Turning ideas into success stories – from exoskeletons for operating theatres and lab-style analysis for runners to genetic analyses for the perfect beer

(Stuttgart) – BioRegio STERN Management GmbH has been supporting innovations and start-up companies in the public interest for over 20 years, making it the main point of contact for company founders and entrepreneurs in the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions, including the cities of Tübingen and Reutlingen. It has already assisted approximately 80 start-ups, many of which are now enjoying considerable success with their products and services and demonstrating the high level of innovative strength in the region. With its recent market launch of the “noac” exoskeleton, Hellstern medical GmbH is just one example. Thanks to this globally unique high-tech innovation, which company founders Sabrina Hellstern and Claudia Sodha developed with their team in record time, surgeons can operate without becoming fatigued.

Researchers, too, require a great deal of stamina, and sometimes that final impetus to start up a business – a little push in the right direction. That is why, 14 years ago, BioRegio STERN Management GmbH initiated the Science2Start ideas competition to identify commercially promising life sciences ideas in the region – and provide scientists with extra motivation for their start-ups.

Aufnahme eienr Kläranlage mit zwei länglichen Becken, in welchen das Messgerät der Firma Variolytics zum Einsatz kommt.

The measuring devices of Variolytics with patented real-time analytics for monitoring the emissions of sewage treatment plants are providing targeted help in limiting the generation of greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide and methane in the aeration tanks of such plants


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“Many of the innovations offer answers to the pressing questions of our society regarding energy use, environmental protection and the future of medicine,” says Dr. Klaus Eichenberg, Managing Director of BioRegio STERN Management GmbH. “The founders just need a genuine chance to make a success of their ideas. Supporting and encouraging them remains vital,” he adds. The team at BioRegio STERN Management GmbH has been assisting start-ups for over 20 years. For their part, these businesses have already created over 3,000 high-quality jobs. To date, the region’s 110 biotech companies have secured investment totalling three billion euros and funding of 550 million euros from Germany’s federal government.

The application phase for this year’s Science2Start ideas competition runs until 15 May 2023. Both up-and-coming scientists and company founders from the life sciences sector in the STERN BioRegion are invited to put their start-up ideas to the test. Every idea submitted will be rated based on its scientific excellence and commercial potential.


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Further information

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BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Dr. Klaus Eichenberg
Friedrichstrasse 10
70174 Stuttgart Germany
+49 711-870354-0

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