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12 Oct 2015

Austria publishes Life Science Report and prepares life sciences strategy

On 9 October 2015, the Life Science Report Austria 2015 was presented to the public. The report, which is the third in the series of life science reports, was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and was drawn up by aws - Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH. The 2015 report is the first which also covers Austria's research landscape in this field.

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, Minister for Science, Research and Economy, presented the report together with Secretary of State Harald Mahrer. Mr. Mitterlehner highlighted Austria's research-intensive life science sector which is growing dynamically. He said Austria could not only be proud of its excellent tradition in the medical sector, but that the country also had a growing, active and internationally renowned community in the various life science disciplines.

The Austrian life science sector has 487 enterprises in the medical technologies field, and 336 biotechnology and pharmaceutical enterprises, with an overall turnover of more than 19.11 billion euro (a 7.8% increase compared to 2012). 55 research institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions) in Austria deal with life sciences, employing around 20,000 staff and working on a total life sciences budget of 1.44 billion euro.

In order to develop the Austrian life science sector further, Austria has started the process of preparing a life science strategy. The strategy should cover the whole range of Austrian life science activities along the value chain. The strategy will be developed including an intensive dialogue with stakeholders and will be completed in spring 2016.

For more information:

Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy - press release (in German)

Life Science Report Austria 2015 (in English)

 

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