Science Night 2013
On 26th April 2013, the second Science Night (after 2012) was organized in Regensburg. The BioPark Regensburg also took part to present itself as an innovative center of biotechnology. It opened its doors to the interested public.
The city of Regensburg, its universities and a great number of its innovative companies presented themselves during the event. Almost 10,000 visitors have used the opportunity to have a look behind the scences of the local enterprises. There were activities for all ages: guided tours, talks, discussions, children acitivites and many more activities had been arranged and could be visited, covering the entire city area. Schools and universities also presented themselves during the successful event. Therefore, many visitors could be enthused to science and technique and their practical impact.
Amongst the many companies, the BioPark Regensburg presented itself as "successful innovation center at the Danube" for biotechnology: with more than 30 tenants with 550 employees in the most modern office and lab spaces, it is located on the campus of the University of Regensburg. In close proximity to the faculties of natural sciences, new therapies against cancer are developed, new drugs and diagnostic techniques are tested, or synthetic genes for immunization are produced. Biotechnology is offering the technical basis for one of the key technologies of the 21st century.
In 2013, the BioPark Regensburg GmbH acted als host and the companies Geneart/Life Technologies and Antisense Pharma invited the visitors into their labs. Three groups, 50 persons each, were informed on the work of the two enterprises. Each of the three rounds, starting at 6pm, 7:30 pm and 9 pm, was completely booked out.
The participants were welcomced by staff of the BioPark Regensburg GmbH. An introduction with video presentation in the lecture hall of BioPark I was followed by a guided tour through the Life Technologies laboratories. Afterwards, Antisense Pharma presented itself with a talk and a film.
For the majority of the visitors, this was the first time ever to have a look into a biological/biotechnological laboratory. Therefore, there was high interest in the guided tour through the lab spaces of Life Technologies. Nevertheless, the information on research on cancer treatment methods by Antisense Pharma was as inspiring to the participants as the tour. Once again, many thanks to both companies for offering the possibilty to the public to make such a fascinating experience!