Our history 

35 Years in the Service of Innovation

For more than three decades, Technologiepark Heidelberg has been providing laboratories, cleanrooms, and offices for scientific and technological companies. We have internationally become one of the prime addresses for research-intensive startups and growth companies. Our tenants appreciate the proximity to renowned research institutions and companies, as well as the quality of life in Heidelberg.

Vision Technology Park

Steady Growth and Success

We are constantly evolving as a location

Since its inception in 1984, the Technology Park model at the Heidelberg site has proven successful, contributing to the success of the Heidelberg business location with its concept of capturing spin-offs and retaining them at the site.

The nucleus of the Technology Park is in Im Neuenheimer Feld, which has been expanded piece by piece and today consists of five construction phases. The sixth phase of construction is currently underway.

 

 

 

 

From the First Science Park to a Successful Model – Growth and Innovation

From the First Science Park to a Successful Model – Growth and Innovation

Initially, we were the first science park nationwide. Today, we are the communication hub of the region. For our 30th anniversary in 2014, we have summarized our success story for you.

Brochure on the 30th Anniversary of Technologiepark Heidelberg (pdf)

From the idea until today

Success model in Heidelberg

 

» 2024

Completion of the second construction phase of the new LAB22 building. Medium-sized companies from sectors like Life Science, BioTech, IT, or AI will find independent laboratory and office spaces starting from 160 sqm in a central and innovative environment. The four-story building is constructed in state-of-the-art passive building style, featuring a central supply and exhaust air system, continuous air quality monitoring, heating and cooling ceilings in the corridor and office areas, ventilation of laboratories with eight-fold air exchange, elevators for persons and (hazardous) goods, and much more.

» 2023

With the completion of the first construction phase of the new building of Technologiepark Heidelberg, LAB22, BioLabs Heidelberg moves into its new premises and celebrated this with a grand opening on September 27, 2023. The provider of WetLabs and CoWorking Spaces offers a pre-equipped infrastructure for young companies and founders in the BioTech and MedTech sectors.

» 2022

Construction work begins on the second building of Technologiepark Heidelberg on the premises of hip at Nikola-Tesla-Str. 1. The "LAB22" consists of two construction phases, the first to be completed in the summer of 2023 and the second in the winter of 2023. The new LAB22 building will offer young and established companies, in addition to unfurnished modern laboratory and office spaces, fully equipped laboratory workstations and CoWorking Spaces.

» 2019

The Business Development Center Heidelberg (BDC HD) was opened on October 23, 2019, with a ceremonial act. The BDC offers young companies (e.g., from the high-tech and biotechnology sectors) office spaces, laboratories, and cleanroom-capable areas in Heidelberg. In addition to the functional and individually plannable infrastructure, the building also has public areas in the form of conference rooms, a cafeteria, and CoWorking spaces. Flexibility, versatility, and top infrastructure make the BDC a high-tech nucleus.

» 2017

Construction begins for the future sixth site of the Technologiepark in Heidelberg, the "Business Development Center" (BDC) at the edge of the former Patton Barracks and in the middle of the future Heidelberg Innovation Park (hip). The HIP will in the future house startups and companies from IT, digital media technology, as well as laboratories and office spaces. The BDC targets small and medium-sized high-tech companies and will go into operation in the third quarter of 2019.

» 2014

The withdrawal of the American armed forces from the Rhine-Neckar region is complete. Left behind are former military-used areas of about 200 hectares - approximately twice the size of Heidelberg's old town. These conversion areas offer the city of Heidelberg enormous prospects for further growth, which is predestined due to its attractiveness as a research and development, education, and business location.

» 2013

Completion of the cooperation agreement between Dr. André Domin and David Baker, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, in the presence of Rita Athas, President of the World Business Chicago Association, and Dr. Ralf Kindervater, BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg. Lord Mayor Dr. Eckart Würzner and Mayor Scharff from Palo Alto/USA sign the "Smart Cities Alliance" in the Heidelberg City Hall, a cooperation in the fields of economy, science, and the environment.

» 2012

In 2012, two major construction projects were completed for Technologiepark Heidelberg. Octapharma AG, a leading global producer of plasma derivatives, invested more than 25 million euros in the construction of a research center in Technologiepark Heidelberg. The grand opening took place in the fall of 2012. Almost simultaneously, SKYLABS in the future district of Bahnstadt in Heidelberg was completed. It is the heart of the campus in Bahnstadt, where in the future an additional 7,000 people will work in business and science, next to the existing biotech companies of Technologiepark Czernyring and the Organic Electronics Cluster.

» 2010

In Technologiepark, the realization of the 4th construction phase in Neuenheimer Feld and the expansion of further areas begin. Octapharma AG, a leading global producer of plasma derivatives, invests more than 20 million euros in the construction of a research center for Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals GmbH.

» 2009

Technologiepark Heidelberg, as a co-founder of the International Association of Science Parks, the world association of technology and science parks, opens its International PartnerPort. The mutual offer to use an office on a temporary basis benefits all connected technology parks and companies.

» 2008

The Rhine-Neckar region receives two funding commitments for the clusters "Cell-Based and Molecular Medicine" and "Organic Electronics". Technologiepark GmbH, together with the BioRegion Rhein-Neckar-Dreieck e.V., establishes the BioRN Cluster Management GmbH, thus creating powerful structures to best support the projects.

» 2006

In Neuenheimer Feld, the TP Conference Center and a new restaurant for employee catering with the TP Lounge are opened. The Conference Center offers meeting rooms and state-of-the-art presentation technology in a central location.

» 2005

In 2005, the Environmental Competence Center (UKom) Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar e.V., a dedicated environmental site, was finally opened. In the Heinsteinwerke, founded in 1911, Kraus Immobilien GmbH created new space for ideas on an area of 1,700 sqm according to the specific needs of this growth sector.

» 2003

exploHeidelberg, a facility of the Youth and Science Heidelberg GmbH foundation, opens its doors. The extracurricular study center offers an interactive exhibition with exhibits on basic scientific phenomena, a media lab, a molecular biology learning lab, and a service unit for the development of teaching and learning programs. Meanwhile, explo is located in the Heidelberg Zoo.

» 2000 – 2002

The number of biotech companies, service providers, and suppliers has risen to 80 with around 1,400 employees. Building extensions in the third construction phase in Neuenheimer Feld result in a total area of 50,000 sqm.

» 2000

The Women Entrepreneurs Center Heidelberg opens its doors. Here, female founders and young entrepreneurs can rent office spaces at favorable conditions.

» 1998

The steady growth in companies and further new startups necessitate the expansion of the Neuenheimer Feld site in the 2nd construction phase to around 14,000 sqm of laboratory and office space.

» 1995 – 1997

In the Rhine-Neckar Triangle, research institutions and universities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, municipalities, chambers, and associations come together in an association, the BioRegion Rhein-Neckar-Dreieck e.V. The victory in the BioRegio competition and the commitment of 50 million DM for research projects by the BMBF are based on the unique characteristics of the region: internationally leading scientists in the field of molecular biology and biomedicine in the neighborhood of the large pharmaceutical industry of BASF, Knoll, Boehringer Mannheim, and Merck.

» 1986

Michael Paulista founded BIOPHARM Gesellschaft zur biotechnologischen Entwicklung von Pharmaka mbH in Heidelberg and settled in Biopark Czernyring.

» 1985

In the summer, the first new building complex of Technologiepark "Im Neuenheimer Feld" is completed and opened by Lothar Späth. With 11 founding companies and 5,000 sqm of laboratory and office space, the Biopark is considered the first of its kind in Germany.

» 1984

Founding of Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH by the City of Heidelberg and the Rhein-Neckar Chamber of Commerce and Industry as shareholders. Since then, the idea of the technology park has been particularly evident in the research campus Neuenheimer Feld.

» 1982/1983

Prof. Dr. Christian Birr, founder of the biotech company ORPEGEN GmbH, and other committed individuals, together with the then Lord Mayor Dr. Reinold Zundel and Prime Minister Lothar Späth, developed the idea of the Technologiepark Heidelberg.

Impressions –
The First Years in Pictures

The following impressions will give you an idea of the construction phases of our site in the Neuenheimer Feld.

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