The Mainz Life Science Hub in Germany
hanks to the resounding success of the biotech sector in fields such as oncology, ageing research, and mRNA, Mainz has been catapulted into the global spotlight. The City of Mainz wants to leverage this positive momentum and has set itself an ambitious vision: to significantly expand the life science and biotech industry over the next few years and develop into a thriving location with international appeal.
This vision entails investing in the construction of modern buildings, laboratory and office space with a focus on biotechnology on the 12 ha Life Science Campus near the University and University Medical Center. This boasts excellent transport links and there are plans to build several residential neighbourhoods nearby. Additionally, as soon as sites that are still used by the military (“An der Goldgrube”, the GFZ barracks planning area) have been handed over, additional space will become available in the immediate vicinity of BioNTech’s head office. In the medium term, there are plans for a mixed-use district combining research, offices, housing as well as community and public facilities in one location.
Prospects for development
Under the auspices of the city's planning department, the City of Mainz is conducting an international urban and open space planning competition for an area of 50 ha. This area lies directly adjacent to the current university expansion site and the Life Science Campus that is under development. It is being held to explore the potential to attract additional life science and biotech companies to the region, with the aim of developing the campus with the highest possible standards, creating a sustainable link between ecological sustainability and urban development.
An efficient ecosystem
Mainz as a location for life sciences and biotechnology offers an efficient ecosystem with significant players. The city and its environs are extremely well positioned thanks to the presence of major companies such as BioNTech, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck, Sanofi and Schott. The wider region is also home to other companies in the life science and biotechnology sector as well as suppliers.
Academic and research institutions provide a rich pool of knowledge and make a vital contribution to the region's economic success. Nine collaborative research institutes, six hospitals as well as a university (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz) and a university of applied sciences with top-notch reputations are the driving force behind interdisciplinary research in the field of life sciences and related fields of (specialised) research.
In this way, the Mainz Life Science Hub is an ideal location to successfully conduct research, found new companies and grow sustainably.
Felix Wälder, Managing Director,
biomindz GmbH, Schillerplatz 18, 55116 Mainz, Germany