Starting a biotech or medical device company in Vienna means benefiting from a 360 degree support landscape nurturing a unique life sciences ecosystem. Various grants, loans and guarantees as well as free consulting services and flexible start-up offices are available in Vienna. The research tax premium of 14% makes Austria even more attractive. We strongly recommend that you consider Vienna when planning to start up or grow your company at the heart of Europe! Our technology experts are available to talk about all the support that is available here for developing tomorrow’s products, processes and services. Please contact us to help you find suitable lab space including the most modern start-up labs. We accompany you on your way to success. Enter the ecosystem now!
The Austrian capital is an important and competitive hub at the center of Europe’s biotech and life sciences sector. It provides an environment that is forward-looking, dynamic, and challenging, which in turn increases the industry ́s capacity to innovate.
CEO, Hookipa Pharma
As of December 2019, a total of 70 bench and 30 office workplaces will be available to life science start-ups in Vienna. Apply as of May 1, 2019!
Start-ups will be able to rent affordable and flexible workplaces across more than 1,100m² in the heart of the Vienna BioCenter and jointly use the equipment and facilities provided here. This offer is intended primarily for start-ups carrying out research and development in the fields of biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology and pharmaceutics.
The start-up labs will feature a range of equipment, including:
- Centrifuges, vortexers, mixers & heat blocks, scales & pH meters
- PCR, SDS-PAGE & agarose gel electrophoresis, imaging
- Bacterial incubators & shakers
- BSL2 cell culture facilities, incl. sterile workbenches, CO2 incubators & microscopes
- Reagent grade distilled water, liquid nitrogen
- -80°C & -20°C freezers, fridges and storage for material & consumables
- Autoclave, dish washer, ice machine
- Information technology & telecommunications
BI Innovation Prize – Austria
Boehringer Ingelheim supports selected start-ups by paying their lab and office rent in the new space available at the Vienna BioCenter for up to 12 months. Companies interested in this offer are invited to apply after being granted access to the Start-up Labs. Approach Boehringer Inglheim with a non-confidential summary of your business plan (2 pages) or a pitch slide deck (5-10 slides). Start-ups whose applications have been approved will also gain access to Boehringer Ingelheim’s extensive biopharmaceutical expertise, if desired. Further background information is included in this slide deck.
Almost all Top 20 biotech, pharma and medtech companies operate a presence in Vienna. This offers plenty of room for the exchange of knowledge. Some big players even coordinate clinical trials on game-changing new drugs at their premises in Austria. Others such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Octapharma and Ottobock make major investment decisions at their Vienna site that result in their increasing R&D and manufacturing facilities.
Vienna has become a biotech hotspot over the last years combining a great deal of scientific and entrepreneurial expertise, especially in the fields of immunology and infectious disease research. The excellent academic infrastructure in these areas is represented, for example, by the "Immunology" and "Oncology" research cluster of the MedUni Vienna, and a high density of companies have emerged from the excellent local institutions, contributing to the innovative climate. This overall package makes Vienna a very attractive location for Themis Bioscience.
CEO Themis Bioscience GmbH
Vienna’s life sciences community is developing technologies that are leading to promising new drug candidates, medical devices, research reagents or eHealth solutions. Our unique start-up ecosystem, together with experienced entrepreneur networks and negotiation skills, have yielded spectacular equity investments and licensing deals. These are enabling product candidates to progress into clinical development stages or to enter markets worldwide. Network with the entrepreneurs driving these success stories and benefit from their knowledge. Explore the Austrian Life Sciences Directory and our online news section to find out more about the innovative companies available in Vienna. Our newsletter, tweets @lifesciencevie and additional publications provide you with news on a regular basis.