Brno - the City of Significant Life Sciences Potential

  • Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic with more than 370 000 residents.
  • Brno is conveniently located in between Prague and Vienna, thus, providing a great location for both business and science.
  • Life Sciences are one of the four top-ranking industries in the region. The other three include Information Technologies, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
  • Brno is the city of Johann Gregor Mendel, Abbott of the Augustinian monastery in Old Brno, who worked out the basic laws of inheritance by painstakingly cross-breeding thousands of pea plants. His experiments with plants started the gene revolution that gave the world biotech drugs and genetically modified crops.
  • Other scientific leaders associated with the city include Ernst Mach, whose work resulted in the Mach numbers used to gauge supersonic speed, and Viktor Kaplan, inventor of the Kaplan water turbine.
  • Brno has a long tradition in development and production of electron microscopes being a hometown of companies like Tescan, Delong Instruments and FEI.
  • The city has more than 3 000 researchers in engineering and life sciences sector.
  • Over 2 200 publications are published in international scientific journals per year by researchers from Brno.
  • In the area of life sciences, there are four universities (Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology, Mendel University in Brno, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences), five institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Institute of Biophysics, Institute of Scientific Instruments, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Institute of Physics of Materials, Institute of Vertebrate Biology) and several research centres (University Campus Bohunice, Cardiovascular Animal Research Centre, Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute in Brno, Veterinary Research Institute, Research Centre of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology)
  • New centres of excellence are being developed. Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) will become an important European centre of science and education. The project will contribute to the science research capacity of the Czech Republic and also strengthen relations between Czech science and top international research institutes and companies. International Clinical Research Centre (ICRC-FNUSA) will become one of the EU’s largest biotech and medical research centres. The project was established in 2006 in Brno as a result of collaboration between Czech scientists and the prestigious Mayo Clinic based in Rochester, United States.
  • A considerable number of biotechnology companies are located in Brno and its surroundings. Their most common products are monoclonal antibodies and antibody-based diagnostic kits. Some of the well known companies include BioVendor, Clonestar, Test-Line, ELISABETH PHARMACON, Bioveta, Enantis, Genex CZ and Moravian-Biotechnology. Most of the companies are members of CEITEC cluster bioinformatics that acts as a platform for fostering cooperation between academia and industry in the region in order to increase their competitive advantage.
  • Specialized biotechnology incubator INBIT operated by the South Moravian Innovation Centre provides support to innovative biotechnology start-up companies. The incubator is located within the University Campus Bohunice.
  • Brno has already attracted foreign technology companies such as IBM, Honeywell, Siemens and FEI.

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