Infrastructure

Infrastructure

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.

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.

Transport infrastructure

The Leipzig for Lifer Changers Forum with the whole BioCity Campus

Luftaufnahme

Quelle: LGH

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!

Active networking

Manager André Hofmann leads a friendly conversation at eye level

Medical forge

© Mahmoud Dabdoub

Leipzig is a place that believes in strong networks. The biggest biotech association in Saxony is biosaxony, which links up all the players in the regional life science sector. A member of the German government’s go-cluster program, biosaxony has been awarded the Silver Label by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative. Leipzig’s biotech scene is now working closely with the Weinberg Campus technology park in the nearby city of Halle (Saale). Partners from various life science institutions represented in the European Metropolitan Region of Central Germany are now collaborating on the establishment of the CMI Center for Medical Innovation, which will be dedicated to research into future medicine. And mention should also be made of the future cluster SaxoCell® comprising institutes and medical facilities from Saxony.

Incubators

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

Next3D

© Phillip Kirschner

Leipzig hosts some outstanding life science incubators combining affordable office space with shared laboratory facilities. BIO CITY LEIPZIG has 20,000 square meters of office and lab space as well as state-of-the-art facilities for biotech startups. It’s next door to BioCube Leipzig, which contains S1 and S2 laboratories as well as office space, production facilities, and storage areas. The symbiosis created by the entire BioCity Campus generates excellent opportunities for R&D partnerships for all the companies operating there and allows them to benefit from the resulting synergy. Medical Forge is an accelerator for smart medical products and therapies set up by biosaxony to help foreign startups and SMEs enter the German healthcare market. And the SIKT Saxon Incubator for Clinical Translation, which develops innovative, personalized biomedical solutions, cooperates closely with Leipzig University’s faculties of human and veterinary medicine as well as the University Hospital and Helios Heart Center.

Funding

House with treelinke art in front

Funding

Quelle: Strohut Pictures

Investment projects in Leipzig by the private sector and research centers potentially qualify for a wide range of local, regional, national, and European funding. For example, the City of Leipzig has its own SME Support Program to help small and medium-sized businesses develop sustainably, and also offers grants to strengthen local clusters. At the other end of the scale, technology funding from the ESF European Social Fund is available under the programs InnoExpert, InnoTeam, and Transferassistent. Financial support is also provided by the SAB Development Bank of Saxony. Furthermore, venture capital can be sourced from a variety of backers in Leipzig. Whether you’re seeking funding for your business idea or are on the lookout for a smart investment, Leipzig clearly has a lot to offer!

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Higher education and research

Protected female scientist equipment holding looking test tube with blue solution

Laborfoto / Research

Laboratory glassware photo created by DCStudio – www.freepik.com

With the second-oldest university in Germany, several other establishments of higher education, and a string of world-class research institutes, Leipzig is continuing to build on its distinguished heritage of education and scientific research.

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.

Place to be

Augustusplatz in Leizig with the Panaorame Tower and the Gewandhaus in the back

Cultural city

© Philipp Kirschner

You might be surprised to learn what a great city Leipzig is to live in! Affordable rents, plenty of parks and other green spaces, a fascinating arts scene, and no shortage of charming places for a drink and a meal when the day’s work is done – no wonder it’s especially attractive to young people!

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.

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