One of the main reasons for Leipzig’s emergence as a hub of trade was its location at the crossroads of two great continental trade routes, the east–west Via Regia and the north–south Via Imperii. Nowadays, the city’s efficient transport network is an important basis for both its future economic development within the European Union and a higher quality of life for everyone living and working there. Key aspects include smooth public transport, plentiful cycle lanes, the upgraded orbital motorway, Leipzig’s integration into the Intercity-Express railway network (Berlin is just an hour away, while Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich can be reached in three hours), and Leipzig/Halle Airport, which is home to DHL’s European air freight hub operating 24/7. Then again, with most of Leipzig’s research institutes just a stone’s throw away from each other, collaboration often starts with a five-minute walk!
Life science projects benefit from the powerful infrastructure in and around Leipzig. It comprises a private sector made up of international corporations, innovative SMEs, and young startups, a well-functioning transport system, a collaborative environment fostered by various industry networks, technology funding, and several biotech incubators.