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08.05.2012

BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg: 10 years

More than 120 invited guests came to Stuttgart on 2nd May 2012 to discuss the potential of biotechnology in Baden-Württemberg – and to celebrate! Speakers praised BIOPRO and entertained the audience with anecdotes about the last 10 years as well as congratulating Dr. Ralf Kindervater, CEO of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, for the committed and sustainable work his organization has done over the last ten years.

Rainer Fischer from fischerwerke and Prof. Peter Kunz from the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences took the visitors on a personal trip into the past talking about their own unique experiences with BIOPRO. In Fischer’s amusing review, Kindervater even became the star of a cartoon that was specially drawn for the occasion.


Rainer Fischer, fischerwerke GmbH & Co.KG (© BIOPRO/Bächtle)

Prof. Peter Kunz, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (© BIOPRO/Bächtle)

The panel discussion was more serious. Everybody agreed that a lot has been achieved in the Baden-Württemberg biotechnology sector, which although economically small, is highly important due to its huge innovative power, which creates a good environment for success. However, innovation cannot be achieved without money. It is crucial that efforts are supported by internationally competitive start-up conditions, possibilities for company growth in the form of capital as well as adequate legal conditions related to the approval and reimbursement of drugs, which is one of the most important markets for biotechnological products. It is worth noting that other German states have more capital available for such purposes than Baden-Württemberg.


Discussing the biotechnology sector and its future perspectives: (from left to right) Peter Pohl, GATC Biotech, Elmar Bourdon, Mannheim Medical Technology Cluster, Dr. Günther Tovar, Fraunhofer IGB, Dr. Florian Pröll, Biametrics, Harald Fuchs, LBBW Venture Capital and Dr. Uwe Bücheler, Boehringer Ingelheim.  (© BIOPRO/Bächtle)

Dr. Ralf Kindervater concluded the celebrations by thanking his team for their high level of commitment and creative efforts in dealing with the tasks at hand, which all plays a major role in the success of BIOPRO. He was delighted with the number of former staff members who accepted the invitation to come to Stuttgart and be part of the celebrations.


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