f.l.t.r.: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Grönemeyer, Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer-Falcke , Felicitas Janßen, Paul Aschenbrenner , Dr. Frank Dudda , Architekt Prof. Wolfgang Krenz

It’s all happening in the BioMedical Science Park Bochum…

…and in lots of ways, too: on the one hand on September 8th, the keys for the new building of the Entwicklungsgesellschaft Ruhr-Bochum mbH (EGR) were officially handed over to the temporary tenant, the Strategiezentrum Gesundheit NRW.  And on the other hand, work will soon begin on buildings for the Healthcare Campus’s new neighbours and on the new station for the U35 campus tram route.

 Strategy Centre moves in

It was only February when the foundation stone ceremony was held for this building which the EGR began as the first construction project on this 55,000 m² site, and already the first tenants are moving in: the Strategiezentrum Gesundheit NRW (Strategy Centre Healthcare) will be moving into the rooms here so as to be right on site to coordinate and support the development of the Healthcare Campus. At the key handing over ceremony Prof. Andreas Meyer-Falcke, Head of the Strategy Centre, explained: “My staff and I are all looking forward to working in the new premises. From here we will be able to experience at close hand the development of the Healthcare Campus which we are coordinating.”

The BioMedical Science Park Bochum (BMP) to the south of the actual Healthcare Campus siteis part of the integrative campus concept and provides space for healthcare companies to set up here. The whole of the three floor building comprising approx. 1,200 m² of space has been made available for the Strategy Centre until the last buildings on the Healthcare Campus have been completed. According to the latest plans the building will then be rented out to companies in the healthcare sector from 2014.

 Excavators on their way

The completion of the first building marks the beginning of a dynamic development in the Park, and it is already clear who the Strategy Centre’s new neighbours are going to be: the Aesculap Akademie will be constructing their new premises right next to the EGR building. In addition to their headquarters in Tuttlingen and their site in Berlin, this forum for scientific education and training in medical fields will be extending its network in Bochum. In future, they will be running training programmes for doctors, care and specialist staff as well as clinic managers here too. “We are looking forward to driving ahead medical education and training in collaboration with the region’s university facilities in Bochum at the heart of this NRW metropolis”, Felicitas Janßen, Managing Director of the Aesculup Akademie explained while presenting the plans and a model of this project. Construction is planned to start in February 2012.

Training programmes are also – inaddition to handling contracts and representing the profession’s political interests – a focus of the second new builder in the BioMedical Science Park. The Federal Association of Self-employed Physiotherapists – IFK e.V. will be constructing their new headquarters here as well. In addition to the offices themselves they will be starting work in the spring of 2012 on constructing a modern educational facility which will offer recognised courses in state of the art therapeutic techniques. Other associations are intended to bundle competences and make use of synergies here too. Dr. Dudda, IFK Managing Director explained: “The Healthcare Campus gives associations representing non-doctor treatment providers the chance to bundle their interests here and, in cooperation with the bigger organisations like doctors and hospitals, to get more noticed than before”.

All in all, and not forgetting the Ruhr University and the future Hochschule für Gesundheit (University of Healthcare Professions) right next to it, Bochum is developing into a new centre for all aspects of healthcare education. It is not only the local health care sector which benefits from this, it will also have a positive impact on skills shortages throughout the country. Bochum’s City Director Paul Aschenbrenner also emphasises this: “The diversity of the healthcare sector relies on skilled employees of all sorts, I am sure that companies connected with Bochum’s other key healthcare fields, such as medical information technology, will also enrichen the BMP in future.”

In addition to these initiatives in the BioMedical Science Park, work will also begin on the Healthcare Campus North Rhine-Westphalia on the other side of the road in the spring of 2012. Simultaneously the construction phase of the new station on the U35 campus tram route will begin. “These substantial construction activities in the coming years will certainly draw the attention of other companies to this excellent location. The whole healthcare location of Bochum will benefit from the synergies which are being created here”, Johannes Peuling, Director of the medlands.RUHR initiative, looks optimistically to the future.

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