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Adlershof Journal May/June 2022:

It’s magic! Fascinating biotechnology

The healing effect: What biotechnology can achieve //  reCOVer: BMBF project tests a substance against Long Covid // Sensitive work: Healthcare marketing by PEIX

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According to the American National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), researchers have now decoded the entire sequence of the human genome for the first time in late March. By sequencing the remaining eight percent, we now have the complete building plan of the human DNA at our disposal and can draw conclusions from it on certain diseases and even human evolution and diversity. I find this a truly fascinating research area.

The life sciences bring together a multitude of disciplines from science and engineering that can, in turn, be broken down into countless specialised fields: analytics, pharmacy, medicine, environmental technology, etc. They are able to detect and cure diseases early on, solve our waste problems, secure the food supply for future generations, and, quite generally, enable us to lead healthier lives. AI, automation, and data analysis have brought completely new perspectives to this field and facilitated a growth that seems almost unstoppable.


We also observe this trend in Adlershof: Our cluster for biotechnology and the environment now counts more than 80 companies and research institutes, including the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and the Department of Chemistry of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. They are producing fascinating methods and products, some of which we want to present to you in this issue: “Xolography”, for example, a novel 3D printing procedure that could revolutionise the bioprinting industry. We also tell you how the bacteria Cupriavidus necator is helping ANiMOX GmbH to produce biodegradable plastics.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine research has already been a huge topic. We spoke to Nadja Berger, a so-called peptide architect at Belyntic, and showcase the single particle counter created by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and LUM GmbH. Lastly, did you know that plants can repair themselves? A research group at the Helmholtz Centre Berlin has now found the crucial genetic switch they use to do this.


Peggy Mory


Mann mit Smartwatch. Illustration: D. Mahnkopf © WISTA Management GmbH


The path to a real healthcare system

Essay by Dr. Paul Hammer, founder and CEO of BIOMES NGS GmbH:

Germany came in second behind Japan in a study rating the national health care systems of 24 OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) conducted by the British job agency for medical professions...

Axel Gutzmer © WISTA Management GmbH


In conversation with Axel Gutzmer

The trained plumbing and heating installer and graduate facility manager supervises two technology centres in the fields of biotechnology and environmental technology in Adlershof:

As the head of the two Centres of Biotechnology and the Environment, Axel Gutzmer is responsible for a total of 80 companies with around 1,000 employees who work in the fields of medicine/biomedicine, pharmaceutics,...

Nadja Berger © WISTA Management GmbH


The peptide architect

Nadja Berger is conducting research on a novel vaccine platform in Adlershof:

A company in the start-up phase. A newly developed procedure, unique in the world. A young chemist. Nadja Berger had spent two years at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and wanted to head off to new shores. She...

M. Stanic, A. Schmidt © WISTA Management GmbH


The healing effect

Adlershof-based companies are showing the world what (green) biotechnology can achieve. We will introduce you to two of them that could change the rules of the game through their innovation:

Many suspect them to be cancerous even in the smallest amounts and to damage the liver, kidneys, and DNA: nitrosamines. A substance like that should be kept far away from medicines. However, that’s exactly where the harmful...

ANiMOX-Chef Thomas Grimm, Axel Höhling © WISTA Management GmbH


Bioplastics from slaughterhouse waste and plant remains

In the process developed by ANiMOX GmbH, the bacterium Cupriavidus necator helps to obtain raw materials for fully degradable plastics:

Axel Höhling, managing partner of ANiMOX, remembers exactly when he had the idea to start his company. It was in late November 2000, just before his birthday, when the first cows in Germany were dropping dead due to...

H. Weißhoff, A. Dallmann © WISTA Management GmbH


Eliminating harmful antibodies

Researchers of the “reCOVer” project, funded by the ministry of education, are testing a substance against Long Covid:

The infection is over – but the symptoms remain. Researchers worldwide are looking at where Long Covid comes from and what can be done against it. One of the triggers is an immune response gone off the rails. All humans...

Anton Khartulyari © WISTA Management GmbH


Founder, not professor

Ingenious synthesis by GenoSynth:

When things get really complicated and customer from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry need synthesis of highly complex molecules or optimisation of elaborate processes, GenoSynth offers tailored solutions. Founder...

Forscher mit Einzelpartikelzähler © WISTA Management GmbH


Highly sensitive measurements for the smallest particles

An innovative single particle counter is contributing to improve quality of medicines and vaccines:

Reliably identifying solid particles in liquids is complicated when the smallest particles are on the nanometre scale (billionth of a metre) and the largest particles are on the micrometre scale, which is about a thousand...

M. Weiss, G. Weber © WISTA Management GmbH


How plants repair themselves

A research group at the Helmholtz Centre Berlin has found the crucial genetic switch:

Plants are living things. They grow, breathe, and turn carbon dioxide into oxygen using photosynthesis. How this happens exactly hasn’t yet been researched down to the last detail. However, Gert Weber, biochemist and...

P. Hünger, D. Kropf © WISTA Management GmbH


“We are experiencing a change in mentality”

FORLIFE makes products for ostomy, tracheostomy, wound care, and incontinence:

At its location in Adlershof, the company FORLIFE makes products for ostomies. Although these are something very common all over the world, the company is one of its kind in Germany. “We use high-tech and handcraft when...

PEIX-Geschäftsführer Karsten Rzepka © WISTA Management GmbH


Sensitive work

The healthcare marketing experts of PEIX:

It is only since 2012 that it is legal to show medical work wear like scrubs in advertising and it is illegal to advertise prescription drugs and their “promise of efficacy”. “Marketing in every sector has its challenges –...

News in brief

Long Night of the Sciences

On 2 July 2022 between 5 and 12pm, the Long Night of the Sciences will take place again after a two-year hiatus. Ticket presales start on 20 May 2022 at (14 euros/adult, 9 euros/reduced, 27 euros/family, 5 euros/pupils). The Adlershof Technology Park will host the official opening with governing mayor Franziska Giffey and NOX the Robot. Following the ceremony, the 2,4-metre robot will welcome guests to the Long Night on the Forum. The full Adlershof programme will soon be available at:


AEMtec GmbH moves into new building

The microtechnology company AEMtec is doubling its production and office space with an expansion on James-Frack-Strasse. AEMtec is doing so to meet increasing orders from its customers as well as the requirements of its state-of-the-art technologies. The entire building encompasses around 9,000 m2, of which 3,000 m2 are clean room environments. AEMtec has always been committed to sustainability. For the expansion building, too, the company used environmentally protective materials and an internal heat recovery system. AEMtec now seeks carbon neutrality and appropriate certification.


Making up for COVID

Together with its school laboratory, the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy (HZB) is taking part in a project “Aufholen nach Corona” (“Making up for COVID”) by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project plans weekly courses at several schools that want to do more than serve up an extra helping of class for the pupils. Instead, it wants to give them more self-esteem and have them work with their hands until the end of 2022.


Topping-out ceremony for the Steinbeis House

The topping-out ceremony for the five-story Steinbeis House at the Science and Technology Park Adlershof was celebrated on 1 March 2022. Steinbeis Verbund, a technology transfer network, built an office and administration building in Adlershof as its new headquarters in Berlin. It also features spaces for rent for companies from the Steinbeis network as well as start-ups. Modern and flexible seminar and office spaces are planned for the university portion of the building. Completion is scheduled for the end of 2023.


Annual press conference of the Adlershof site partner’s

The growth dynamic of Germany’s largest technology park is unabated, even if some companies have felt the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This was a key insight gleaned from the annual survey of Adlershof’s companies, institutes, and other players, the results of which were presented at Adlershof’s annual press conference on 4 April 2022. They were presented by Roland Sillmann, managing director of WISTA Management GmbH; Walter Leibl, CEO of WISTA.Plan GmbH; Ulrich Panne, president of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and executive spokesperson of the Adlershof-based research network IGAFA e.V., and Stephen Schwarz, City of Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.


Declaration of intent signed for Lausitz Science Park

Under the auspices of the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus-Senftenberg, a 420-hectare Lausitz Science Park will be developed in Cottbus in the coming years and combine excellent basic and applied research with innovative university spin-offs and companies. WISTA Management GmbH will support BTU in an advisory capacity.

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Peggy Mory
WISTA Management GmbH

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