With its 80,000 square metres of rental space at five different locations, more than 80 local companies and research facilities, Heidelberg Technology Park is one of Germany’s most important biotechnology centres and a world leader. The recently-opened fifth site is part of Heidelberg’s new Bahnstadt district, where housing and high-tech go hand in hand in an attractive neighbourhood. The so-called Skylabs facility offers 20,000 square metres of flexible office and laboratory space.
At the Heidelberg Technology Park, about 160 associated members support the development of biotech companies in the prosperous Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. The city of Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Commerce are the corporate members of the Heidelberg Technology Park. The Heidelberg Technology Park is the central contact for all companies and cooperating research institutions.
Furthermore, Heidelberg Technology Park promotes the rapid growth of this high-tech location by offering comprehensive support services and active networking. It initiates and promotes local, national and international networks, facilitates cooperation between science and business, supports technology transfer in established companies and start-ups, acquires external firms, offers lobbying services in national and international associations and serves as a contact for local municipal authorities and federal ministries. The International PartnerPort of Heidelberg Technology Park allows a simple and flexible presence on the German market. The abundance of services is further demonstrated by a multimedia conference centre, as well as participation in EU projects to promote collaboration between European bioregions.
Since its foundation in the year 1984, the Heidelberg Technology Park’s mix of biotechnology, medical technology, information and communication technology and environmental technology has made it a vital source of inspiration in connecting science and business. The Heidelberg University and renowned research institutes such as the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the Centre for Molecular Biology (ZMBH) as well as the University of Heidelberg’s Biochemistry Centre (BZH) and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research make up a fertile concentration of life sciences.