BIO Deutschland takes part in “Biotech Ecosystem Germany – What’s Next?” in Planegg
BIO Deutschland participated in the conference entitled “Biotech Ecosystem Germany – What’s Next?”, which was organised by the BMBF-funded research project Biotech Ecosystem Germany (www.professors.wi.tum.de/cefs/biotech-research/) of the Technical University of Munich. The event focused on the topics of funding, financing, and transfer to the market. These were discussed with representatives from the start-up scene (e.g. from NanoTemper Technologies and Cebellum), the scientific community, and sector associations in order to give impetus to future developments. The host of the conference was Svenja Jarchow-Pongratz – who carried her duties virtually due to Covid – and who is not only a researcher at and managing director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS), but also head of the Munich Green Party since December of last year. Kicking off the conference, the managing director of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund, Michael Brandkamp, gave a keynote speech that addressed the question “Top-down or bottom-up: how can the German biotech ecosystem develop further?”. He then joined Viola Bronsema of BIO Deutschland, Marco Janezic of Blue Ribbon Partners, and Pascal Schweizer of Thermosome to discuss the financing of innovative companies against the backdrop of current developments in the financial markets and the role of the industrial biotechnology sector and the bioeconomy, as well as the importance of an entrepreneurial mindset and start-up incentives in Germany. The panel discussion, entitled “The major fields of action in the biotechnology ecosystem”, was moderated by CEFS research associate Stefanie Weniger. In the afternoon, the topics “IP marketing” and “Biotech funding programs” were discussed in groups. The insights will be fed into a study that the research project is conducting.