BioValley is one of the leading life science clusters in Europe. The cluster is unique in that it spans across three countries Switzerland, Germany and France. This includes the global life science hub of Basel, Switzerland. BioValley brings together important ingredients for a successful biotech cluster, a concentration of companies, rich availability of skills and experience within Life Sciences and a research base that is world-class.
The foundation for any leading international cluster is a successful academic base. There are 100,000 students at 10 universities or research institutions in the cluster. Within the cluster are some of the world’s leading universities including University of Basel, Max Planck Institute and Freiburg University. The academic groups and institutions within the cluster have produced an enviable number of Nobel Laureates including Prof Werner Arber (Laureate in Medicine, 1978) and the 2011 Nobel Prize for Medicine winner Prof Jules Hoffmann.
As a direct consequence of being an academic powerhouse the cluster produces a number of spin-out companies. Technology transfer organisations such as Conectus, The Innovation Department at KIT and Unitectra have all helped companies spin out into a variety of related fields. Spin- outs, and private companies are supported by a good financial network including both public and private financing initiatives as well as more traditional venture capital and private equity.
Currently the cluster has in excess of 50,000 people working in the life sciences field. This includes 15,000 scientists (~30%). There are 600 companies in the cluster developing therapeutic, diagnotics or medical devices to address a wide range of diseases in multiple therapeutic classes.
It is not only innovative biotechs that thrive in the cluster. The region houses two of the largest global pharmaceutical companies, Roche and Novartis, and their presence is a further stimulus for the local talent market as people are employed in jobs with other ventures like Basilea Pharmaceutica, Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Transgene, and Santhera Pharmaceuticals.
The entire process of drug development is covered in the region, from research through to clinical and drug development and manufacturing. With companies such Baliopharm, Auris Medical, Flexion Therapeutics, Vivendy Therapeutics and Piqur Therapeutics are all representative of the business diversity and skill demand present in the region.
From a life sciences job and career perspective, this means that there are considerable opportunities for job diversity. This diversity exists in terms of the job you can do and the area of sector in which you can work. If you are moving to a new region of Europe to pursue career opportunities, it is often important to know that the onward employment opportunities are considerable, so that you have the assurance of being able to plot successive career moves. BioValley provides these options, with a mixture of large pharma career opportunities and the offering of jobs in local start-up biotechs or medtech companies.
Liftstream has chosen to feature BioValley because of its involvement with clients in the region. Liftstream believes strongly in the tri-national structure of BioValley and the cultural and career diversity this offers. Liftstream wants to highlight those hot-spot areas in Europe where professional people can benefit from strong life sciences job opportunities but which they may have not considered previously.
For more information regarding the BioValley Cluster please see:
Alsace BioValley: www.alsace-biovalley.com