Economics Minister Peter Altmaier and Research Minister Anja Karliczek attended the meeting. Also present from the two ministries were Director-Generals Winfried Horstmann (BMWi) and Volker Rieke (BMBF), the relevant Heads of Division and their staff, as well as industry representatives.
A press conference was held in Berlin on 23 October at the Federal Press Conference to publish an open letter, signed by BIO Deutschland and 22 other associations, expressing their concerns about the ECJ’s ruling on new breeding techniques.
The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) hosted this year’s successful 13th edition of the European Business Development Conference (EBDC), which is organized annually by BIO Deutschland.
BIO Deutschland took part in the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (EFIB) in Brussels on 1–2 October. The association, together with Christine Lang (Co-Chair of the former Bioeconomy Council) and Janin Sameith (Hessen Trade & Invest), gave the closing remarks.
On 30 September, a delegation led by China Universal Asset Management visited the German capital. BIO Deutschland has a long track record of engagement in German-Chinese cooperation.
More than 20 representatives from government and business visited BIO Deutschland’s headquarters on 14 October. Michael Kahnert and Claudia Englbrecht received the delegation and introduced them to the German biotech sector and the domestic policy environment.