Additional Baden-Württemberg websites
On this page, we would like to present a selection of websites of Baden-Württemberg authorities, institutions and research centres that are all relevant to the biotechnology and life sciences sector.
The state portal of Baden-Württemberg with Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Rural Affairs, Food and Consumer Protection
Baden-Württemberg International actively serves the interests of Baden-Württemberg's business and research community worldwide. Baden-Württemberg International stands by domestic and foreign companies, research facilities, universities, regions and municipalities as a "first point of contact" to help companies establish operations and cooperative relationships here and to assist with know-how transfer.
The Regional Council Tübingen, Unit 58, is responsible for the enforcement of genetic engineering regulations in Baden-Württemberg. If you want to produce or work with genetically modified organisms, your facility and the planned genetic engineering work needs to be registered with the Regional Council Tübingen in order to obtain authorisation.The Regional Council Tübingen provides advice on genetic engineering work, genetic engineering facilities, and on registration and approval procedures. The Council is responsible for the approval and monitoring of genetic engineering facilities and work as well as products that are placed on the market (with the exception of animal feed and food).
The Baden-Württemberg Health Forum was established in 2000 on the initiative of the Baden-Württemberg government with the goal to promote the concept of network formation in the health sector and enhance efficiency and quality in this sector.
The Baden-Württemberg Health Forum brings together representatives from the different fields of health care, including the health care management industry, health and care professionals, universities and research institutions, insurance companies, health regions, associations and patient representatives, whose goal is to give innovative impulses for the improvement of health care in Baden-Württemberg and to reinforce health as a location factor for Baden-Württemberg. Further information about the members of the Baden-Württemberg Health Forum is available at:
Since spring 2003, "BioLAB Baden-Württemberg on Tour - Research, Life, Future" has been providing information about state-of-the-art research and the development potential of the modern life sciences and biotechnology in Baden-Württemberg.This educational project was initiated by the Baden-Württemberg Stiiftung and is supported by the Baden-Württemberg Chemical Associations (Chemie-Verbände Baden-Württemberg). It is mainly aimed at schoolchildren, providing practical work and teaching content as well as comprehensive state-specific information on education, studies and professional careers, and it also gives schoolchildren insights into the daily practical laboratory work of young researchers.
The Life Science Centre (LSC) is a central inter-faculty research network of the University of Hohenheim. The aim of the centre is to strengthen the University’s scientific potential in the field of Life Sciences with special emphasis on the Food Chain. The Life Science Centre brings together the numerous scientific activities from agricultural sciences, biology, food sciences, to socio-economic sciences to establish new interdisciplinary research projects. The Life Science Centre contributes to the establishment and future development of the University of Hohenheim as a scientific center for the life sciences.
The Technology-Lizenz-Büro (TLB; Technology Licensing Office) of the higer education institutions of Baden-Wuerttemberg GmbH stands for successful technology transfer out of universities into industry. TLB poerates at the intersection between higher education research institutes in the German State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the broader economy and offers easy access for industry to a braod range of attractive research and development outcomes.
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is a basic research institute supported by public research funds from 19 member states (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Croatia, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain). Approximately 80 independent research groups work at the EMBL, dealing with topics ranging across the entire molecular biology spectrum. The EMBL consists of five facilities: the main laboratory in Heidelberg (Germany) and outstations in Hinxton (European Bioinformatics Institute), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Monterotondo close to Rome (Italy). The cornerstones of the EMBL's mission are: to conduct basic research in molecular biology, to provide training to its staff, students and visitors at all levels, to provide services to scientists in member states, to develop new instrumentation and methods for biological research as well as active technology transfer. In addition, the Laboratory is also part of a Science Society programme.
The German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers. More than 2,000 staff members, including 850 scientists, are investigating the mechanisms of cancer and are working to identify cancer risk factors. They provide the foundations for developing novel approaches in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. In addition, the staff of the Cancer Information Service (KID) offers information about the widespread disease of cancer for patients, their families, and the general public. The Centre is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (90%) and the State of Baden-Württemberg (10%).
The NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen in Reutlingen conducts applied research at the interface of the bio- and material sciences. Its major focus is the development of marketable products and methods in the pharma and biotechnology, biomedical technology as well as surface and interfacial engineering areas. Major research priorities are the development of protein biochips and minimally invasive surgical instruments as well as the development of biomaterials for organ and bone replacement.
The four Core Facilities, Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics and the Life Imaging Centre, are the central institutions of the Centre of Systems Biology (ZBSA). The Core Facilities provide primary data for use by Data Analysts and Modelling Engineers in the development of realistic and comprehensive models of complex biological systems.
The interdisciplinary BIOQUANT centre in Heidelberg combines two internationally renowned priorities of the University of Heidelberg: molecular biological and biomedical research and its expert knowledge in scientific computing. BIOQUANT aims to use systems biological approaches in order to quantitatively understand complex functions.
The German government currently funds top university research within a national Excellence Initiative with the aim of creating scientific beacons in Germany that also have an international impact. The Excellence Initiative provides total funding of 1.9 billion euros to universities, 75% of which comes from the German government. In Baden-Württemberg, numerous graduate schools, excellence clusters and university concepts for the future have received funding under this programme.Heidelberg: "Cellular Networks", "Hartmut-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology", "Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for Science", "Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University"Freiburg: "Speman Graduate School of Biology and Medicine", "Centre for Biological Signalling Studies" (bioss), "Windows for Research"Karlsruhe: "Functional Nanostructures", "Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics", Future Concept of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)Konstanz: "Chemical Biology Research School ", "Fit for a Culture of Creativity"Stuttgart: "Simulation Technology"Tübingen and Stuttgart: "Interdisciplinary Centre for Integrative Neurosciences" (CIN)Ulm: "International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine"
The "Cell-based & Molecular Medicine" biotechnology cluster in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (BioRN) achieved success in the German government's top cluster competition. The Excellence University Heidelberg is supported by 100 partners from industry, science and politics, who are all involved in cell-based and molecular medicine with the major goal of bringing to industrial maturity 70 new drugs, diagnostics and technology platforms as well as 19 innovative services from the area of cell-based and molecular medicine within the next five years.