Celebrating ten years of LISAvienna - the Vienna Life Science Cluster!

Ten years of successful progress: Life Sciences in Vienna

On 13.9.2012, a mild early autumnal day, over 350 anniversary guests gathered at the Rinderhalle, Neu Marx to celebrate the success of the organisation over the past ten years.

Deputy Mayor Renate Brauner attended the event as a well-wisher and highlighted the special importance of life sciences in Vienna with facts and figures, outlining the progress made over the past few years with the involvement of LISAvienna. “Life sciences have made a huge leap forward in recent years. Vienna seized this opportunity - not only to gain recognition as a prime life science location among international competitors, but also to achieve great success. A pivotal element of this success has been the huge commitment shown by the LISAvienna team”, said the Deputy Mayor in her celebratory speech.

During her opening speech, Ulrike Unterer, of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Family and Youth, reminded the audience that the origins of LISAvienna can be traced back to the incentive program “Impulsprogramm Biotechnologie” initiated by the Ministry of Economics and Innovationsagentur in 1998.

LISAvienna’s founder and Rector of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Sonja Hammerschmid, highlighted the success factors in her celebratory speech: “A decisive factor is the support package tailored to the requirements of entrepreneurs, with short decision-making processes and no bureaucratic hurdles. Only in this way can the region develop in a sustainable and internationally competitive way. Particularly during times of economic uncertainty, policies need to be even more prepared to take an acylic approach to absorb the repercussions of market failures.“

Life science entrepreneur Joachim Seipelt praised the good total package offered by the Vienna support agencies and the excellent networking between the Life Science companies based in Vienna.

As a representative of the global player Baxter, Harmut Ehrlich, Vice President of Global R & D and Medical Affairs BioScience, discussed the advantages of Vienna as a research location for international pharmaceutical companies and expressed clear requests to the political decision-makers: “Increased investments are required into research funding and the education of highly qualified workers to secure the Vienna region for the future“.

LISAvienna Managing Director Peter Halwachs revealed the secret of the life science location of Vienna. “In addition to the infrastructure created by the federal government and City of Vienna and the coordinated funding and services provided by ZIT, Wirtschaftsagentur, aws and FFG, Vienna is particularly characterised by its combination of excellent research establishments, innovative small and medium-sized businesses and major international companies.“ Co-Managing Director Johannes Sarx discussed the significance of LISAvienna: “Over the past 10 years, we have held over 600 personal consultation meetings and have been able to welcome over 5,000 people at training and network events. The most important event next year is BIO-Europe, the world’s largest biotechnology partnering exhibition which, at the instigation of LISAvienna, will take place in Vienna for the second time at the centre of the global science community.“

The climax and simultaneous end of the program was a visual look back over the evolutionary history of the life science centre of Vienna, created by the “Verein zur Förderung der Kunst von Visualisten, mediaOpera”.

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