Pharma and Biotech in Tyrol
Owing to the success of pharmaceutical companies in Tyrol, along with university and clinical research and the resultant biotechnology-oriented spin-offs, red (i.e. medical) biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and production have become core areas within the Standortagentur Tirol’s Cluster Life Sciences. The organisation aims to boost research and development in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, enhance the Tyrolean research sector as a whole and strengthen other sectors complementing the strong medical technology sector. This is achieved through the targeted locating of new companies and business start-ups, optimum support for resident companies (small and medium-sized enterprises in particular), the overall expansion of the critical mass of companies in Tyrol, infrastructure development and intensive networking between research establishments, hospitals and industry.
Medical technology initiative
When compared on a national level, Tyrol is a key location in the field of medical engineering. In order to further strengthen this position, the Standortagentur Tirol with its clusters actively supports cross-sector cooperation between cluster members, in particular in the areas of IT, mechatronics and material science (smart living, AAL – ambient assisted living, big data, data security, software as a medical product, industry 4.0 and biomaterials). The aim of this support is to afford the Tyrolean medical engineering sector a greater visible presence both in Austria and abroad, to strengthen regional networking, in particular between companies and research facilities, to extend qualification opportunities for manufacturers and suppliers and to further develop regional competences in the field of biomaterials and thus create a link to the life sciences community.
Interconnected systems and smart production
What today affects the manufacturing industry above all will, in future, be an issue that transcends business sector boundaries. Industry 4.0 and its methods will also play a role in the fields of enterprise systems, smart city, smart energy solutions, mobility, tele-medicine, medical technology and digital construction, as well as in the tourism-related fields of snow-making technology and piste management. Therefore, the Standortagentur Tyrol clusters will be offering their members advice in these specific areas with regard to relevant financial subsidies and will examine and, if necessary, even establish, training and further education programmes. The clusters intend to expand and intensify both national and international collaboration and, if possible, collaborate on the creation of a virtual demonstration factory. The goal is to expand the reach of Tyrolean companies in industry, energy, transport and other sectors for devices connected to the Internet.