Innovation Leadership in Lifesciences
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“Co-creating the future of health and wellbeing. Innovating Together.”
With over 20 billion dollars in corporate and academic research spending, over 1000 research groups, and 4 world-leading universities in life sciences, the Upper Rhine Valley, spanning France, Germany and Switzerland, is a globally leading cluster for life science innovation. Industry also plays a leading role in this ecosystem, with the region being home to hundreds of life science companies, covering the whole value chain for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. In the most recent years, a vibrant seedbed for spin-offs and start-ups to emerge has taken shape, housing more than 150 spin-offs and start-ups in life sciences.
Even though there is an abundance in life science expertise and growth, there is a huge untapped potential for collaboration between innovators in France, Germany, and Switzerland and, more importantly, calling for a shared vision and aspiration for the next decade and beyond.
Today, we are faced with many challenges in healthcare. The recent pandemic has taught us the fragility of not only our physical healthcare system but also our mental one. Most healthcare providers and even large pharma and biotech companies are focused primarily on diagnostics and therapeutics, instead of preventing people from getting sick. And our population is growing older by the day, increasing our healthcare costs even further.
In order to tackle these challenges and become a worldwide leader on defining the future of health, there is a strong need for a cross-border ecosystem approach, aimed at facilitating collaboration and innovation. The Bio-Campus provides a globally unique framework for academia, industry, the entrepreneurial world, and the public sector, to discover each other and to create long lasting impact together.
By bringing together these stakeholders in specific life science topics, we strengthen area-specific networks. The Bio-Campus is also responsible for making sure cross-pollination takes place between these different networks, expanding existing knowledge. Topics will not only be selected in the traditional life science fields (eg. oncology, immunology, etc.), but will also be chosen in more future-oriented fields, like preventive health, mental wellbeing, gender health and planetary health with the use of co-creative leadership approaches as well as novel technologies.
The Bio-Campus 2030 is truly innovative in the way it creates an open and truly comprehensive ecosystem of innovators pioneering tri-national, tri-sectoral, transdisciplinary collaboration including the voices of The growth opportunities will be approached in a co-creative way applying innovation theory, methods and tools, offering safe space to action-driven learning, innovation labs as springboards, innovation platforms to connect in person and virtually as well as deepening our inner leadership capacities - all supported by a set of activities and projects. A particular focus will be on peer-to-peer interactions among spin-off/startups across the entire value chain as a powerhouse for innovation across the trinational region, which will be a first. Since spinoffs and start-ups are at the source of innovation, this focus will be of vital importance to support each other to become an uniquely agile learning region advancing innovation in lifesciences to next level of global leadership.