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BioRN Cluster Management GmbH. (12/11/14). "Press Release: Biotech-Cluster Rhine-Neckar (BioRN) Leads InnoLife Consortium to Success in the Competition Healthy Living and Active Ageing of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)". Heide

Region Region EU (European Union)
Organisations Organisation BioRN Cluster Management GmbH
  Group BioRN Network e. V.
  Organisation 2 InnoLife project (EU KIC)
Products Product HEALTH (HUMAN)
  Product 2 business development (state/region)
Index term Index term InnoLife project–EU (govt): grant, 201412– KIC grant of up to €700m out of a total project volume >€2b
Person Person Tidona, Christian (BioRN Cluster Management GmbH 201109 Managing Director)

Future role as German coordination centre for the largest European cooperation project in the health sector to date

Heidelberg (D) | BioRN is a member of the consortium InnoLife, which has won the call for the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) Healthy Living and Active Ageing (EIT Health) of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). With a grant volume of up to 700 million euros and a total project volume of more than 2 billion euros, this is one of the largest publicly funded initiatives in the health sector worldwide.

Among the 50 core partners and additional 90 associate organisations from nine EU countries are, among others, Roche Diagnostics in Mannheim, AbbVie in Ludwigshafen and the University of Heidelberg as representatives of the BioRN cluster as well as major institutions and companies from the BioRN partner regions Cambridge in the United Kingdom and Leuven in Belgium (Health Axis Europe Alliance). In the next seven years the consortium partners will cooperate as a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) with the aim of delivering innovative products, services and concepts that will improve quality of life and contribute to the sustainability of healthcare across Europe. During the application phase the German partners of the consortium, including the BioRN cluster in Heidelberg as well as the top regions BioM in Munich, Medical Valley in Erlangen and BIO.NRW with its locations in Cologne and Aachen, had already agreed that the EIT Health projects would be coordinated from Heidelberg.

BioRN managing director Dr. Christian Tidona made the following statement on winning the KIC call: “The successful initiation of this worldwide unique large-scale project is the direct result of the investment of the German Federal Government, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the regional partners in our BioRN leading-edge cluster. This opportunity for internationalization and active participation from major local institutions and companies in the health sector will sustainably strengthen our Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.”

Further information:

Link to the official EIT press release:

About the BioRN Cluster Management

The BioRN Cluster Management GmbH is a public-private partnership between the BioRN Network, the Heidelberg Technology Park, the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Commerce and the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region (MRN). The company is charged with the coordination, integration, development and marketing of the biotech cluster Rhine-Neckar, one of the leading life science clusters in Europe.

The cluster includes renowned academic research institutions such as the University of Heidelberg, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), about 70 small and medium-sized biotech enterprises, as well as big pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies such as Roche Diagnostics (Mannheim), Merck Serono (Darmstadt) and AbbVie (Ludwigshafen).

The BioRN Cluster Management is supported by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.


BioRN Cluster Management GmbH
Eva-Maria Gottmann
Marketing & Communications
Im Neuenheimer Feld 582, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Phone +49 6221 655 78 24

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