European Health Science Match in Heidelberg

100 exciting health research projects

Around 600 people came to the ”European Health Science Match” conference in Heidelberg to listen to 100 leading up-and-coming researchers from all over Europe, each of whom had three minutes to present their current research projects on the diagnosis and therapy of disease.

BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH supported the conference and CEO Prof. Dr. Ralf Kindervater gave the opening keynote lecture. © Tobias Schwerdt

Three minutes to present high-end research, can it be done? Yes, definitely! The scientists gave brief insights into topics such as "How can the immune system contribute to the treatment of cancer – is this how we will be able to cure cancer in ten years' time?", “Screening for new vaccine candidates”, “Combating erroneous protein folding in neurodegenerative diseases” and many more. The conference was held in the city of Heidelberg, home to internationally renowned institutions like the DKFZ, EMBL, the University of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg University Hospital and one of the best biomedical research locations in Germany. The conference was hosted by the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel and BioRN, a leading-edge cluster in Germany that has been instrumental in advancing the development of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area.

Dr. Christian Tidona (BioRN), Sebastian Turner (Der Tagesspiegel), Prof. Dr. Ralf Kindervater (BIOPRO) and Prof. Dr. Stefan Meuer (BioRN Network) (from left to right) listening attentively to lectures. © Tobias Schwerdt

The scientists came from research-based companies and renowned institutions around the world, including the KU Leuven, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Tel Aviv and others. A specially laid out "Speakers Corner" enabled the further exchange of information and experiences and was used for lively discussions.

The European Health Sciences Match conference was supported by BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Research, Science and the Arts. "We are very pleased that the exciting presentations, including those given by Baden-Württemberg researchers, showed very clearly what can be achieved, both here in Baden-Württemberg and elsewhere in the world, and we are delighted that the conference has been able to contribute to further networking," explained Prof. Ralf Kindervater, CEO of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg. "Enjoy the videos of the pitches. I am sure they will be a great inspiration.”

Videos of the presentations




  • Screening is a systematic test procedure that is used to identify certain characteristics within an array of samples or persons. In molecular biology screening is used to filter a designated clone out of a gen bank, for example.
  • In a medical-biological context, degeneration means the decay of cells, tissues or organs.
  • 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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