No 39 / October 5, 2016

Governing Mayor Michael Müller visits Berlin-Buch campus


The Administrative Director Dr. Heike Wolke, Governing Mayor Michael Müller and the Scientific Director Prof. Martin Lohse (left to right).


Dr. Christina Quensel, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) BBB Management GmbH and Governing Mayor Michael Müller (left to right). Image: Anyess von Bock/MDC.

On October 5, 2016, Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller paid a visit to the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) and the Berlin-Buch campus.

“You have great plans; I’m really pleased about that,” said Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller at the start of his meeting today with MDC’s Scientific Director Martin Lohse at the Berlin-Buch campus. “Yes – and we see great potential in them,” Lohse responded.

At their meeting, Lohse outlined three main areas of activity. Firstly, he said, the MDC wants to expand technology transfer in Buch. The Buch locality, he stated, provides a protected space for the further development of spin-off companies. When starting out, these companies often still rely on close ties with a laboratory, he added.

Secondly, the MDC Director mentioned the need to establish new technologies through the application of high-resolution electron microscopes – which, while a feature of other scientific hubs in Germany, are not currently available in Berlin. The MDC aims to work with its university partners to acquire large-scale equipment of this kind and thus improve the location’s standing.

As a third focal point, Lohse spoke about animal research. The MDC’s new animal house, scheduled to open in 2017 on the Buch campus, will boost scientific findings and provide improvements in animal welfare. Associated dialogue events and the development of alternative methods are also in the pipeline, he said.

A brief tour of the campus was followed by a talk with representatives of the campus’s operating company, the citizens’ association of Buch, the Ludwig Hoffmann Quartier Objektgesellschaft (a property development company), and the executive board of the Eckert & Ziegler Group. During these discussions, it was again emphasized that the existing technical infrastructure at the Berlin-Buch Campus is overloaded and no longer meets the required technical standards.

Another topic of discussion was the development of Buch as a general healthcare location. Müller called for a coordinated plan for future neighborhood development. “Your main task,” said Müller, “is working out how to develop Buch into a vibrant and attractive urban district.” He went on to cite improvements in transportation links as a main prerequisite for achieving this. Otherwise, he said, the Buch campus and its highly qualified scientists would remain isolated.

Müller encouraged those present to jointly and swiftly develop strategies and set plans in motion for developing the locality in line with an overall concept. “I see Berlin as an extremely important scientific hub. Politicians have already achieved a lot here in recent years, but we don’t want to rest on our laurels. Particularly here in Buch, there is still great potential that we can tap into and develop together,” he said.



Vera Glaßer

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch
Head of Communications department (interim)

Tel: +49 30 94 06 - 2120