 5,000 m2 of laboratory and office space, the BioPark is the first of its kind in Germany.

» 1984

Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH is founded by the city of Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), who are its shareholders. The idea of a technology park has since apparently developed into a research campus in Im Neuenheimer Feld.

» 1982/1983

Prof. Christian Birr, founder of the biotech company ORPEGEN Peptide Chemicals GmbH, together with other committed parties, former Lord Mayor Dr. Reinold Zundel, and Prime Minister Lothar Späth, develop the idea of the Heidelberg Technology Park

Pictures –
the first years

The following pictures give you an impression of the phases of construction in Im Neuenheimer Feld.