President of Israeli Weizmann Institute Meets with Representatives of the Health Axis Europe Alliance in Heidelberg
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|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:15 (UTC + 2)|
German-Israeli Economic Association and BioRN Cluster Management foster research collaborations between health innovation hubs in Heidelberg, Leuven and Rechovot
As an external member and director of the Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, Professor Daniel Zajfman, President of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rechovot, is closely linked to Heidelberg. The Weizmann Institute itself has been involved in collaborative research and development with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) for many years. Daniel Zajfman: "In modern scientific research, it is much harder to anticipate what will be the next discovery than to predict who is the scientist who will make that next discovery." He emphasized the importance of scientific excellence and international collaboration. “The Health Axis Europe alliance between Cambridge, Leuven and Heidelberg holds great potential for outstanding health science, education and entrepreneurship,” he stated.
Hildegard Müller, President of the D-I-W, underlined in her dinner speech the importance and benefits of German-Israeli collaboration: “Germany and Israel share much more than just a tragic history. We are constantly learning from each other, and we all benefit from our collaboration in our own countries as well as in third markets. This is particularly true in the knowledge-intensive field of high technology. Research collaboration has helped us to bridge the gap between us. And it can also pave the way towards a responsible, sustainable and joint future.”
The statements were supported by Minister Bauer, who concluded: “We are pleased to see our BioRN cluster in Heidelberg among the drivers of the Health Axis Europe initiative. The big health challenges of our ageing society can be addressed only by strong international research consortia, and outstanding Israeli innovation hubs such as the Weizmann Institute are particularly welcome to participate.”
The German-Israeli Economic Association offers advice and practical support when it comes to business development between German and Israeli partners. Over 150 leading German and Israeli companies have joined the network. Hildegard Müller, CEO Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW), is the German-Israeli Economic Association's chairman; the Israeli ambassador to Germany serves as chairman of the advisory board.
The German-Israeli Economic Association's services include relocation assistance to companies; focused scouting for marketing, investment, R&D, and strategic partners; business development; intercultural management coaching; HR recruiting services; organization of branch-specific workshops; and planning and escorting business trips to Germany.
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