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32 The Southwest

32 The Southwest Berlin Technology Hub 1959 as the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin-Wannsee. On January 1 2009, it was merged with the Berlin Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung (BESSY) to form HZB. The synchrotron radiation source BESSY II allows for material analysis using brilliant, coherent light from the terahertz to the X-ray range. Each year, this research infrastructure is used by approx. 3000 visiting scientists. Each of the institutes and departments within the different HZB research areas is headed by a professor appointed jointly by the universities in Berlin and Brandenburg. The research areas are complemented by work groups made up of junior researchers as well as joint HZB-university research groups and “Joint Laboratories.” The research reactor BER II supplies neutron radiation for a wide range of scientific investigations, in particular in materials science. Both thermal and cold neutrons are available. These pass through several neutron guide tubes to a total of 24 measuring stations. What makes the HZB special in this respect are the unique specimen environments it provides. Positioned in the world’s most powerful magnets, specimens can be exposed to extreme low temperatures at the same time they are being irradiated with neutrons. Those interested in forming their own companies can draw on an extensive range of options available at the Southwest Berlin technology hub. In addition to the programs provided by the FU Berlin and Charité, there is also a local start-up center. Profund Innovation, the FU Berlin business incubator, has received numerous awards. It offers comprehensive consulting services to FU Berlin scientists and alumni up to 5 years after they leave the university. There are three business incubators on the university campus with a total of 100 workstations. Starting in 2009, FU Berlin began working with Charité to promote start-ups. Under the auspices of the “Entrepreneurial Network University,” this collaborative effort is expected to achieve a new level of quality and be extended to include additional partners. The two institutions are partners in the EXIST-IV project entitled “Entrepreneurial Network University.” With 2.8 million euros in funding, the goal is to implement this project through 2018. The many start-ups overseen by Profund Innovation will soon get a new address. The new Business and Innovation Center next to the Freie Universität Berlin (FU- BIC) is slated to be built on the 5-hectare site of the former American hospital at Fabeckstr. 62, in close proximity to the FU Berlin campus in Dahlem. Additional space will be available in the area around the TGZ SW for companies in the post start-up phase (growth phase). According to SÜDWEST regional management, it is expected that work at the center will be mainly geared around the specializations of the resident university or research institutions as well local research priorities in mathematics/computer science, ICT, healthcare and new materials. Overall, the site can accommodate 60 to 80 companies with about 900 employees. 2 3 Start-ups and Spin-offs in Berlin Southwest Industry: Focusing on Medical Technology Various companies in the fields of medical technology and analytics have taken up residence in the areas adjacent to the FU Berlin and Charité-Campus Benjamin Franklin. These companies include, for example, Berlin Heart GmbH, Knauer Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH and Laser- und Medizin-Technologie GmbH, Berlin. Southwest Berlin is also home to a network for RNA technologies unrivaled anywhere in the world. 4 2 3 4

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