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“Co-creating the future of health. 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 area 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. Recently, a well-developed start-up soil has been developing, housing about 150 start-ups in life sciences.
Even though there is an abundance in life science expertise and growth, there is a surprising lack of collaboration between innovators in France, Germany, and Switzerland and, more importantly, a lack of vision when it comes to preparing for what comes next.
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 prevention, computational abilities, and mental wellbeing.
The Bio-Campus is truly innovative in the way it creates an open and truly comprehensive, cross-border ecosystem of actors from different sectors (public, private). The challenges that will be defined together and bottom-up will be supported by a set of activities and projects. Another innovative aspect is the special focus on joint start-up activities in the field of Life Sciences, which has never taken place before. Since start-ups in the life sciences sector are responsible for a large number of innovations, this focus is particularly important.