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Future strategy for life sciences and the pharmaceutical sector

The life sciences and pharmaceutical sector is highly significant for Austria from a science and business perspective but also because of the country’s role as a location for research and innovation. The then Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) drew up the future strategy for life sciences and the pharmaceutical sector in Austria with the goal of advancing the excellence and international standing of the Austrian life science sector strategically and as a whole.

The strategy for life sciences rests on the vision of improving the Austrian life sciences ecosystem and strengthening and expanding the attractiveness of Austria as a life sciences location in lasting ways. These efforts involve improving specific framework conditions and creating synergies in order to keep pace with international competition and boost the powers of innovation and value creation in the life sciences sector.

This strategy addresses just one specific segment of the life sciences, namely, the one comprising health, medicine, molecular biology, biomedicine and pharmaceuticals.

The first step in drawing up the strategy was to launch a broad-based, multi-stage participatory process involving all relevant stakeholders from the science and business communities. This process entailed assessing the current status of the life sciences map in Austria and identifying the fields of action and necessary measures.

The process resulted in 27 concrete measures in nine fields of action, which were implemented by the two ministries responsible for the subject-matter.

Fields of action in the strategy

  • Basic research
  • Research infrastructure
  • Big Data
  • Personalised medicine
  • Clinical research
  • Scientific-business collaboration and translation
  • Business enterprises
  • Production and market
  • Dialogue between science and society

Fields of action for which the BMBWF is directly responsible

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) is responsible for basic research, research infrastructures, Big Data, personalised medicine, clinical research and the dialogue between science and society.

Contact

Hemma Bauer
Department V/3 – Basic Research (STEM) and Research Infrastructures
Minoritenplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
T +43 1 53120 6213
hemma.bauer@bmbwf.gv.at

Oliver Mayer
Department V/3 – Basic Research (STEM) and Research Infrastructures
Minoritenplatz 5, 1010 Vienna
T +43 1 53120 7145
oliver.mayer@bmbwf.gv.at

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