Hub of innovation

Hub of innovation

Leipzig offers ideal conditions for life changers. It’s a place where innovations thrive thanks to its blend of modern life science facilities in higher education and the research community, an environment that’s conducive to founders and startups, and the support they need delivered by the City of Leipzig.

Leipzig offers ideal conditions for life changers. It’s a place where innovations thrive thanks to its blend of modern life science facilities in higher education and the research community, an environment that’s conducive to founders and startups, and the support they need delivered by the City of Leipzig.

DHL Cargo Hub for Life Sciences and Healthcare

Workers loaded pallets and cartons into containers at airport Leipzig/Halle

Phamahub

Quelle: Flughafen Leipzig/Halle, Uwe Schossig

In response to the high demand for pharmaceutical products during the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2021 DHL opened a second hub devoted to life sciences and healthcare in Leipzig. This pharma medical airport hub is designed to meet the very high demands of products in this sector and ensure the rapid transport of sensitive liquids and other materials. Additionally, there are several other logistics contractors in Leipzig specializing in the safe, reliable delivery of biomedical goods. Being Germany’s second-largest logistics airport, Leipzig has the well-organized infrastructure required to ship and deliver items to the high standards of quality and punctuality for which Germany is well known.

BioCity Campus and the Innovation Center

The BIO City Leipzig view from a roof

BioCity

© BIO-NET

The BioCity Campus is a biotech and life sciences park south-east of downtown Leipzig which is home to several prominent research centers, including the BBZ Center for Biotechnology and Biomedicine, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the IZI Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, and the iDiv German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. In 2025, they’ll be joined by the Innovation Center, with 10,000 square meters of office space, laboratories, workshops, and conference rooms on four floors for brand-new biotech ventures. Tenants will benefit from the synergy with the Innovation Center’s prominent neighbors on the BioCity Campus.

CMI Center for Medical Innovation

3D-Model of the new building for the Center for Mediacal Innovation

CMI

© Vollack GmbH & Co. KG

Partners from various institutions in the Leipzig region are now working together to set up the CMI Center for Medical Innovation. One of the greatest challenges facing society in the twenty-first century is to make medicine accessible, personalized, affordable, and equitable for everyone. Convergence is the future of healthcare. The interdisciplinary cooperation of medicine and life sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, and information technology will have an enormous social and economic impact on all areas of society. By using flexible structures, and by harnessing tools such as artificial intelligence, big data, software-based drug modeling, cell and gene therapies, and smart connected medical technology systems, the CMI aims to move away from the “one-fits-all” approach to medicine and develop innovative digital value chains for effective personalized therapy.

Startup scene

The SpinLab office from inside in an old industrial building

SPINLAB

© HHL +Review

Leipzig is experiencing a new wave of startups with an estimated 250 currently operating in the city. It has a close-knit ecosystem for founders, with collaboration on multiple levels to attract and support young firms. Economic growth and innovation in and around Leipzig are nurtured by the combination of its flourishing research sector, several institutions of higher education, and excellent infrastructure for startups. Key players in the startup scene include the HHL Accelerator SpinLab, which has given hands-on support to startups since 2015, and also Medical Forge, which was recently launched by biosaxony to help new companies working in smart medical technology.

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Infrastructure

Man test AR headset while another man checks the happenings on a notebook

Next3D

© Phillip Kirschner

Leipzig has an outstanding infrastructure in the areas essential to life science projects such as networking, research incubators, and funding for startups. What’s more, most of its research institutes are within walking distance of each other. But should you need to travel further afield, it also has a superb transport infrastructure.

Skilled Workforce

International students talking to each other

Diversity

© HHL +Review

Leipzig’s dynamic atmosphere attracts people from all over the world, hence boosting the availability of potential employees with the qualifications and background you’re looking for.

Leipzig: The Meeting place

Above the roofes of Leipzig. In the front the university library and the federal administrative court. In the back the Panaroma Tower and the new town hall

Panorama

Quelle: Bertram Kober/punctum

The City always offers visitors a warm welcome and has a wide variety of options for hosting conventions and other events. Find out more about the venues available.

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