INAUGURAL EVENT WITH STATE PREMIER WINFRIED KRETSCHMANN LAUNCHES PROCESS OF INSTITUTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT
Prof. Dr Bernhard Eitel (Rector of Heidelberg University) | © Tobias Schwerdt
“The Health + Life Science Alliance is an innovation hotspot where excellent institutions work together and now form a strong alliance.” These were the words of Winfried Kretschmann, State Premier of the state of Baden-Württemberg, speaking at a kick-off event for the Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim in the Marsilius Kolleg of Heidelberg University on Thursday 22 September 2022. Seven outstanding research institutions are collaborating in the research alliance with the goal of building the Rhine-Neckar region into an internationally leading biomedical-technological cluster for life sciences, the health economy and medical technology. The event focused on the current expansion and further plans to develop the alliance, also presenting the initial results of projects connected with its state funding as an Innovation Campus. The next step is now the upcoming foundation of a nonprofit limited company.
“With an innovative research and development network of outstanding university and non-university centres, along with strong partners in the business community, the Health + Life Science Alliance Heidelberg Mannheim is unleashing an immense potential. It will raise patient care to a new level, considerably accelerate the transfer of research findings into industry, sustainably raise the profile of the region and, last but not least, give politicians an instrument to actively participate in shaping science and health policy at the national and international level,” underlined Prof. Dr Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University, in his welcoming address.