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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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4.1 Adlershof Bundled

4.1 Adlershof Bundled and consolidated – optical technologies in Berlin-Adlershof Hubert Beyerle, Jörg Israel, Bernd Ludwig 425 technology companies; nearly 5,000 employees. And research: the scientific institutes of Berlin’s Humboldt University and eleven non-university institutions with a total of 2,700 scientists, and more than 7,800 students. This is the science and technology park Adlershof - a unique mix of science, start-up companies, and high technology production probably like nowhere else in Germany. A traditional location – transformed into a new era As science and technology location, Adlershof has a long tradition that goes back well before the time of WW II. During the time of the German division, the Academy of Sciences of the GDR was established here, and already back then top-level research was conducted here. Adlershof produced internationally recognized results on ultra-short pulse lasers, time-resolved optical spectroscopy, or in space diagnostics. Soviet space missions orbited earth with multispectral cameras developed in Berlin whose “great grandchildren” are still found in probes today like the Mars Express. More than the sum of its parts – research institutes and companies in Adlershof An important building block for the networking and the rapid transfer of research results into practice are the technology centers which were created in the course of the construction of the Technology Park in Adlershof, sometimes in restored old buildings, sometimes in new buildings with spectacular architecture. The Innovation and Founders Centre (IGZ) made the start in 1991. Centers for photonics and optical technologies, for environmental technology, biotechnology and energy technology, for information and media technology, and finally the Center for Materials and Microsystems Technology which opened in 2011, followed. Furthermore, there is the International Business Incubator (East- West Center OWZ) for entrepreneurs from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Center for Photovoltaics (currently still under construction). After reunification this infrastructure had to be adapted to a unified Germany. Institutions such as the Leibniz and Helmholtz Societies took over the former Institutes of the Academy. Many former employees recognized their chance to take the step to self-employment. About 60 companies were founded shortly after reunification; they became the nucleus of the present location. The Berlin Senate recognized the potential, too, and decided to create the “Adlershof integrated science and business landscape”- with a clearly articulated goal of creating synergies between research and industry and to create and promote structures that allow scientific discoveries to be transferred into marketable products as quickly as possible. Center for Photonics and Optical Technologies building © WISTA Management GmbH The centers offer companies office and workshop space, clean rooms and specialized laboratory space – i.e. space for the manufacture of innovative products. The Center for Photonics and Optical Technologies occupies six buildings with a total of approximately 19,500 square meters of laboratories, warehouses and office space. Today, measuring equipment for surface analysis is manufactured here which is used in the solar industry, or high brilliance lasers as amplifiers for optical data communication or endoscopes for use in medical technology. Here, science is turned into products for a better life. Quickly from research into production Aerial view of the photonics center in Adlershof © WISTA Management GmbH There is a large number of examples showing that the transfer of research results into actual products works in Adlershof. An example is eagleyard Photonics. This company manufactures galli- 24

4.1 Adlershof um arsenide laser diodes. These high-power laser diodes are used in various areas, such as combating periodontal disease or as powerful lamps for mini projectors. Eagleyard caused a stir when the company introduced a laser diode emitting green light. This closed the gap that had hitherto made it impossible to produce laser-based projectors. The know-how on the basis of which eagleyard had been launched, comes from the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute, Leibniz Institute for Highest Frequency Technology (FBH) in Adlershof. With its 230 employees, the FBH is one of the leading European institutes for applied and industry-related research in microwave and optoelectronics. Eagleyard and the FBH still cooperate closely. In addition, the close networking in the technology park motivates more and more nonresident and international companies to settle at the site, like, e.g., Jenoptik Diode Lab. This company is a subsidiary of Jenoptik AG, and also a spin-off from the FBH. Diode Lab specializes in the production of high quality semiconductor material that is used for the development and manufacture of high power diode lasers. Because emphasis was put on geographic proximity, the production was placed in Adlershof - an example of how research can attract manufacturing jobs. Finally, the young Adlershof companies have become interesting for purchase by international corporations. The Röntec company, specializing in X-ray analysis, has its roots also in the know-how of Front of the laboratory of the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute with CIS solar modules from the company Sulfurcell © FBH/P. Immerz the former Academy of Science of the GDR. Meanwhile, it is called Bruker Nano and belongs to the worldwide Bruker Group; since the acquisition sales have tripled. Another spin-off from the Academy is LTB Lasertechnik Berlin GmbH; besides involvement in cancer screening it is now a leading manufacturer of short-pulse lasers. The technology was developed following a joint project with the Max-Born-Institute for Revenue of optical technologies and microsystems technology companies in Adlershof in million Euro in 2011 Source: WISTA Management GmbH 25

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