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Berlin to go, english edition 2/2015

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  • Berlin
  • Healthcare
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  • Pharmaceutical
  • Germany

POINT OF VIEW FACTS:

POINT OF VIEW FACTS: Population: 296,475 Area: 10,261 ha Companies: 13,689 WHERE OPPOSITES ATTRACT Steglitz-Zehlendorf is a “green oasis” in the south west of the capital city and it has numerous highlights to offer, such as the Free University of Berlin, Schloßstraße, the botanical gardens and much more besides Lush green, as far as the eye can see, historic and contemporary architecture, as well as its favourable connections with the railway and Berlin‘s motorway network make Steglitz-Zehlendorf an attractive location. The district is characterised by a fascinating mixture of tradition and progress: Listed buildings and modern shopping centres, family-run companies and a lively science landscape – this district unites diversity to create something unique. Furthermore, Steglitz-Zehlendorf is a centre for life sciences that has been growing for decades. Lichterfelde is home to the Campus Benjamin Franklin of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the joint human medicine faculty of the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Free University of Berlin. The district boasts 19 clinics in all, including a special clinic for minimally invasive surgery, 29 institutes and research facilities, as well as more than 40 manufacturing and development companies involved in medical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. “Germany‘s Oxford University” – Excellence combined with tradition The Free University of Berlin (FU), established in 1948, is one of eleven universities participating in the Excellence Initiative of the federal government. Over 28,000 students and around 4,300 PhD candidates are currently studying and researching in over 150 courses at the campus in Dahlem, which was conceived at the start of the 20th century as “Germany‘s Oxford University”. This excellence is also impressively underlined by recognition of the research results with multiple Nobel Prizes. The following Nobel Prize winners are alumni of the FU Berlin or its predecessor institutes: e.g. Max von Laue (Nobel Prize for physics in 1918), Albert Einstein (for physics in 1921), Gerhard Ertl (for chemistry in 2007) and Herta Müller (for literature in 2009). Young and established companies Technology-orientated spin-offs meet with innovative medium-sized companies: Steglitz-Zehlendorf is home to spin-off companies from the FU, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, as well as the Max-Planck Society (incl. Erdmann Technologies, GrasseZur, Alacris Theranostics), in equal measure to long-established industrial and family companies (BOGEN Electronic, KNAUER, Knick Elektronische Messgeräte). With the IMD Institute for Medical Diagnostics, which delivers laboratory services and analyses for doctor‘s practices and patients, the district is also home to the market leader in laboratory diagnostics in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Life Science Day and Technology & Start-Up Centre For the fifth time now, the “Life Science Day” – initiated by the local authority and south-west regional management – is set to take place on the 15th October, hosted by the Free University of Berlin (Henry Ford Building). The programme will be based on the topic of “geriatric medicine in the future”. Within the framework of a symposium with forums and a podium discussion, experts from science and industry will come together to debate current developments from medical research, as well as applications and examples from practice. www.lifescienceday.de. Incidentally, the massive start-up dynamism within the FU Berlin environment has induced the local authority and regional management to promote the establishment of a Technology & Start-Up Centre (TGZ). According to current planning, the TGZ is set to open its doors to technology-orientated companies on the former site of the “US Hospital” in Fabeckstraße 60-62 by 2018 to 2020. 28 BERLIN TO GO

POINT OF VIEW DAHLEM STEGLITZ Advantages of the location at a glance WANNSEE NIKOLASSEE ZEHLENDORF LICHTERFELDE LANK- WITZ • Economically favourable and research-orientated location • Important life sciences location with clinics, institutes, manufacturing and development companies • Historic commercial area encompassing 77 ha and home to 170 companies • Botanical gardens with the tallest greenhouse in the world and a total area of 42 ha • Wannsee lido and further urban lakes, as well as numerous green spaces for local recreation Hidden champion Implants for ENT medicine, maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, pulmonology and thoracic surgery are all areas of expertise of the bess company group in Zehlendorf. Founded in 1988 as a medium-sized, proprietor-run family company inside the Berlin wall, bess medizintechnik gmbh represented globally active medical companies at local level. Following the reunification, the company‘s sales territory was expanded to include the rest of Germany and in-house products were developed, characterised by their simplicity, user-friendliness and patient compatibility. To this end, the company is in constant discussion with doctors, patients, scientists and specialists in clinics and industry, and today exports its products around the world. Business services visualised Be it metal façades for the E-Werk, brass escalator cladding for the “Boulevard Berlin” or a special structure for the roof on the Reichstag building – when it comes to the construction of high quality metal façades and roofing, and the supply of simple to highly complex sheet metal parts, you‘re in the right place with Karl Dieringer, based in Steglitz. The company stamps, cuts and rolls individual parts right through to large production series, and profiles façade panels and metal roofing. The propri etorrun company was originally founded in 1903 as a plumber‘s workshop in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Now managed by Christopher Kern, it is already under the proprietorship of the fourth family generation. Its renowned commercial customers include the Federal Chancellery, the Ritz Carlton and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2006 and 2009, Karl Dieringer received the German Architecture and Façade Award. Over the past three years a highly innovative production company has been established at the site in Nicolaistraße – with its own milling machining centre and the largest folding press in the region. Berlin Partner has stood alongside Dieringer throughout this expansion and provided the company with support in dealing with authorities, and with questions of subsidies and finance. photos: FU Berlin: Bernd Wannenmacher; Wannsee & am Schlachtensee: Katja Xenikis – Fotolia.com; Campus Benjamin Franklin: iStock/ZWEID BERLIN TO GO 29

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