New excellence clusters
Mainz/Leuna – Two biotech concepts were amongst the winners of the recent third round of the Excellence Cluster initiative, which is funded by the German Ministry for Research. In Mainz the champagne corks popped especially loud after the “CI3 – Cluster for individualised immune intervention” was selected by the jury. The researchers walked away empty-handed from the final round of the 2009 competition. Over the next five years, the Research Ministry grants will total about a40m there. In addition to Mainz, four other winners were selected, among them a bioeconomy cluster, which will build the EU’s first biorefinery to make chemicals from wood.