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Platinum Level

Klaus Tschira Foundation

Physicist Dr. h.c. Klaus Tschira established the Klaus Tschira Foundation in 1995 as a not-for-profit organization designed to support research in informatics, the natural sciences, and mathematics, as well as promotion of public understanding in these sciences. Klaus Tschira’s commitment to this objective was honored in 1999 with the „Deutscher Stifterpreis” by the National Association of German Foundations. The home of the Foundation is the Villa Bosch in Heidelberg, the former residence of Nobel Prize laureate for chemistry Carl Bosch (1874–1940). Klaus Tschira is a co-founder of the SAP AG in Walldorf, one of the world’s leading companies in the software industry. After many years on the board of directors, Klaus Tschira is now a member of the company’s supervisory board.

Gold Level


SVA is one of Germany's leading system integrators in the field of DataCenter infrastructure. The entrepreneurial goal of SVA is the combination of high-quality IT products of the respective companies with the project know-how and the flexibility of SVA in order to achieve optimal solutions for the customers. Core issues of the company, in addition to high availability architectures and high performance computing, highly scalable SAN architecture, data backup and disaster recovery as well as virtualization technologies in server and SAN environments.


LANGE + PFLANZ Werbeagentur Gmbh (advertising agency) has been a specialist for Marketing and Design since 1992. Our focus covers the fields of financial , corporate and strategic communication. As an owner-operated communication company we offer individual and enduring communication solutions for variable media platforms.

Silver Level

Beckman Coulter

Beckman Coulter, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies that simplify and automate laboratory processes. Spanning the biomedical testing continuum—from pioneering medical research and clinical trials to laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care testing—Beckman Coulter's 200,000 installed systems provide essential biomedical information to enhance health care around the world.


Chroma Technology Corp. is a manufacturer of interference filters for the ultra-violet, visible and near-infrared portions of the spectrum, including bandpass, multiple bandpass, and long and short pass filters, as well as beamsplitters, dichroic mirrors and laser rejection filters. We specialize in precision spectral control, including extra high signal-to-noise ratio filters and those with rapid cut-on and cut-off profiles. The manufacturing process involves precisely depositing, in a vacuum, extremely thin layers of two or more materials on a glass or similarly transparent substrate.


febit develops, produces and markets flexible automated solutions for enabling biochip applications in Life Sciences. febit’s product portfolio includes various instruments, optimized assays and bioanalytical services, complemented by bioinformatics software and consulting. The key applications are HybSelect, febit’s innovative DNA capture method for Next-Generation-Sequencing, and hands-off, amplification free microRNA profiling. Both are taking advantage of the advanced microfluidics of the patented Geniom Biochip to offer the highest degree of automation, flexibility and efficiency available.

Bronze Level


Amnis designs, manufactures and markets leading cell imaging instrumentation for the research and clinical markets. The Company’s flagship product is the ImageStream system, which combines the speed and sensitivity of flow cytometry with the power of high resolution digital microscopy. As the only technology capable of imaging cells at high speed directly in bodily fluids, ImageStream enables unique, non-invasive diagnostic applications. These applications include residual disease detection via high throughput FISH, circulating endothelial cell and tumor cell analysis, and advanced automated hematology based on multi-color phenotyping combined with histochemical staining.


Graffinity is the premier partner for fragment based drug discovery and lead development of small molecule pharmaceuticals. Graffinity has built a unique approach which includes chemical microarrays, fragment screening, SPR label-free imaging of protein-ligand interactions, computational chemistry and lead discovery. The technology platform offers a new drug discovery paradigm for the rapid conversion of genomic information into novel, high quality leads and drug candidates. Graffinity applies this technology in established high-profile collaborations with leading Pharma and Biotech companies.

Sanofi Aventis

Focused on patients’ needs, sanofi-aventis offers a range of essential healthcare assets, including a broad-based product portfolio in the areas of prescription medicines, generics, consumer health care and animal health. The world leader in vaccines shows a worldwide presence across both traditional and emerging markets. Sanofi-aventis' ambition: to become a diversified global healthcare leader.

Academic Sponsors

University of Heidelberg

The future since 1386
Soon after its foundation, the University had firmly established its position in Europe's intellectual landscape. In the initial period, renowned theologians and jurists figured prominently among the Elector's counsellors, while the list of alumni included chancellors, bishops and royal emissaries. Later, in the 15th century, Heidelberg developed into a stronghold of humanism.

German Cancer Research Center

The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers. More than 2,000 staff members, including 850 scientists, are investigating the mechanisms of cancer and are working to identify cancer risk factors. They provide the foundations for developing novel approaches in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. In addition, the staff of the Cancer Information Service (KID) offers information about the widespread disease of cancer for patients, their families, and the general public.


In addition to the experimental acquisition of biological data and their analysis with bio-statistical and bio-computational methods, the modelling and simulation of these processes as well as their validation have become more important than ever before. For small systems such as single molecules and small complexes, molecular models have already provided significant insights leading not only to a better understanding of interactions, but also to the rational design of new drugs. For more complex systems (large molecular complexes, cells, organs and populations), such analysis is only preliminary. On this basis, the University of Heidelberg has established the research network for the "Quantitative Analysis of Molecular and Cellular Biological Systems (BIOQUANT)" which integrates research groups from different disciplines and help them to focus on these research tasks.