Group picture with Holger Gerhardt, Heike Graßmann, Kai Wegner, Katja Simon, Christoph Diebolder

With passion and dedication in Berlin-Buch

An afternoon marked by innovation: Berlin's Mayor, Kai Wegner, visited the Max Delbrück Center on October 11, 2023, and subsequently inaugurated the BerlinBioCube innovation center on the Buch research campus. The BioCube, in close proximity, provides state-of-the-art laboratories and offices for life science startups and spin-offs, including those from the Max Delbrück Center.

What does good science require? What conditions enable excellent research and innovations? What needs improvement, and what is already in place? These were the questions discussed by the Mayor with Heike Graßmann, Administrative Director, and Holger Gerhardt, Deputy Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center. The discussion not only revolved around research topics but also structural improvements at the site. Besides cutting-edge technology and equipment and excellent teams, affordable and attractive housing, reliable public transport connections to the research campus, quality childcare, and sustainable management are important factors for the Campus to shine internationally.

During his visit to Professor Katja Simon's laboratory, Berlin's head of government learned about the latest findings on aging processes and autophagy and took a look through the microscope himself. In the recently opened Isolde Dietrich House for cryo-electron microscopy, Wegner inspected the high-performance device, whose potential was presented by Platform Leader Dr. Christoph Diebolder. “I am impressed by the passion and dedication with which important future topics are being worked on here at Campus Buch," said Kai Wegner.


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