Innovative New Lab in Hamburg Promises Medical Advances

Author: Rémi Dévé       


The new Leibniz Science Campus named InterACt will further Hamburg’s reputation as a medical science leader. (Courtesy Marketing Hamburg)

A pioneering lab dedicated to biology and infection research has opened in Hamburg, strengthening cooperation between the German city’s universities and research institutions as well as cementing its reputation as a medical hub.

The Leibniz Science Campus named InterACt or “integrated analysis of pathogen-induced compartments” opened May 1 and is the product of a partnership between the Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI) and the University of Hamburg.


The Congress Centre Hamburg, located near the InterAct lab, is set to reopen after renovations in 2020. (Courtesy CCH)

More Than 6 Million Euros in Funding

InterACt is designed to further the city’s reputation in the field of structural systems biology and infection research. InterACt is located near the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg — which is undergoing an expansion and is set to reopen in 2020 — and over the next four years, will receive a total of 6.6 million euros in funding.

Professor Dr. Dieter Lenzen, president of the University of Hamburg, said: “The creation of a new Leibniz Science Campus devoted to infection research is yet another example of the excellent cooperation between the university and non-university research institutions in the city.”

Hamburg’s Health-Care Cluster

Hamburg — Germany’s second-largest city — has an international reputation as a health-care location with one out of seven employees working in the health-care sector and one of the highest densities of medical doctors in Germany. Hamburg’s health-care cluster combines the expertise of the city’s the health-care sector with medical associations and other interest groups.

Karine Serra, marketing manager conventions — medical, health care and life science at the Hamburg Convention Bureau, explains: “Our cluster initiative aims to strengthen Hamburg’s reputation as a leading health-care location and also build relationships between experts in the sector and meeting planners. The new Leibniz Science Campus is a reflection of the city’s dedication to supporting pioneering medical research.”

This article was contributed by Boardroom. It was edited for use in Communique.

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