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The Colours of Innovation

Green, white, red – no, we are not referencing the fact that spring is upon us and nature is full of burgeoning colours. We are, however, talking about a burgeoning industry that has long stepped outside its niche. Biotechnology is growing. According to the 2017 German Biotechnology Report, we are seeing more companies, more employees and more revenue everywhere. This is also the case in the Technology Park Adlershof, which boasts 70 biotechnology companies with over 800 employees. They are looked after by Heidrun Terytze, who is head of the Centre for Biotechnology and the Environment at WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH. Seeing as WISTA will also be presenting itself at the BIO trade show in Boston, USA, between 4th and 7th June, choosing this issue’s main topic was easy.

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Personally, when I think of biotechnology, I think of applications in medicine and pharmaceuticals. Everybody knows somebody that needs them. We did our research and read many articles on new drugs, new therapies and diagnostics that will hopefully improve the chances of recovery for those afflicted. This area is red biotechnology. Adlershof has attracted countless such start-ups, including diamond inventics, DiaMonTech, Pensatech and Vaxxilon. We will also present two very young companies, Epimune GmbH and Genetek Biopharma GmbH, in this issue. Adlershof also boasts more established players in red biotech, including Alacris Theranostics, 3B Pharmaceuticals, JPT and Scienion. Unfortunately, approval for medical technology products can drag on. Adlershof-based companies let us in on how they survive the dry spells. It is also quite impossible to ignore the issue of big data in medicine. Read on to find out how computer science professor Ulf Leser is developing search engines for personalised cancer medicine.

However, biotechnology goes way beyond medicine. There is also white biotechnology, that stands for industrial applications, and green for agriculture. The Technology Park has representatives from the entire colour range. Heidrun Terytze praises the “unique opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation.” This month’s issue can only highlight a few of these opportunities. For those who want more, we recommend a visit to Adlershof during the Long Night of the Sciences on 9 June!

Sylvia Nitschke
Head of Adlershof Print


Essay by Prof. Dr. Holger Rust, economic sociologist, pragmatist and publicist:

Amazing prospects, daring appearances, flush with optimism. We will defeat cancer. The blind shall see. Hip arthrosis will soon be a topic of retrograde science fiction. Surely, there will be things that the...

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In conversation with Ralf Blank:

He’s no doctor, nor an ascetic, but his mission is to live a healthy life and help others do the same. This is one of many reasons why Ralf Blank is an ideal fit for running a project like the Health Network...

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Karsten König can look deep inside the human skin:

Moving from Saarbrücken to Adlershof is a great leap for a small company. In Karsten König’s case, the reason is strikingly simple: “I just wanted to go home,” he says about his reasons. König’s company Jenlab GmbH...

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Cover story

Germany is currently experiencing a biotechnology boom. The Science and Technology Adlershof boasts seventy biotechnology companies with over 800 employees. Their skillsets range from fundamental research to...

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How Adlershof-based companies deal with the dry spells before regulatory approval for new medicine

Obtaining approval for new products in medical technology can drag on. This can be life-threatening for business founders. How do Adlershof-based companies deal with these dry spells? Germs in hospital are becoming a serious...

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HU computer scientists want to facilitate decision-making of medical professionals by improved data analysis

When a patient is diagnosed with a malignant tumour, the question is what the appropriate treatment is: operation or therapy? Which one is better? Ulf Leser, a professor for knowledge management in bioinformatics at the...

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The young company Epimune GmbH is detecting immune diseases with epigenetic methods

Epimune GmbH is a young Adlershof-based company. Yet, its developments in immune diagnostics are founded on established procedures. The start-up has its sights on inherited and acquired immune disorders and leukaemia. An...

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The “Make & Measure Project” is continuing the successful work of SALSA, the Graduate School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof

The big party might be over, but as Janina Kneipp sees it, SALSA will keep on dancing. She is one of the speakers of SALSA, alongside Ulrich Panne, and a professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. SALSA is an acronym for...

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Start-up Genetek Biopharma is developing sets for DNA testing

Doctors require suitable aids and appliances to detect hereditary diseases and genetic defects. The international start-up Genetek Biopharma is striving to fill that gap with its DNA testing sets. Moreover, the company is...

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System 180 GmbH develops inspiring office environments

Agile work cultures in companies are key to master the diverse challenges of the digital age. Even large corporations are realising this. They are opening innovation labs, factories and hubs that foster creativity beyond...

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Short Cuts


First ZPV in-house trade show

On 7th June 2018, the Centre for Photovoltaics and Renewable Energies (ZPV) will host its first in-house trade show followed by a company exhibition in the evening. The Science City Adlershof’s technology field photovoltaics and renewable energies ranges from research and development to manufacturing and sales. It comprises about 60 companies and institutes. Exhibiting companies include ZPV companies, on-site partners as well as external companies, institutes and associations from relevant fields such as thin-film photovoltaics, analytics, fuel cells, grid integration, hydrogen production and energy storage. Alongside the trade show, visitors can look forward to presentations, tours of the ZPV as well as guided bus tours of the Technology Park Adlershof, numerous networking opportunities, and targeted match making.
Location: Johann-Hittorf-Straße 8
Time: 10:00-17:00 Trade Show, 17:00-20:00 Exhibition



Charity Call for a Monkey Bar

The day-care facility “Am Studio” needs a low monkey bar for its garden, suitable for children age 1-2 to have fun, develop their movement skills and play together. The kindergarten needs your support to raise 9,000 euros for the outdoor toy.
Please donate to: Kindertagesstätten Süd/ Ost, Eigenbetrieb von Berlin, Bank für Sozialwirtschaft, IBAN: DE82 1002 0500 0003 3575 00, BIC: BFS WDE 33BER
Phone: 030 565900220



Young Career Expo for STEM fields

On 19 June 2018, it’s all about young people at the Young Career Expo in Adlershof. Companies will present themselves and their career opportunities with job tours and a trade fair between 9:00 and 14:00. The target audience includes high-school students, classes 9-13. The event is hosted by Forum Adlershof e.V., WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH and the Education Network High Technology Berlin - ANH Berlin at the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute.



T5 Job Show

The T5 Job Show on 27 June 2018 provides a platform for job candidates from the natural sciences, engineering, technology, laboratories and computer science to get together with potential employers. The T5 TradeShow is a registration-only event. Access is restricted to professionals, executives, university graduates and PhD students planning the next steps of their career. Prior online registration is required and free-of-charge.
Location: Event space at Rudower Chaussee 17
Time: 10:00-16:00



The Long Night of the Sciences

The Science City is ready to be explored on 9 June 2018, starting at 5pm. The natural sciences campus of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), non-university research institutions and technology companies will open the doors to their labs, lecture halls and think tanks for the “smartest night of the year”. There will be crystals, lasers, solar cells, satellites, future vehicles, 3D printing, rumours and chocolates filled with schnapps. All these things represent key issues of the future that researchers, developers and entrepreneurs from Adlershof are working on. How do we want to live, learn and move around in the future? How do we solve our energy problems? What will our cities look like in the future? The programme contains more than 230 events, including presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, experiments and hands-on activities for all ages.

Editorial Staff

Sylvia Nitschke
Director Adlershof Print

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