Glossary

  • Biotechnology is the study of all processes involving life cells or enzymes for the transformation and production of certain substances.
  • The life sciences involve the research, development, and marketing of products, technologies, and services on the basis of modern biotechnology.
  • Plasticity is the attribute of organisms to change their characteristic values under the influence of environmental factors. Therefore, neuroplasticity is the characteristic of neurons to change their response behaviour dependent from their activity. In most cases, the strength of the synaptic transmission is influenced (synaptic plasticity). The neuroplasticity or synaptic plasticity, respectively, is considered to be the basic mechanism in learning processes and in the formation of memories.
  • Biomolecules which can bind active agents are called targets. They can be receptors, enzymes or ion channels. If agent and target interact with each other the term agent-target-specific effect is used. The identification of targets is very important in biomedical and pharmaceutical research because a specific interaction can help to understand basic biomolecular processes. This is essential to identify new points of application.
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BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH

History and achievements

Innovation is our concern. Constant change is what characterises us. Developing new concepts and formats and perpetuating them is what we do on a daily basis.

  • Foundation of BIOPRO as part of the Baden-Württemberg government's Zukunftsoffensive programme aimed at promoting biotechnology, and filing of a shareholder agreement.

  • Start of operations and appointment of Dr. Ralf Kindervater as CEO
  • Promotion of Baden-Württemberg as a key biotech location at the annual BIO International Convention in the USA, the largest global event for the biotech industry
  • First joint Baden-Württemberg booth at BIOTECHNICA (until 2015)
  • Publication of the first Biotech Guide (2003/2004) – the series continues to be published every two years
  • Launch of SYNPRO business development programme
  • Involvement in CyberOne Hightech Award, BIOPRO becomes an expert partner for the life sciences
  • The exhibition "Biotech research made in Baden-Württemberg – dedicated to the good health of humans" is shown for the first time at the "Future of Health" conference organised by the Burda Academy in Heidelberg, and is still used at events today
  • 1st Biotechnology Forum organised on the Messe Freiburg exhibition centre. The Biotechnology Forum becomes a key networking platform for Baden-Württemberg stakeholders and is now a biennial event
  • Launch of the "Biotechnology and Life Sciences in Baden-Württemberg" Internet portal at www.bio-pro.de in German and English in cooperation with the four original Baden-Württemberg bioregions

 

  • Publication of 1st BIOPRO Magazin entitled "Personalised Medicine"; the series continues to be published today
  • BIOPRO supports the Konstanz region in the establishment of the state's fifth bioregion, BioLAGO
  • The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Research, Science and the Arts' special medical technology project specifically targets the biotechnology-medical technology interface. Biomedical technology becomes a core theme at BIOPRO
  • Participation in the BMBF's Leading-Edge Cluster Competition: Although the concept was not recognised as a leading-edge cluster, it led to the establishment of the Tuttlingen/Neckar Alb Medical Technology Cluster, which was re-named MedicalMountains AG in 2011
  • Biopolymers/Biomaterials cluster concept wins BMBF's BioIndustry 2012 competition (funded from 2009 to 2014)
  • BIOPRO supports BioRegionUlm in developing the concept for the BioPharMaXX cluster, funded by the ERDF
  • 1st MTZ®-BIOPRO Student Prize awarded
  • BIOPRO is honoured as "Selected Landmark" in the "Land of Ideas" contest; success celebrated with a major event entitled "Biotechnologie zum Anfassen" (engl. Hands-on Biotechnology") to which more than 300 guests were invited
  • Partner and co-financer of the 2nd INTERREG IV project in the BioValley, establishment of joint, cross-border "Meet & Match" events (funded from 2008 to 2012)
  • BIOPRO joins the new project VC-BW as Life Sciences Partner
  • Expansion of the thematic competences to include environmental biotechnology and sustainability, cooperation with Plattform Umwelttechnik (PU) in a project funded by the ERDF
  • Biotechnology Roadshow Baden-Württemberg: The "BioTechnikum" and the exhibition "Biotech research made in Baden-Württemberg" are shown in four cities
  • Publication of "Gründerhandbuch Baden-Württemberg", providing information on establishing life sciences start-ups
  • Publication of the first Baden-Württemberg Biotechnology Industry Report
  • Start of the "textile bio-based materials design challenge" (tbdc), series was terminated in 2013
  • Start of the 1. EXI Start-up Voucher funding programme for technology oriented start-ups; jointly organised by BIOPRO, bwcon and other partners (funded from 2012 to 2014)
  • Review of BIOPRO's tasks and expansion of its mandate to the healthcare industry (biotechnology, medical technology, pharma) as well as support for establishing a bioeconomy
  • First of a series of thematically focused "Meet & Match" events aimed at facilitating cooperation (SYNPRO is terminated)
  • Organisation of the "View into a biobased economy – a bioeconomy" exhibition at Hannover Messe in 2013 ff and at Achema 2015.
  • Start of the project "BioFabNet – biobased plastics for 3D printing" (BMBF-funded from 2013 to 2015)
  • Membership of the European Bio-based Industries Consortium
  • Publication of the 1st Baden-Württemberg Bioeconomy status report, with updates every 2nd year
  • Publication of a new industry report with a special focus on the healthcare industry
  • 1st Baden-Württemberg Bioeconomy Congress
  • 1st Baden-Württemberg Healthcare Industry Forum, replaces Biotechnology Forum
  • BIOPRO is partner for the KTBW (Coordination office for telemedicine in Baden-Württemberg) since 2014
  • Beginning of the 2nd EXI Start-up Voucher funding period (2015-2017)
  • Launch of new website on 1st of August 2015
  • Publication of the „economic footprint of the healthcare industry in Baden-Württemberg
  • 1. BW joint booth at analytica, organized by BIOPRO and bwi
  • Start of the „Akteursplattform Bioökonomie“
  • Press campaign for healthcare industry
  • Publication of best practice examples in technology transfer
Website address: https://www.bio-pro.de/en/biopro/history/