Philipp Hainzl appointed new Managing Director at LISAvienna by the Vienna Business Agency

On September 1, 2020, Philipp Hainzl will succeed longstanding Managing Director Peter Halwachs as representative of the Vienna Business Agency on the board of the Vienna life sciences platform LISAvienna. He and Johannes Sarx from the Austrian promotional bank Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) are now jointly responsible for the life science cluster.

Commenting on his new area of responsibility, Philipp Hainzl said, “LISAvienna is one of the most important initiatives designed to bolster the life sciences in Vienna. Since 2002, the cluster platform has helped to ensure that new knowledge is implemented in innovative products, services and processes. To this end, we offer free consulting, organize events, accompany start-ups to trade events, analyze data and promote Vienna around the world as a center for innovation. We are optimally positioned for this at the interface between the Federal Government’s and Vienna’s economic development agencies.” Asked about his plans for the future, he replied: “The life sciences sector is experiencing very dynamic growth in Vienna, and this will continue to be reflected in our activities. For example, we intend to take further targeted measures to promote the growing digital health sector, where we are focusing on innovative applications that fall under medical device regulations. We are also committed to providing additional laboratory space for start-ups in Vienna.”

“I welcome the Vienna Business Agency’s decision to appoint Philipp Hainzl as my co-Managing Director at LISAvienna. We will do our utmost to ensure that the Austrian biotech, pharmaceutical, medical devices and digital health sector can continue to develop its full economic and social potential”, said Johannes Sarx. He adds, “At the same time, I would like to thank Peter Halwachs for his excellent work over the past ten years. His outstanding personal commitment and expertise have enabled LISAvienna to position itself effectively in the field of medical devices over the long term.” As head of the Seed financing department at aws, Johannes Sarx is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of measures that contribute to the economic implementation of start-up ideas in the fields of high technology, innovative business models and services, and which strengthen Austria as a business location. He has been representing aws as Managing Director of the Vienna life sciences platform LISAvienna since 2010.

Peter Halwachs will be taking over as Head of the Business Support Department at the Vienna Business Agency on September 1, 2020. In his new role, he will support Viennese companies in setting up or relocating in Vienna, assist in dealing with public authorities and inform about financing and funding opportunities. “It has been an exciting ten years at LISAvienna. I would like to thank the entire team at LISAvienna and my co-Managing Director Johannes Sarx for the successful collaboration. Working together with companies and research institutions, we were able to achieve important milestones and bring greater visibility to Vienna as an excellent place for the life sciences. I wish my successor Philipp Hainzl all the best and will continue to keep an open ear for the concerns of life sciences companies in the future as well.”

About Philipp Hainzl

Philipp Hainzl will represent the Vienna Business Agency in a management capacity at the Vienna life sciences platform LISAvienna starting in September 2020. As head of the Business Agency’s life sciences team, he also helps shape strategic decisions on the future development of this sector in Vienna. Philipp Hainzl is responsible for the Vienna Business Agency’s Startup Labs at the Vienna BioCenter and is committed to providing additional laboratory space for companies in Vienna. His career path so far has taken him from academic research via biotech start-ups and all the way to “big pharma”. In addition to a broad knowledge base gained from his degree in genetic engineering & biotechnology, he brings valuable experience in biotech and pharmaceutical management, lean management and process optimization and in sales and customer support to LISAvienna.

About LISAvienna

LISAvienna is a joint life science platform operated by Austria Wirtschaftsservice and the Vienna Business Agency. On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs and the City of Vienna, it contributes to the advancement of life sciences in Vienna. LISAvienna supports innovative biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device and digital health companies in Vienna that develop and market new products, services and processes. The platform links these companies with development partners and key customers. As a central knowledge carrier, LISAvienna provides input for decisions to advance the life sciences in Vienna and contributes to positioning the city of Vienna as one of the leading European innovation centers.

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