An ever-expanding net
This year will see the groundbreaking foundation stone ceremony for a new technology center in Greifswald, co-initiated by the cluster. The Centre for Life Science and Plasma Technology Greifswald, as it will be called, will enhance the collaboration in and economic use of bio-technology and plasma technology, including cross-sectoral co-operation.
Such a collection of high-level facilities has enabled Greifswald to become a well-known European reservoir of plasma technology knowledge, with the Ministry of Economics, Employment and Health of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the city itself putting in the investment for the new center.
“The crucial point was a cross-sectoral approach on bio-economy and plasma technology, which are two relevant technology areas in Greifswald,” says Wolfgang Blank, chief executive of WITENO, one of the founding firms in the cluster. “The close collaboration between different partners – from science, industry and administration – was critical in getting the support of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
We want to attract and build up high-tech industry in the region.” Any company which is interested in plasma technology or the bio-economy should keep an eye on opportunities at the center. “Cross-sectoral collaboration, tailor-made and modular infrastructure, professional services in business development, start-up culture and innovation management are the key advantages to be gained by joining our community,” says Blank.
The new center will serve as a hub of creativity for the future, enabling large and small companies alike to continue developing new innovations and enhancing Greifswald’s reputation as a center of cutting-edge knowledge. “The Centre for Life Science and Plasma Technology’s long-term efforts will expand the competences in the field of plasma technology and will create the prerequisites for the initiation of further projects, the formation of clusters and marketing possibilities,” says Klaus-Dieter Weltmann, chairman of the board at BalticNet-PlasmaTec.
“A major advantage is that spin-offs of the University of Greifswald, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology could stay in Greifswald and strengthen their co-operation with other companies in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; this means the other companies can also improve their chances of development.”
The BalticNet-PlasmaTec cluster implements its own innovations as well. The challenge of orchestrating scientists and research from such a wide variety of countries is considerable, but through the implementation of a bespoke communication platform known as Clou5, the flow of information is secured.
Clou5 brings together networking tools such as document exchange, management tasks, video conferencing and expert search. All interactions within the network take place in an environment of trust. Users can decide who can see their information: for example, a specialist group.
Like the sun – the largest plasma formation in our solar system – if Greifswald continues expanding, it will draw many other technologies into its magnetic field. Plasma technology has found its physical home.