Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Supervisory Board Chair, said the following: "Over the past few months since our meeting in summer, Berlin Institute of Health made important progress in winning over researchers. Just recently, Berlin Institute of Health awarded three excellent female researchers the newly established Johanna Quandt professorships in collaboration with Stiftung Charité. The professors Il-Kang Na, Ute Scholl and Petra Ritter conduct patent-oriented research, thereby reinforcing Berlin Institute of Health's mission of translating innovations into concrete medical applications for the benefit of patients."
Steffen Krach, Berlin State Secretary for Science and Research and Deputy Supervisory Board Chair, also expressed his satisfaction at the further development of Berlin Institute of Health, and emphasized the following with regard to the construction projects in Berlin-Mitte and at the campus in Buch: "We are extremely glad that these major construction projects are progressing well. It will allow Berlin Institute of Health to create the necessary research spaces required for the numerous translational research activities in the foreseeable future. In addition, the modern buildings and the research spaces created in them also increase the attractiveness of Berlin as a research hub for further outstanding researchers."
The central construction projects were initiated in order to be able to provide laboratory and office space for the research groups. At Campus Berlin Buch, a new building will replace a portion of the old Robert-Rössle-Clinic and bring together research groups as well as clinical staff. In total, 3,036 square meters of usable area will be created here. In Mitte, a modern, transparent building for translational medicine will be built in direct vicinity to the clinical care unit in the former operations and intensive care wing of Charité. The objective here is to unite Berlin Institute of Health's cutting-edge patient-centric translational research and Charité's clinical care system under one roof. In total, the renovation will result in around 14,800 square meters of floor space. 9,554 square meters are reserved for Berlin Institute of Health.
The developments in the field of Technology Transfer also received a positive assessment from the Supervisory Board. The measures initiated in 2017 are making an impact: From the forging of new strategic partnerships with the industry to the establishment of the "Berlin Health Innovation Digital Lab". Both state secretaries emphasized the following: "Particularly in the field of digital medicine, which is of core importance for the research and science hub of Berlin, it is pleasant that an increasing number of clinically active researchers are being mobilized by the pilot project "Digital Health Accelerator" for the development of digital business models and products." The Supervisory Board recommended that the Executive Board actively drives forward the measures initiated.
Furthermore, the Supervisory Board Chair, Dr. Georg Schütte, informed the Executive Board that a structural committee commissioned in July had already begun its work, and that the submission of recommendations for the further thematic and structural development of Berlin Institute of Health to the Supervisory Board is slated to take place in spring 2018.