City of Leipzig joins biosaxony, an industry association that has long supported Leipzig

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City of Leipzig joins biosaxony, an industry association that has long supported Leipzig

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30. September 2022  •  Knowledge intensive service

The Leipzig Office for Economic Development has joined biosaxony, the industry association of the life science cluster in Saxony. The aims of membership are to better represent the interests of the City of Leipzig, to strengthen existing collaborations and partnerships, and to directly support businesses, clinics, research centers, and transfer institutions based in the city.

One of the shared objectives of biosaxony and the City of Leipzig is to initiate projects between industry and the research community in biotech, health technology and healthcare. Other aims include supporting innovative startups in these sectors, promoting sustainable technology transfer, and creating new, highly qualified jobs in the medium term.

biosaxony has already been awarded and carried out several projects in and for Leipzig with life science partners from industry and science. One of these is the recently opened Medical Forge accelerator program, which simplifies the final step for startups and SMEs trying to enter the German healthcare market, and attracts German and foreign companies to Saxony. The fact that the key industry event BIO-Europe 2022 will shortly be held in Leipzig (October 24–26) is also the result of Leipzig’s partnership with biosaxony.

Clemens Schülke, acting head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Employment and Digital Transformation, declared: “We’re determined to reinforce Leipzig as a biotech hub. We’ve already taken important steps. I see enormous future potential in Medical Forge attracting pioneering companies to Leipzig. By joining biosaxony, we’re consolidating our close cooperation over the past few years and laying the foundations for new projects.”

Dr. Oliver Uecke, the Chair of biosaxony, welcomed the new member as follows: “In recent years, Leipzig has become a driver for the development of the life science industry in Saxony. In particular, the constant, successful efforts by the City of Leipzig to create additional laboratory space for spin-offs and growth companies on the BioCity Campus have played a key role. We’re delighted that we can now step up our already fruitful cooperation.”

biosaxony has 136 members, 46 of which are from Leipzig. They include representatives of industry, R&D centers, local government, the biotech and health technology industries, hospitals and healthcare, and digital technology.

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