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HERE<br />

+NOW.<br />

<strong>IMPULSE</strong> <strong>MAGAZINE</strong><br />

Entrepreneurial spirit and research excellence<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

invest-in-saxony-anhalt.com<br />



Courage.<br />

Innovation.<br />



HERE<br />

ideas become<br />

successful.<br />

Having good ideas isn’t enough. They<br />

also have to become a reality. For ideas to<br />

become a success, they need opportunities.<br />

Saxony-Anhalt offers these opportunities.<br />

Entrepreneurs don’t just appreciate the central<br />

location and excellent infrastructure of<br />

the federal state, which have made it into a<br />

leading logistics hub in Germany and Europe.<br />

The optimum scientific structure and<br />

a sophisticated cluster management also<br />

offer both those starting new businesses<br />

and established companies the best framework<br />

conditions. The historical local roots<br />

in mechanical engineering and the chemical<br />

industry provide sustainable foundations for<br />

the region and create bridges to relatively<br />

new sectors, such as information technology<br />

and the bio-economy. Saxony-Anhalt is one<br />

of the pioneers in the field of new materials<br />

and materials which are based on renewable<br />

raw materials. Creative people will also find<br />

a stimulating environment and artistic freedom<br />

for their ideas here. The creative economy<br />

is increasingly becoming a driving force<br />

and driver of innovation for other sectors.<br />

The best opportunities count for little,<br />

however, if they aren’t taken. Nothing is ever<br />

possible without people who have the courage<br />

to start a business or bring an innovation<br />

to the market. Such people are supported by<br />

the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitalisation<br />

and the Investment and Marketing<br />

Corporation Saxony-Anhalt as partners and<br />

pilots – during their search for a suitable<br />

location, with administrative procedures at<br />

public authorities, as well as financial support<br />

and the conceptualisation of projects.<br />

Saxony-Anhalt is well-equipped for<br />

entrepreneurs with courage and ideas. In<br />

recent years, the federal state has made<br />

good progress with its innovation strategy.<br />

The links between business and science<br />

have been strengthened on a sustainable<br />

basis, and the transfer of knowledge and<br />

technology has gained a decisive impetus.<br />

This has also been down to ground-breaking<br />

initiatives such as the State Initiative for<br />

Excellence, the targeted expansion of the<br />

business-oriented research infrastructure,<br />

the establishment of an efficient transfer<br />

infrastructure with the Competence Network<br />

for Applied and Transfer-Oriented Research<br />

(KAT), and the promotion of collaborative<br />

projects and research and development projects<br />

in businesses.<br />

To further improve the position of<br />

Saxony-Anhalt in terms of the international<br />

competition for business locations, education,<br />

research and innovation will continue<br />

to take priority in the future. The success<br />

stories on the following pages show that the<br />

path we have chosen is the right one.<br />

invest-in-saxony-anhalt.com<br />


Contents<br />

6<br />

11<br />

16<br />

21<br />

26<br />

29<br />

Food and Agriculture<br />

Roquette + PureRaw:<br />

A genuinely cracking idea<br />

Chemistry and the Bioeconomy<br />

EW Biotech:<br />

Small becomes large<br />

Mobility and Logistics<br />

FEV Continuous Running Testing Centre:<br />

Putting it through its paces<br />

Health and Medicine<br />

neotiv:<br />

A mental matter<br />

Energy, Engineering and Plant Construction,<br />

Resource Efficiency<br />

INTEB-M:<br />

Mechanical engineering in the DNA<br />

Ceterum:<br />

Creating space for innovations<br />



31<br />

36<br />

41<br />

Information and<br />

Communication Technology<br />

mercateo:<br />

Ledermann’s darling<br />

Creative Industry<br />

The Designhaus Halle:<br />

An incubator for creative people<br />

Key Technologies<br />

SmartMembranes:<br />

Success that’s down<br />

to the tiniest detail<br />


MARKET<br />


FOOD AND<br />


A genuinely<br />

cracking idea<br />

Roquette + PureRaw<br />



A strong team wants to<br />

establish a research<br />

and competence centre<br />

for algae in Klötze<br />

Kirstin<br />

Knufmann,<br />

Managing Director<br />

of Knufmann<br />

GmbH, and<br />

Jörg Ullmann,<br />

Managing Director<br />

of Roquette<br />

Klötze GmbH<br />

& Co. LIMITED<br />


“Somewhere in the east” is where<br />

Kirstin Knufmann was once told by a<br />

customer that there was a good producer of<br />

algae. She was looking for regional alternatives<br />

for her suppliers from China. It was the<br />

time when the cartons and boxes with their<br />

goods were piled up in her parents’ house near<br />

Cologne and the family members could only<br />

squeeze past them holding their arms up. It was<br />

with this information that Kirstin Knufmann<br />

discovered Roquette Klötze GmbH & Co. KG,<br />

and in so doing, a strong partner with whom<br />

she has continuously developed new products.<br />

And in Klötze in the Altmark region, she also<br />

found an attractive location for her company:<br />

Knufmann GmbH, with the PureRaw brand.<br />

PureRaw stands for the products of which Kirstin<br />

Knufmann is personally convinced. After all,<br />

for many years, she has been enjoying raw vegan<br />

food, developing her own recipes and providing<br />

information on the subject of nutrition<br />

in specialist books, at trade fairs and in lectures.<br />

“Algae aren’t just of interest to people who eat<br />

vegan. A lack of vitamin B12, iron or iodine is<br />

now an issue all over Europe,” explains Kirstin<br />

Knufmann. “Soils are exhausted and the search<br />

for high-quality food is becoming a problem.”<br />

Algae provide valuable proteins,<br />

vitamins and fatty acids, grow 10 to 30<br />

times more quickly than terrestrial plants, have<br />

a low nutrient intake and are long-lasting. They<br />

provide answers to many of the urgent questions<br />

regarding the climate, agriculture and<br />

feeding the world’s population. In animal feed,<br />

they can help reduce the use of antibiotics and<br />

are even being discussed as a supplier of fuel.<br />

“With my algae, I always have a solution.<br />

There’s just one problem: almost nobody<br />

knows”, explains biologist Jörg Ullmann. “And<br />

it’s no longer a matter of them being a source<br />

of hope for the future. Algae have already<br />

arrived.” Some 70 percent of all processed foods<br />

already contain algae. At the same time, they<br />


Facts<br />

Food and agriculture<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

100<br />

1.2<br />

Saxony-Anhalt has<br />

approximately 1.2 million<br />

hectares of land which<br />

is used agricultural<br />

purposes, around 85 percent<br />

of which is arable land.<br />

Klein Wanzleben is one<br />

of the oldest locations<br />

for sugar pro duction<br />

in Germany.<br />

Saxony Anhalt is home<br />

to soil of the highest quality.<br />

In many places, the maximum<br />

soil value of 100 is achieved.<br />

In the food industry,<br />

Saxony-Anhalt<br />

is home to 22,500<br />

companies with at<br />

least 20 employees.<br />

have been produced at the industrial level for 65<br />

years. Klötze is home to the first German algae<br />

farm, which remains one of the biggest in Europe<br />

to this day. Since 2004, it is mainly the micro<br />

algae Chlorella that has been cultivated here<br />

in a 500 kilometre long tube system made of<br />

glass. This saves space and energy and provides<br />

protection against contamination. Roquette<br />

Klötze GmbH also cultivates approximately 15<br />

other species of algae to order. A second plant in<br />

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has recently<br />

begun producing heat-loving Spirulina with the<br />

use of a completely new technology.<br />

“It would be a world’s first.<br />

We want to develop new products for<br />

supermarkets here and to manufacture<br />

and market these products locally.<br />

We also want to educate the public<br />

about what algae can do.”<br />


Jörg Ullmann has been working at the<br />

algae farm since 2004 and assumed<br />

management of the plant in Klötze in 2012.<br />

“We see ourselves here as a biomass producer,”<br />

says the expert for powders and pellets made<br />

from microalgae. “PureRaw, on the other hand,<br />

is closer to the end customer and knows what<br />

people want and what appeals to them best.”<br />

Together, Kirstin Knufmann and Jörg Ullman<br />

are able to develop healthy and popular products<br />

and market them successfully: “BOBEI”<br />

powder replaces the ingredients of butter and<br />

egg during baking. The instant drink mixture<br />

“Unicorn Magic” brings the natural blue<br />

colouring of the Spirulina algae with all of its<br />

valuable ingredients into the glass.<br />

Collaborations are also under way with other<br />

companies and much is in secret preparation.<br />

“We’ve got some cracking ideas in the pipeline,”<br />

says Ullmann, discussing the crunchy algae<br />

snack “Helga” and the organic drink of the<br />

same name, for example. There are also icecream<br />

mixes and algae noodles and they are<br />

also giving pastries a go. A fruit press adds the<br />

algae powder from Klötze to fruit juices, thereby<br />

covering the daily requirement for vitamin<br />

B12. And yet Knufmann and Ullmann are a long<br />

way from having had enough of algae. “We<br />

need more great, sexy products,” they say.<br />

They are both dreaming of their own<br />

research and competence centre in<br />

Klötze. With business partners and courageous<br />

start-ups, they want to concentrate expertise<br />

at the location. “It would be a world’s first.<br />

We want to develop new products for supermarkets<br />

here and to manufacture and market<br />



algomed.de<br />

kirstinknufmann.de<br />

pureraw.de<br />

these products locally. We also want to inform<br />

the public about the things that algae can do,”<br />

explains Kirstin Knufmann. On the internet,<br />

the young woman shows how algae can be<br />

prepared at home. The photographs were<br />

taken in her kitchen at home, which she now<br />

shares with Jörg Ullmann. The two cook, fry<br />

and dry algae. The age-old aquatic plants serve<br />

as vegetables, spices, gelling agents and flavour<br />

enhancers.<br />

There are thought to be some 400,000<br />

different species of algae in the world,<br />

and the research is still in its infancy. “It’s a<br />

treasure chest that we‘re only just opening,”<br />

says Ullmann. Together with his partner, he has<br />

build the foundation for the new competence<br />

centre. In 2018, they launched the AlgaeFood<br />

innovation forum, which lasted several months<br />

and included an international conference in<br />

Magdeburg. The search for additional business<br />

partners has therefore started. Multipliers<br />

such as chefs, bloggers and prominent brand<br />

ambassadors are also needed, however. “It’s<br />

good that Saxony-Anhalt has included algae in<br />

its lead market strategy,” says Ullmann. “Klötze<br />

could become the starting point for an entire<br />

industry.”<br />

When Kirstin Knufmann was looking for a new<br />

location for her company, she had also had<br />

Munich and Hamburg in mind. In Klötze, however,<br />

she didn’t just find cheaper storage and<br />

production space, but 18 employees, a house<br />

and a dog – and in Jörg Ullmann, a strong partner<br />

in both her professional and personal life.<br />

“We’ve had so many successes to toast,” she<br />

says happily. “But we haven’t found the time to<br />

go to the cinema in three years.”<br />



Free from those<br />

pangs of conscience<br />

Well-intentioned and wellmade<br />

chocolate that comes<br />

from Tangermünde<br />

Tangermünder Nährstange, Magde -<br />

burger Kugeln or Tanolo – the Stehwien<br />

confectionery is known for its exceptional<br />

regional specialities. It also has an eye on the<br />

trends of the future, however.<br />

The confectionery was founded in 1899 in Tangermünde,<br />

and remains family-owned to this<br />

day. Its owner, Olaf Stehwien, enjoys the opportunity<br />

to guide visitors through his modern<br />

production facility. He has nothing to hide, but<br />

a lot to show. In addition to its traditional products,<br />

the 20-strong team also serves the “Choc-<br />

Qlate” brand from the Munich-based company<br />

TrustFood GmbH and the nationwide market<br />

of the future: the fine virgin-cocoa-chocolates<br />

are vegan, organic and gluten and lactose-free.<br />

They are sweetened with coconut blossom and<br />

packed in compost-friendly wood foil.<br />

naehrstange.de, chocqlate.com<br />

A library<br />

of life<br />

The extensive gene bank in Gatersleben<br />

is essential for life<br />

Crunchy<br />

ideas<br />

The dried fruits from PÄX Food guarantee<br />

a natural taste<br />

The scientific work in Gatersleben is<br />

based on a green heart: the German<br />

Federal Ex-situ Gene Bank. As one of the<br />

world’s biggest and oldest institutions of<br />

its kind, it safeguards the genetic diversity<br />

of cultivated plants.<br />

In the gene bank at the Leibniz Institute for<br />

Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)<br />

in Gatersleben, some 151,002 samples from<br />

2,933 species and 776 genera are preserved and<br />

therefore made usable over the long term: with<br />

this collection, research also takes place into<br />

cultivated plants and their related wild species.<br />

The results of the research lead to a superior<br />

understanding of the plants and provide the<br />

basis for new species. Scientists use the Gene<br />

Bank Information System (GBIS) for their<br />

research.<br />

Dried fruits can sometimes sound like<br />

the kind of dry, soft food that you eat<br />

when you’re on a diet. PÄX Food serves them<br />

differently: the long-lasting fruits from Magdeburg<br />

are crunchy and brightly coloured, but<br />

retain almost all their vitamins.<br />

Neither baked, fried, nor freeze-dried: PÄX Food<br />

AG has developed an entirely new process for<br />

preserving fruit: The fruit is dried gently in<br />

a vacuum with the addition of heat. Neither<br />

sugar nor other additives are found in the ingredients.<br />

In the online shop, apple rings are on<br />

offer as well as exotic treats such as mulberry<br />

or physalis. Courgette, onions and beetroot are<br />

ideal for cooking. For healthy vegan cuisine at<br />

any time of the year or simply as a crispy snack<br />

in between meals.<br />

ipk-gatersleben.de<br />

paexfood.com<br />


Managing<br />

Director of<br />

EW Biotech,<br />

Dr. Joachim<br />

Schulze<br />

MARKET<br />




Small<br />

becomes<br />

large<br />

EW Biotech<br />


EW Biotech scales<br />

biotechnological<br />

processes in Leuna<br />

The chemical park in Leuna is a small<br />

world of its own. No one is allowed to<br />

drive on the premises without an identity card<br />

check and safety instructions. Inside, the traditional<br />

industrial area is linked together by a<br />

kilometre-long network of roads, rails, pipelines<br />

and power cables. More than 6,000 people<br />

work at the 1,300 hectare site – Leuna has<br />

made a name for itself in the chemical industry.<br />

One of the many companies based at the<br />

chemical park is EW Biotech GmbH. It is here<br />

that the leap from the laboratory to the<br />

industrial production is rehearsed. An American<br />

company, for instance, commissioned EW<br />

Biotech with the production of small quantities<br />

of 1.3-butylene glycol, which is used as a moisturiser<br />

in a variety of creams. “At our facility,<br />

we are able to scale any biotechnological<br />

process and bring it to industrial maturity. Our<br />

customers commission us with producing the<br />

initial tonnes of a substance. Only two or three<br />

companies in the world are able to do this. That<br />

makes us into a sought-after partner,” explains<br />

Managing Director Dr. Joachim Schulze, while<br />

representatives from an American start-up sit<br />

in the next room and negotiate future projects<br />

with the developers from Leuna. In addition to<br />

scaling and contract manufacturing, the EW<br />

Biotech facility also facilitates research and<br />



“There is a very<br />

interesting spectrum of<br />

chemical companies in<br />

Saxony-Anhalt and our<br />

collaboration is excellent.<br />

I’ve rarely experienced it<br />

in such complexity.”<br />


development work in the area of bio-based<br />

chemicals for cosmetics as well as food and<br />

feed additives.<br />

EW Biotech regularly attends international<br />

trade fairs with the objective of<br />

bringing customers to Leuna with their projects.<br />

The field of bio-economy is seeing steady<br />

growth.<br />

“In recent years, numerous start-ups have<br />

been set up in Germany and the USA that are<br />

genetically modifying bacteria, yeasts and<br />

fungi in the interests of being able to produce<br />

fine chemicals. That’s exactly where we come<br />

in: to test out what’s possible. At present,<br />

some 60 to 70 percent of American start-ups<br />

in the bio-economy are knocking on our door,”<br />

explains Managing Director Joachim Schulze.<br />

Before arriving in Leuna, Schulze, who hails<br />

from Dortmund, worked in research and development<br />

and as a manager in plant engineering,<br />

with his work seeing him travel the world. “I’m<br />

excited about this new technology and the innovative<br />

capability. The bio-economy has huge<br />

potential. Saxony-Anhalt has embarked on the<br />

right path in this area to be able to be a leading<br />

player worldwide. We are now on the threshold<br />

of introducing biotechnological methods into<br />

industry,” explains Schulze.<br />

EW Biotech currently has more than 30<br />

employees. Attracting experienced<br />

employees to this young industry is considered<br />

difficult. The area of training in this threshold<br />

technology needs to be significantly expanded.<br />

This is one of the reasons why Saxony-Anhalt<br />

has the BioEconomy cluster – a network of<br />

companies, research and educational institutions<br />

working closely together on a bio-based<br />

economy. In this way, value chains can be<br />

expanded and optimised on an efficient basis.<br />

The objective is to create a model region for the<br />

bio-economy throughout Germany and Europe.<br />

At present, more than 70 companies, research<br />

institutes and educational institutions are<br />

organised in the cluster.<br />

“We have the ideal conditions. The<br />

three biggest factories for sugar production<br />

in the world are in Saxony-Anhalt. In<br />

addition, the acceptance of the chemical industry<br />

in the region is also greater because there is<br />

a decades-long tradition here, which is a clear<br />

advantage.<br />


Facts<br />

Chemicals and the bio-economy<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

80,000 13,800<br />

The oldest material<br />

from Central Germany is<br />

80,000 years old – it was<br />

found in Königsaue near<br />

Aschersleben.<br />

One sixth of the total<br />

industrial turnover in the<br />

federal state of Saxony-<br />

Anhalt is generated by the<br />

chemicals industry.<br />

Saxony-Anhalt‘s<br />

chemical industry<br />

employs some 13,800<br />

people and has<br />

a turnover<br />

of approximately<br />

7.5 billion Euros.<br />

The federal state is home<br />

to five chemical parks:<br />

Bitterfeld-Wolfen Chemical<br />

Park, Leuna Chemicals Site,<br />

Dow Value Park Schkopau/<br />

Böhlen, Piesteritz Agro-<br />

Chemical Park as well as Zeitz<br />

Chemical and Industrial Park.<br />

All in all, the chemical companies in Saxony-<br />

Anhalt account for a very interesting spectrum<br />

and our collaboration is very good. I have rarely<br />

experienced this in such complexity,” says Joachim<br />

Schulze, who is also the Board Chairman<br />

of the BioEconomy cluster.<br />

Innovations have a strong tradition in<br />

Leuna. In 1916, Carl Bosch founded the<br />

history of the location for the chemicals sector<br />

with an ammonia plant on behalf of BASF. The<br />

far-sighted plans of the chemist helped Leuna<br />

to gain international renown.<br />

Following from the industrial introduction of<br />

ammonia synthesis, from 1923, methanol was<br />

produced for the first time on a global scale<br />

using the high-pressure process. At the end of<br />

the 1920s, the history of Leuna as a location for<br />

the mineral oil industry got under way with<br />

the development of lignite hydrogenation for<br />

the production of synthetic fuels. The year 1938<br />

marked a milestone in the history of the site: it<br />

was in Leuna that Caprolactam was synthesized<br />

to produce Perlon. Until the Second World War,<br />

the stronghold for technology developed into<br />

what was the biggest operational facility in<br />

the German chemical industry. One example of<br />

this is the world’s first production plant for the<br />

manufacturing of synthetic surfactants, which<br />

entered operations in 1942. Leuna also remained<br />

a synonym for chemicals after the Second<br />

World War. Today’s investors at the site benefit<br />

from the production that took place under the<br />

East German flag. The reputation of Leuna as an<br />

industrial region that pollutes the environment<br />

has long since been a thing of the past. In comparison<br />

with 1989, environmental pollution has<br />

been reduced by 95 percent, and more than 6.5<br />

billion Euros have been invested in the chemical<br />

site. The site has developed into a melting pot<br />

for international chemical companies, where<br />

French, American, Belgian and German businesses<br />

work closely together.<br />

ew-biotech.com<br />



Stable values<br />

The company C3 Technologies GmbH in<br />

Halle (Saale) uses environmentally-friendly<br />

composites without crude oil<br />

Is it possible to build better than<br />

mother nature? Natural materials are<br />

healthy and popular, but are frequently more<br />

expensive than conventional materials and<br />

demanding to use. The GreenTech company<br />

C3 Technologies is responding with environmentally-friendly<br />

composites.<br />

The high-tech materials which are made from<br />

regional, renewable raw materials optimise<br />

characteristics and costs while conserving<br />

valuable resources. They are stable, costef<br />

fective and do not require petroleum or<br />

high-performan ce processes. The solutions<br />

from Halle (Saale) also include the Nature-<br />

Composite panel construction element system<br />

with load-bearing function, which is unique<br />

worldwide. It can be used in the construction<br />

of multi-storey buildings. The C3 products are<br />

developed jointly with the Fraunhofer Institute<br />

for Microstructure of Materials and Systems<br />

IMWS.<br />

c3tec.de<br />

From straw to gold<br />

Global Bioenergies GmbH highlights<br />

alternatives for crude oil in Leuna.<br />

Isobutene is required for the production<br />

of fuel, solvents, rubber and acrylic glass.<br />

Isobutene requires petroleum – or sugar. At a<br />

demonstration plant in Leuna, researchers are<br />

looking for new approaches.<br />

Isobutene is a basic raw material for industry<br />

and is one of the most important petrochemical<br />

raw materials. The resource of oil is finite,<br />

however. The German-French company Global<br />

Bioenergies GmbH and the Fraunhofer Centre<br />

for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP<br />

are demonstrating a way out. In 2017, they built<br />

a pilot plant in which 100 tonnes of isobutene<br />

can be produced annually – thanks to the digestive<br />

processes of a micro-organism. It is based<br />

on renewable raw materials such as sugar beet<br />

and grain. To protect food, the researchers are<br />

also looking at by-products from agriculture<br />

and forestry, such as straw and wood. In the<br />

future, bio-kerosene is set to be produced from<br />

sugar in Leuna.<br />

global-bioenergies.com<br />

cbp.fraunhofer.de<br />


MARKET<br />




Putting<br />

it through<br />

its paces<br />

FEV Dauerlaufprüfzentrum<br />



FEV in Brehna tests<br />

engines 24 hours<br />

a day, 365 days a year.<br />

Hans-Dieter<br />

Sonntag,<br />

Managing<br />

Director of<br />

FEV Endurance<br />

Testing Centre<br />

On more than two dozen monitors,<br />

curves, columns of numbers and bar<br />

diagrams whirr. On the wall, clocks show the<br />

time in the USA, China and Japan. Engineers<br />

routinely click through process logs. In the<br />

control room of the FEV endurance test centre,<br />

you don’t just have a clear overview – you have<br />

a clear perspective.<br />

In the industrial park in Brehna, north east of<br />

Halle, automotive manufacturers from all over<br />

the world put their newly developed engines<br />

“through their paces” before they go into series<br />

production. In configured test cells, a wide<br />

variety of engines are tested for their durability<br />

and function using state-of-the-art measurement<br />

technology. From wear on individual<br />

components to oil or coolant consumption<br />

through to intake air, thousands of data are<br />

documented right down to the second, and<br />

transmitted to the development departments<br />

of car manufacturers.<br />

Hans-Dieter Sonntag is one of two Managing<br />

Directors at the FEV Endurance Test Centre. He<br />

sits in his office and looks out of the window<br />

at the vehicles passing by on the horizon on<br />

the A9 motorway. “Mechanics, technicians and<br />

engineers are on duty here around the clock.<br />

This creates a very high level of efficiency when<br />

completing the inspection tasks. We can also<br />

carry out evaluations, special measurements,<br />

error analyses and appropriate solutions at any<br />

time of the day or night and make them available<br />

to our customers,” explains Hans-Dieter<br />

Sonntag. This high efficiency as well as the 24-<br />

hour service are also the reason why automotive<br />

manufacturers no longer test their engines<br />

themselves, but hand them over to Brehna.<br />

Increasingly rapid model change cycles and the<br />

growing complexity of drive configurations are<br />

increasing the need for the technical securing<br />

of new ranges of engine.<br />

At the FEV Endurance Test Centre,<br />

all combustion engines as well as hybrids<br />

or straightforward electric vehicle drives<br />

can be tested. “It is currently difficult to predict<br />

the form of drive which will prevail in the fu-<br />


Facts<br />

Mobility and logistics<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

With 3,100 kilometres<br />

of track, Saxony-Anhalt<br />

has one of the most highly<br />

developed rail networks<br />

in the world.<br />

6<br />

6 academic departments<br />

at the universities<br />

in the federal state<br />

educate the logistics<br />

experts of tomorrow.<br />

Saxony-Anhalt has one of the<br />

most modern networks of waterways<br />

in Europe, with the Elbe, the Mittelland<br />

Canal, the Elbe-Havel Canal and<br />

the Water Crossing.<br />

ture. We assume that the various technologies<br />

will be developed on a simultaneous basis over<br />

the next ten years. We will naturally benefit<br />

from this multi-track approach”, explains<br />

Hans-Dieter Sonntag. For FEV in Brehna, that<br />

means growth. FEV has invested particularly<br />

strongly in the expansion of test benches for<br />

electric motors – the demand in this segment<br />

is huge.<br />

The company began in the year 2008<br />

with 80 employees, who were responsible<br />

for 31 engine and powertrain testing<br />

systems. The site now has 48 test benches<br />

“Here in the region, a mentality of<br />

getting things done prevails. You come<br />

up with an idea and you get going.<br />

That’s one of the main reasons why<br />

we’re at Brehna today.”<br />


and more than 200 employees. When the<br />

FEV Group, which is based in Aachen, was<br />

looking for a suitable location, Saxony-Anhalt<br />

convinced with its rapid, hands-on approach.<br />

“Here in the region, a mentality of getting<br />

things done prevails. You come up with an<br />

idea and you get going. That’s one of the main<br />

reasons why we’re at Brehna today. Due to<br />

time constraints, we were hard-pressed to<br />

be operational on schedule. The local authorities<br />

held a conference, and what we never<br />

thought was possible happened: we obtained<br />

the approval within a week,” recalls Managing<br />

Director Sonntag, who previously worked for<br />

the company for many years in Aachen. FEV has<br />

now invested 90 million Euros in the Brehna<br />

site and that’s not the end of the story. At<br />

present, there are plans to take the next step<br />

towards e-mobility at the site in <strong>2019</strong> – with up<br />

to 80 new jobs.<br />

To strengthen research and development<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt, FEV is part<br />

of the MAHREG Automotive cluster. This is a<br />

network to which some 170 companies and<br />

research institutions belong. The key task of<br />

network management is to strengthen the<br />

innovation and performance capabilities of regional<br />

suppliers. In addition to the developmental<br />

partnerships, there is an intensive transfer<br />

of knowledge and technology between the<br />

areas of science, service providers and manufacturers.<br />

FEV maintains a wide range of collab-<br />



orations with the universities of Saxony- Anhalt.<br />

The establishment of a “Centre for Method<br />

Development” together with the Otto-von-<br />

Guericke University Magdeburg is also planned,<br />

for instance. “It is set to become increasingly important<br />

to have good connections with colleges<br />

and universities. The objective is to make sure<br />

that university graduates stay on in Saxony-<br />

Anhalt. Business and science have to move<br />

closer together. Dual courses of study also need<br />

to be expanded with the objective of training<br />

people who are more than just theoreticians,”<br />

explains Hans-Dieter Sonntag.<br />

At the Endurance Test Centre in Brehna, many<br />

young engineers work different shifts. “It isn’t<br />

easy to find good employees these days. In<br />

addition to competitive pay, however, we also<br />

have other services, such as health management,<br />

a laundry service, fresh fruit and coffee<br />

and offer interesting jobs, which make us<br />

attractive. And that’s true, even though we are<br />

competing with Porsche and BMW in nearby<br />

Leipzig for well-trained specialists,” explains the<br />

Managing Director. FEV tries to offer employees<br />

who want to get out of their shift pattern<br />

an alternative in the interests of keeping them<br />

in the company. There is a department in which<br />

the engines are dismantled into their individual<br />

parts and photo-documented after the endurance<br />

test, for example.<br />

Hans-Dieter Sonntag’s office door opens a<br />

little and his assistant reminds him that boarding<br />

for his flight starts in just 30 minutes. And<br />

that’s another advantage of the Brehna location<br />

– Leipzig/Halle Airport is just 20 minutes<br />

away.<br />

fev-dlp.de<br />



Virtual visions<br />

Nericon supplies customised<br />

designs for automobiles<br />

For many people, their own car is a chic<br />

status symbol. At the same time, new<br />

solutions in terms of drive, performance and<br />

environmental protection are required in the<br />

shortest possible time frames. NERICON is<br />

responding with virtual visions and designing<br />

optimum solutions in 3D.<br />

The history of the company NERICON engineering<br />

& design GbR began with an efficient<br />

solar-powered car, which the students at Anhalt<br />

University developed with huge amounts<br />

The customers of tarakos include Volkswagen,<br />

Siemens and Nestle. The company provides<br />

them with software tools with which complex<br />

logistics and manufacturing processes can be<br />

planned and simulated on a virtual basis. This<br />

cost-effective and user-friendly 3D process visof<br />

enthusiasm. On the basis of this expertise,<br />

they created their own company in 2012.<br />

Since then, they have dedicated themselves<br />

to the car as a form of expression in Gardelegen.<br />

NERICON works for Volkswagen,<br />

Skoda and suppliers on customised designs<br />

and improves the construction of functional<br />

components inside and outside – from the<br />

rear apron, to the seat set through to the<br />

fittings.<br />

nericon.de<br />

Incredibly<br />

helpful<br />

Tarakos GmbH simulates logistics processes<br />

Good planning is half the battle:<br />

With the 3D software solutions from the<br />

Magdeburg company tarakos GmbH, costs to<br />

the value of billions are saved worldwide. The<br />

simulations determine whether and how production<br />

facilities and logistics centres are built.<br />

ualisation allows medium-sized businesses to<br />

plan more accurately, increase their production,<br />

increase their safety and reduce their energy<br />

costs. Tarakos is originally a spin-off of the<br />

Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and<br />

Automation IFF, and also cooperates with the<br />

University of Magdeburg.<br />

tarakos.de<br />


Dr. Chris<br />

Rehse,<br />

Managing<br />

Director and<br />

Co-Founder<br />

of the Start-up<br />

neotiv<br />

MARKET<br />


HEALTH<br />


A mental<br />

matter<br />

neotiv<br />


neotiv is taking<br />

its first steps towards<br />

the early detection<br />

of Alzheimer’s di sease<br />

with an app<br />

Concerns about Alzheimer’s disease are<br />

widespread, especially among older people.<br />

The brain disease is currently responsible<br />

for more than 60 percent of all cases of dementia.<br />

The loss of memory gradually worsens over<br />

several years until the sufferer is no longer able<br />

to respond to their environment.<br />

Software from the Magdeburg-based company<br />

neotiv is now giving hope that the disease can<br />

be detected at an early stage. “The symptoms<br />

that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease are still<br />

being detected too late. Today’s approaches<br />

to treatment only start when the damage is<br />

irreparable. With the use of our app, we want<br />

to change all that. Alzheimer’s usually begins<br />

10–15 years before the disease shows noticeable<br />

symptoms. It is necessary for this time<br />

frame to be used for the active prevention and<br />

approaches to treatment,” explains Dr. Chris<br />

Rehse, CEO and one of the four founders of the<br />

start-up company neotiv.<br />

The digital solution from the Magdeburg<br />

company comes in the form of<br />

playful memory tests. With the help of findings<br />

from the field of cognitive research, the tests<br />

carried out by the app focus on the memory<br />

functions affected by Alzheimer’s at an early<br />

stage. Over an extended period of time, specific<br />

memory performances are assessed on a regular<br />

basis so that changes can be determined.<br />



“Our location in Magdeburg<br />

is ideal for us. We have<br />

good links with the university<br />

management and are<br />

supported by the ministries<br />

in the federal state. The<br />

close cooperation with the<br />

university is indispensable,<br />

especially for spin-offs from<br />

the world of science and<br />

academic research.”<br />


At the start of the assessment period, a profile<br />

of the user is created in which risk factors<br />

such as high blood pressure or diabetes are<br />

recorded. While the intervals between the tests<br />

are relatively narrow at the beginning, they<br />

subsequently increase to two times a month.<br />

As it won’t just be possible to slow Alzheimer’s<br />

disease down in the future but it can also be influenced<br />

by lifestyle changes, the app provides<br />

advice on the modification of risk factors, such<br />

as diet or exercise behaviour. “Our app is a kind<br />

of blood pressure monitor for the brain. A oneoff<br />

test is always a snapshot which provides<br />

little information. It is only long-term monitoring<br />

which can support the diagnostic conclusions<br />

in a meaningful way. We want to use<br />

the software to provide doctors with a source<br />

of help, because the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s<br />

often involves uncertainty and many patients<br />

fall through the cracks,” explains Chris Rehse.<br />

To prevent the possible misuse of sensitive<br />

data, there is a sophisticated data protection<br />

concept. Although anyone can download the<br />

app, only a specially chosen research institution<br />

is authorised to evaluate the personal data.<br />

Despite this, however, due to an anonymisation<br />

procedure within the app, neotiv is not able to<br />

connect the collected data with the names of<br />

the users at any point in time.<br />

At present, the use of the app is still<br />

being researched, and is currently being<br />

used by a few hundred people in the USA and<br />

Sweden, for example. Furthermore, at the<br />

beginning of <strong>2019</strong>, neotiv launched a citizen<br />

research project together with the German<br />

Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)<br />

and Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.<br />

In this respect, citizens actively contribute to<br />

a superior understanding of the influence of<br />

certain lifestyle factors, such as sleep or stress,<br />

on memory function. According to Chris Rehse,<br />

the digital biomarkers developed by neotiv are<br />

set to become the standard in international<br />

dementia diagnostics and therapy in the future.<br />

The objective is to integrate the neotiv app into<br />

the general care system.<br />

“Right now, we still have a lot of educational<br />

work to do. Alzheimer’s disease is subject to a<br />

strong stigma. We would therefore like to contribute<br />

to clarifying the possibilities for prevention<br />

and developing new methods of therapy”,<br />

explains the Managing Director of neotiv.<br />

As a spin-off from the University of<br />

Magdeburg, neotiv has direct access to<br />

the world of science. Its close collaboration with<br />

the Institute for Cognitive Neurology and Dementia<br />

Research (IKND) there and its cooperation<br />

with the DZNE have enabled neotiv to draw<br />

on the support of two internationally acknowledged<br />

research institutions, both of which are<br />

based in the capital of the federal state.<br />

“Our location in Magdeburg is ideal for us. We<br />

have excellent links with the university management<br />

and are supported by the ministries in<br />


Facts<br />

Health and medicine<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

Saxony-Anhalt has an excellent pool of qualified<br />

workers, with more than 55,000 students at 10<br />

universities and colleges, and a large number of<br />

interdisciplinary courses such as biotechnology<br />

and medical technology.<br />

1863<br />

In 1863, the University<br />

Hospital in Magdeburg<br />

became home to the first<br />

operating theatre with<br />

washable surfaces in Europe.<br />

Approximately 1,000<br />

people are currently<br />

conducting research in the<br />

field of red biotechnology<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt.<br />

the federal state. In the case of spin-offs from<br />

the world of science and academic research, a<br />

high degree of integration with the university<br />

is indispensable,” explains industrial engineer<br />

Rehse. The proximity to research is also an advantage<br />

in terms of the search for suitable employees.<br />

Some employees at neotiv previously<br />

worked on the memory app as junior research<br />

assistants during their degree courses.<br />

The 18-strong neotiv team is international and<br />

interdisciplinary: some of the employees are<br />

from France while others are from Venezuela.<br />

“We cultivate a very open and cooperative<br />

corporate culture here. Every employee has to<br />

be able to represent the company and is an<br />

ambassador to the outside world,” highlights<br />

Chris Rehse. The start-up recently left its offices<br />

on the campus of Magdeburg University and<br />

moved to Magdeburg city centre.<br />

Chris Rehse originally learned about<br />

what it means to start a new business<br />

when he was working at Stanford University in<br />

the USA. “Compared with Germany, the concept<br />

of founding a business is far more a matter<br />

of course, including the possibility of, and<br />

how to deal with, failure. Start-ups are also able<br />

to obtain venture capital much more quickly.<br />

If you have a vision and a business idea, you<br />

just get going. This means that spin-offs from<br />

the world of science and academic research in<br />

particular have better access to the healthcare<br />

system, and can ultimately offer patients faster<br />

access to validated solutions for diagnostics,<br />

prevention and treatment.”<br />

There is certainly no lack of ideas and visions at<br />

neotiv. “Due to demographic trends, Saxony-<br />

Anhalt is home to large numbers of older<br />

people, so it would be a good sign if a strong<br />

solution to fight Alzheimer’s could be launched<br />

from Magdeburg,” explains Chris Rehse.<br />

gedächtnis-erforschen.de<br />



Healing<br />

at the top<br />

Vaccines from IDT Biologika GmbH<br />

save lives<br />

Biotechnology is a key global technology<br />

for the 21 st century – 1,900 employees<br />

have long agreed on this. Dessau-Roßlau has<br />

been researching vaccines and diseases for<br />

95 years.<br />

Thanks to the products of IDT Biologika GmbH,<br />

rabies has been eradicated in Germany, and also<br />

the first live salmonella vaccine for chickens was<br />

developed in Dessau. There are subsidiaries in<br />

China, the USA and several European countries.<br />

Up to 60 million injection bottles can be pro-<br />

duced each year in a new production hall<br />

in Dessau. This means that IDT Biologika<br />

is prepared for emergencies and makes<br />

an important contribution to human and<br />

animal health.<br />

idt-biologika.com<br />

Human<br />

technology<br />

MediGlove wants to revolutionise<br />

examinations<br />

“Help for your bones”<br />

that’s newly spun<br />

A fleece made from collagen supports the<br />

healing of the body cells<br />

mediglove.de<br />

What happens when designers,<br />

technicians and programmers get together<br />

and consider the topic of making medical<br />

examinations more humane? MediGlove<br />

is developing an intelligent glove which could<br />

revolutionise medical examinations.<br />

Time pressure, orientation to costs and high<br />

numbers of patients mean that medical examinations<br />

can be a little like being on a conveyor<br />

belt. MediGlove aims to alleviate the stress<br />

on both sides: during the application of the<br />

hands, cutting-edge sensor technology records<br />

the desired measurement data. The data is<br />

transmitted directly to a central location via<br />

Bluetooth and prepared on a transparent basis<br />

for both physicians and patients. The workload<br />

is reduced. What remains is more time for the<br />

human encounter.<br />

A breakthrough in regenerative<br />

medicine: at the Fraunhofer Institute<br />

for Microstructures of Materials and Systems<br />

IMWS, using the electrospinning process, the<br />

company SpinPlant GmbH has developed a<br />

new type of fleece made from native collagen.<br />

It is three-dimensional as well as nano- and<br />

micro-porous.<br />

The protein of collagen is one of the basic<br />

building blocks of the body. Despite the<br />

complicated technical process, the fleece from<br />

SpinPlant GmbH retains the natural properties<br />

of the structural protein: it has a regenerative<br />

effect and stimulates the biosynthesis of the<br />

surrounding cells. This helps, for example,<br />

with bone growth, the healing of wounds and<br />

cartilage regeneration. Spinplant manufactures<br />

the platform product SpinBase and the bone<br />

filling material SpinFill at its Halle (Saale)<br />

location.<br />

spinplant.de<br />


MARKET<br />


ENERGY,<br />






Mechanical<br />

engineering<br />

in the DNA<br />

INTEB-M<br />



Inteb-M Holding<br />

focuses on the<br />

global markets<br />

Felix<br />

von Nathusius,<br />

Managing Partner<br />

of INTEB-M<br />

When Felix of Nathusius thinks into the<br />

future, he also has a piece of the past in<br />

mind. “Magdeburg is home to a historical sense<br />

of enthusiasm for mechanical engineering,” explains<br />

Nathusius. In this respect, he recalls the<br />

times when, driven by companies such as Polte,<br />

Wolf and Gruson, Magdeburg was the top location<br />

in Germany for mechanical engineering<br />

and had a worldwide reputation. The history<br />

of the Nathusius family is also closely linked to<br />

the industrialisation of the Magdeburg region:<br />

Johann Gottlob Nathusius founded one of the<br />

first industrial groups in Germany at the beginning<br />

of the 19 th century.<br />

“Unfortunately, Magdeburg is no longer on the<br />

global map for mechanical engineering these<br />

days. Despite this, mechanical engineering has<br />

left an incredible amount of DNA behind. It<br />

isn’t dead, it isn’t gone and it certainly can’t<br />

be ignored,” says Nathusius with a sense of<br />

conviction.<br />

Felix von Nathusius and his business<br />

partner Karl-Thomas Klingebiel want<br />

to tap into that successful era of mechanical<br />

engineering. With Inteb-M, the holding company<br />

which was founded in 2017, they have a<br />

vision of revitalising mechanical engineering in<br />

the state capital and establishing it on a global<br />

basis. The holding company brings together<br />

industrial and technology holdings from the<br />

mechanical engineering sector and develops<br />

them further in the form of a network. Inteb-M<br />

initially acquired the mineral casting specialist<br />

IZM Polycast, which uses an intelligent material<br />

to cast components for the European market.<br />

IZM also develops solutions for measurement<br />

and medical technology, however. This was<br />

followed by the holding in the machine tool<br />


“Saxony-Anhalt has excellent<br />

project and network funding, and<br />

the distances to the decision-makers<br />

in the worlds of administration<br />

and politics are short.”<br />


manufacturer H&B Omega, with extensive<br />

expertise in friction welding technologies. The<br />

most recent addition to the network is Symacon,<br />

where special machines are developed for<br />

the automation of assembly and manufacturing<br />

processes.<br />

Currently, Inteb-M remains in the initial<br />

phase. “At present, some of the region’s<br />

engineering companies are on the cusp of the<br />

next generation and need to reposition themselves.<br />

This is where we envisage our opportunity<br />

for further targeted acquisitions to exist.<br />

As an internationally competitive machine<br />

tool manufacturer, we require a whole range<br />

of competencies and organisational enhancement,<br />

but it is also necessary for us to grow on<br />

an organic basis,” explains Felix von Nathusius.<br />

The conditions for the plans of Inteb-M in<br />

Saxony-Anhalt are favourable. Several joint<br />

research and development projects are up<br />

and running with colleges and universities<br />

in the federal state, resulting in the earlystage<br />

participation of well-trained engineers.<br />

“Saxony-Anhalt has excellent project and<br />

network funding and the paths to the decision-makers<br />

in the areas of administration<br />

and politics are short,” says the entrepreneur<br />

Nathusius with praise.<br />

inteb-m.de<br />



Creating space<br />

for innovations<br />

Ceterum<br />


Facts<br />

Energy, mechanical and plant engineering,<br />

resource efficiency in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

2,500<br />

Almost 30 percent of all companies in the<br />

manufacturing industry in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

operate in the field of mechanical engineering<br />

and in the manufacturing and production<br />

of metal products and metalworking.<br />

At least 2,500 engineers<br />

are trained and educated<br />

at the universities in<br />

Saxony-Anhalt every year.<br />

Businesses benefit from<br />

the mechanical engineering<br />

research landscape in the<br />

federal state.<br />

Krebs&Aulich develops and constructs<br />

highly innovative electric drives in<br />

Wernigerode, Magdeburg and Shanghai. In<br />

cooperation with the American NASA and the<br />

German Aerospace Center, for example, the<br />

company developed the drive for an infra-red<br />

stratospheric telescope which is installed in a<br />

Boeing 747 (SOFIA). The infra-red images from<br />

space provide new insights into the birth of<br />

stars and the formation of galaxies.<br />

FAM conveyors and<br />

systems are appreciated<br />

worldwide for their high<br />

quality<br />

The key objective of Ceterum Holding<br />

is to give companies support and<br />

boost their innovative strength. The Wernigerode-based<br />

company currently has investments<br />

in 18 companies, including FAM Magdeburger<br />

Förderanlagen und Baumaschinen<br />

GmbH and Krebs&Aulich in Saxony-Anhalt, a<br />

specialist machine manufacturer for electric<br />

motors. The conveyors and systems from the<br />

traditional company FAM are valued for their<br />

high quality and are used in 80 countries. FAM,<br />

with more than 1,400 employees, is represented<br />

on all continents.<br />

“The companies based here should present<br />

their successes with greater impetus the outside<br />

world. Saxony-Anhalt has nothing to hide<br />

as a business location and it should put itself<br />

across much more self-confidently,” explains<br />

Clemens Aulich, Managing Partner of Ceterum<br />

Holing.<br />

To be well prepared for the future,<br />

the university landscape in the federal<br />

state should be further strengthened. In his<br />

opinion, the dual system of study in particular<br />

needs to be given a clearer focus. “It is important<br />

to strike a balance between science and<br />

working at the practical level among graduates,”<br />

says the Managing Director. Aulich<br />

looks at the increasing bureaucratic rules and<br />

regulations, which often slow decisions down,<br />

with criticism. “To be able to compete at the<br />

international level, we require more space for<br />

innovation.”<br />

ceterum-holding.com<br />


Peter<br />

Ledermann,<br />

founder and<br />

chairman<br />

of Mercateo<br />

Germany AG<br />

MARKET<br />





IKT<br />

Give<br />

it a go<br />

mercateo<br />


An online marketplace<br />

for special<br />

requirements is<br />

growing in Köthen<br />

“Have the confidence to give it a go!”<br />

should be Peter Ledermann’s favourite<br />

saying. With his online marketplace mercateo,<br />

he initially jumped into cold water – and went<br />

under for a while. In Köthen, the visionary and<br />

his company made a brand new appearance.<br />

The story of a virally-scaling system began.<br />

Peter Ledermann has a degree in business administration.<br />

When he talks, he drops numbers<br />

regularly: over 250 million Euros in turnover<br />

per year, 23 million items in the system, 1.4<br />

million business customers ... figures that make<br />

one proud. They don’t seem to impress him so<br />

much, however. “You won’t believe my ideas<br />

for the future,” he says, before smiling in his<br />

friendly way.<br />

The Chief Executive of the mercateo Group<br />

looks more like a friendly neighbour than the<br />

decision-maker at a company which has more<br />

than 520 employees at three locations in Germany<br />

and 13 branches in Europe. The heart of<br />

mercateo beats in Köthen town centre. Here,<br />

some 250 women and men work in the areas of<br />

sales, IT development, accounting and customer<br />

care to make buyers and salespeople from all<br />

over Europe happy. That’s because mercateo is<br />

an online marketplace for business customers.<br />



“I wasn’t just brave.<br />

I was also naive.”<br />


The procurement platform makes work<br />

considerably easier for accountants,<br />

purchasers and decision makers. It enters in<br />

where many people despair: when searching<br />

for specialist products which are only required<br />

in exceptional cases. These cost those responsible<br />

a lot of time, money and nerves in their<br />

day-to-day business and can make the accounting<br />

outlay explode.<br />

Yet the growth rates of a company that<br />

has solutions at the ready can also explode.<br />

“I wasn’t just brave. I was also naive,” says<br />

Ledermann with honesty when talking about<br />

the early days. The company mercateo was<br />

founded in Munich in 1999 and was taken<br />

over by an investor one year later. It was then<br />

that Ledermann joined in.<br />

He and his business partner, Dr. Sebastian<br />

Wieser, were convinced of their idea and did a<br />

little rebuilding: “We believe in a virally-scaling<br />

system.” However, the investor didn’t believe<br />

in such a system. After all, in the beginning, it<br />

wasn’t the case that everything ran smoothly<br />

in the online marketplace. Despite this, the pair<br />

put profitable areas of business on hold in favour<br />

of their ailing favourite. They jumped into<br />

the cold water and did their own thing. It was<br />

a time of uncertainty. The duo had to let many<br />

employees go and Ledermann also became a<br />

father for the second time.<br />

The origins were in Munich. It was in<br />

Köthen, however, that the two entrepreneurs<br />

made a fresh start in the year 2004,<br />

as they received start-up aid for their expensive<br />

staff costs. The first job interviews were<br />

held on Ash Wednesday in the local employment<br />

office of the carnival town of Köthen. A<br />

much-needed accountant pulled out at short<br />

notice, fearing the company was a fly-by-night.<br />

A student, who had only wanted to apply to a<br />

business in which to write his masters’ thesis,<br />

was appointed without further ado and<br />

experienced his baptism of fire with the annual<br />

financial report. He still works for mercateo<br />

today. Ledermann is proud of its employees,<br />

who have remained loyal for many years. And<br />

they are great in number. This could be because<br />

it’s the people in this company who are seen as<br />

the real capital.<br />

As an intermediary, mercateo provides an<br />

exceptionally wide range of products on its<br />

platform without having its own warehouse.<br />

<strong>Special</strong>ly programmed intelligent search<br />

filters allow customers to fulfil their specialist<br />

requests quickly and easily, while at the same<br />

time offering users attractive conditions with<br />


Facts<br />

Information and communications technology<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

500<br />

The universities in<br />

the federal state educate<br />

more than 3,500 students<br />

in IT-specific courses.<br />

More than 500 IT companies<br />

have chosen to make<br />

Saxony-Anhalt their home.<br />

More than 14,000 people are<br />

currently employed in the<br />

IT sector in Saxony-Anhalt.<br />

different suppliers. The software also feeds<br />

back the purchasing decision of the customer<br />

to the individual vendors, and suggests improvements.<br />

The history of the mercateo offices are<br />

also as exciting as that of the company<br />

itself: a former department store and the<br />

erstwhile Heimatmuseum (Museum of Local<br />

History) are now home to welcoming and well<br />

thought-out workplaces to which the term<br />

“office” simply doesn’t do justice. The history<br />

of the buildings shines through everywhere<br />

and the atmosphere seems relaxed. Decisions<br />

are consistently taken by the person who<br />

encounters the problem. The employees are on<br />

informal terms with their boss, they recall the<br />

company parties and talk about the day-to-day<br />

business easily.<br />

Peter Ledermann doesn’t have any time for<br />

formalities or over-the-top politeness. Problems<br />

come and problems go. He only wears a suit<br />

when forced to, and prefers to roll up his shirt<br />

sleeves. Ledermann is a doer, and with what<br />

he does, he isn’t just likely to be popular with<br />

his own employees. Mercateo also enables<br />

smaller companies which don’t have their own<br />

IT infrastructure to establish a large number<br />

of business contacts. At the same time, for all<br />

of the goods ordered on the platform, it is the<br />

only creditor to be reflected in the budget. One<br />

dealer for everything and for all. In the meantime,<br />

with “mercateo unite”, another business<br />

model has come into existence: a network into<br />

which customers also bring their regular suppliers<br />

and framework agreements. They don’t just<br />

purchase directly at mercateo, they also use<br />

the platform as an online system for all their<br />

delivery transactions.<br />

The group of companies is expanding<br />

virally and the sales figures are growing<br />

explosively – from just seven million in<br />

2004 to the current 250 million. No limits are<br />

in sight, and new ideas for further adaptations<br />

are already in the pipeline: just as Ledermann<br />

dreamed that things would turn out.<br />

unite.eu<br />

mercateo.com/corporate<br />




The user friends<br />

With the agency UCD+,<br />

you are intuitively right<br />

The customer is king. UCD+ is taking<br />

this principle into completely new<br />

dimensions. The Magdeburg-based design<br />

agency places the user of an application at the<br />

centre of every consideration – and is giving<br />

medium-sized businesses a starting boost for<br />

the digital revolution.<br />

“Usability” and “User Experience” are among<br />

the most important buzzwords at UCD+:<br />

the 14-strong team has specialised on the<br />

interface between people and hardware. It<br />

conceptualises, designs and develops intuitive<br />

user interfaces – from machine control, to<br />

software for measuring instruments through<br />

to websites and mobile apps. Always in view:<br />

the user’s requirements for the respective application.<br />

The result is digital products which<br />

are faster, easier to use and work just as the<br />

user expects. From agricultural machinery to<br />

the control of production lines – the variety of<br />

industries and products that UCD+ has successfully<br />

accompanied into the digital future<br />

is considerable.<br />

ucdplus.com<br />

Know<br />

the ropes<br />

INABE navigates unerringly<br />

through interiors<br />

Florian Thürkow,<br />

Managing Director<br />

of INABE UG<br />

It’s easy to get lost in airports and<br />

other complex buildings. GPS isn’t<br />

available for navigation and wifi is very<br />

expensive for the operators. The company<br />

INABE responds with Bluetooth.<br />

“Beacons” are signal transmitters with which<br />

smartphones can exchange information about<br />

their own location with every standard operating<br />

system. This technology is used by the<br />

team of the Halle-based company INABE. It<br />

has developed a navigation software package<br />

for complex buildings which is used for the<br />

purposes of orientation at airports and trade<br />

shows, in hospitals, in zoos and at amusement<br />

parks. The system can also evaluate the data<br />

streams that are obtained anonymously and<br />

create motion profiles. What paths do people<br />

take, where do they stop? Supermarkets know<br />

where their goods attract the most attention,<br />

and in the museum, the smartphone is able to<br />

automatically display information about each<br />

exhibit.<br />

inabe.de<br />


MARKET<br />




An incubator for<br />

creative people<br />

Designhaus Halle<br />



The Halle Designhaus<br />

helps start-ups<br />

with their initial steps<br />

Simon<br />

Santschi,<br />

project<br />

manager of<br />

the “Burg<br />

gründet”<br />

initiative<br />

A sewing machine rattles in the room<br />

with the number 003. Rolls of fabric,<br />

dresses, needles, jackets, buttons, scissors,<br />

drawings and photos with designs – Alexandra<br />

Börner’s studio is teeming with sewing boxes.<br />

The multi-media fashion designer recently flew<br />

back to Halle from the USA.<br />

Her works alternate between fashion and<br />

performance. These include dance productions<br />

such as “Cry Up” by Nina McNeely or an opera<br />

at the Red Cat Theater in Los Angeles for which<br />

she is creating the costume. She also worked<br />

on the music video “free drink ticket” by the<br />

Canadian electroclash singer Peaches, however.<br />

“It is here that I find the peace and quiet for<br />

my ideas. I can also use the workshops, which<br />

is a great advantage,” explains Alexandra<br />

Börner. She is one of currently 30 tenants in<br />

the Designhaus, the business incubator at Burg<br />

Giebichenstein Art Academy in Halle.<br />

The stately home which is situated on Peißnitz<br />

Island is akin to a labyrinth inside. Crooked<br />

corridors and stairs run through the building like<br />

a network of veins. Simon Santschi has a good<br />

overview of this labyrinth. Santschi, who hails<br />

from Switzerland, is the project manager of the<br />

“Burg gründet!” initiative. Before relocating to<br />

Halle, the communications designer had previously<br />

worked for a start-up initiative in Lucerne.<br />

“I was tempted by the idea of a business incubator<br />

for creative people at an art school. After<br />

all, Giebichenstein is also a well-known name in<br />

Switzerland,” explains Simon Santschi.<br />

The direct link between the art school<br />

and business incubator is unique in<br />

Ger many. “The creative industry is a very broad<br />

concept. When it comes to networks, we<br />

there fore have to focus on sub-sectors such as<br />


Facts<br />

Creative industries<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

300<br />

20 courses of study in<br />

design and art are on offer<br />

at Burg Giebichenstein<br />

Kunsthochschule Halle.<br />

More than 300 creative<br />

companies from<br />

Saxony-Anhalt have<br />

registered in the database<br />

at www.kreativsachsen-anhalt.de.<br />

7 universities in Saxony-<br />

Anhalt offer courses of<br />

study with creative content.<br />

With the “BESTFORM”<br />

competition, the state of<br />

Saxony-Anhalt raises the<br />

profile of the important<br />

“raw material” of creativity<br />

and promotes the industry.<br />

“Most of the founders who started<br />

out in the Designhaus stay in the<br />

region because they have established<br />

themselves well and don’t want to<br />

give up their locational advantage.”<br />


gaming, fashion or communication design, because<br />

each sector has its own specific topics,”<br />

explains Santschi.<br />

The Designhaus organises lectures<br />

and workshops on topics such as accounting,<br />

taxes and law that are customised<br />

to the needs of creative people, in a variety of<br />

formats. “Creative people tend to be good at<br />

things like networking and presenting, these<br />

are areas in which the entrepreneurs don’t<br />

have so much catching up to do. One of the key<br />

topics is understanding the market, i.e. how do<br />

I position myself with my product or service,”<br />

says the project manager. The tenant of the<br />

Designhaus CALYRA has successfully found its<br />

market niche in the service sector for musicians.<br />

The music publisher represents artists<br />

from the entertainment industry in commercial<br />

and legal matters and manages the management,<br />

booking and promotion. “In the Designhaus<br />

there is a cool and creative environment in<br />

which we have been able to develop successfully,”<br />

explains the Managing Director of CALYRA<br />

Alexander Wolff, who will soon have to look for<br />

bigger offices in Halle with his team.<br />

“Most of the founders who started out<br />

in the Designhaus stag in the region<br />

because they have established themselves<br />

well and don’t want to give up their locational<br />

advantage,” explains Simon Santschi. The team<br />

of the “Freiraumgalerie – Kollektiv für Raumentwicklung”<br />

(Open space gallery – collective<br />

for spatial development) is also firmly rooted<br />

in Halle. The five young urban planners and<br />

educators work in a spacious and stylishly<br />

furnished office on the ground floor of the<br />

Designhaus. The planning office is dedicated to<br />

creative urban development and the reconfiguration<br />

of urban spaces. In this respect, the team<br />

mainly implements large-scale murals, educational<br />

offerings and citizen participation processes.<br />

For Halle-Freiimfelde, for example, a district<br />

that nestles between the railway station<br />

and the industrial area with little greenery and<br />

a lots of vacant space, they have successfully<br />

implemented a neighbourhood concept which<br />

has seen a noticeable fall in the vacancy rate.<br />

“We benefit hugely from the creative spirit in<br />



“The desire to become self-employed<br />

is also very pronounced among graduates<br />

of creative study courses. The freedom to<br />

do one’s own thing is associated closely with<br />

independence. There are also many graduates<br />

who want to have a look around an agency,<br />

however. That’s where the idea of self-employment<br />

comes from after the first few years<br />

in the job, when you know how it works,”<br />

Santschi explains.<br />

designhaus-halle.de<br />

alexandraboerner.com<br />

calyra.de<br />

freiraumgalerie.com<br />

ratking.de<br />

the Designhaus. In our projects, we are heavily<br />

dependent on the cooperation of artists,” says<br />

Philipp Kienast of the Freiraumgalerie.<br />

Although the business incubator is mainly<br />

intended for graduates of the art college,<br />

other creative people can also apply for an<br />

office in the design house. When allocating<br />

the space, however, care is taken to ensure<br />

that the business idea has potential and that<br />

a mix of creative industries is represented in<br />

the building. The maximum length of stay<br />

for the entrepreneurs is five years – in this<br />

period the young creative professionals only<br />

have to pay a very low and staggered rent.<br />

Jana Reinhardt and Friedrich Hanisch also took<br />

the plunge into self-employment immediately<br />

subsequent to their studies. The multimedia<br />

designers launched the computer game studio<br />

RAT KING and have made a name for themselves<br />

with computer games such as “TRI:<br />

Of Friendship and Madness” in which playful<br />

freedoms are combined with crazy characters.<br />

“From the game idea through to the marketing,<br />

we offer the complete package. At the same<br />

time, we try to secure a mixture of our own<br />

projects and contract work. We have great<br />

companies in the games sector here in Saxony-<br />

Anhalt, but we don’t get the same amount of<br />

attention as the companies in Berlin or Hamburg.<br />

The Designhaus can help bring people<br />

together.”<br />

To ensure that not only a creative but also a<br />

community spirit prevails, meals are regularly<br />

eaten together and an exhibition takes place<br />

once a year. “That means all of the residents<br />

know what is created here in the house,” says<br />

Simon Santschi.<br />



Visionary<br />

cerebral acrobats<br />

The designers behind prefrontal<br />

cortex are virtual virtuosos<br />

People require visions. The recentlyfounded<br />

agency prefrontal cortex<br />

in Halle (Saale) delivers them to order: the designers<br />

and programmers think marketing and<br />

entertainment in completely new dimensions.<br />

The way in which we perceive our surroundings<br />

and adapt our actions to them is determined by<br />

part of the cerebral cortex: the prefrontal cortex.<br />

The cerebral acrobats behind “prefrontal<br />

cortex” have specialised on innovative applications<br />

and interaction concepts in the field of<br />

virtual and augmented reality. Its references<br />

include a room-filling, interactive water specta-<br />

cle in the lobby of Intel headquarters in Silicon<br />

Valley and the AR visualisation of an archaeological<br />

excavation site. The Halle-based business<br />

offers everything from one single source:<br />

planning, concept, design, development. With<br />

considerable joy in experimentation, they find<br />

their ideas in the interplay between science<br />

and art.<br />

prefrontalcortex.de<br />

Out of nowhere<br />

The company a&m creative services<br />

creates photos from design data<br />

A product can be shown on a realistic<br />

basis and in all of its possible variations<br />

without actually existing. With the pictures<br />

from a&m creative services, businesses advertise<br />

before production.<br />

Digitalisation wasn’t a familiar term when<br />

Karsten Angermann and Alexander Michaelis<br />

began visualising things on their computers in<br />

2002. With the “Computer Generated Imagery”<br />

(CGI) process, they create realistic photographic<br />

images and animations using CAD data. This<br />

data arises during the construction or design<br />

process of products anyway. Businesses advertise<br />

with the image material from Halle (Saale),<br />

even though the real product is yet to exist.<br />

This saves money and resources – a tangible<br />

added value of digitalisation.<br />

The customers of a&m creative services include<br />

automotive manufacturers and mechanical<br />

engineers as well as architects, agencies<br />

and businesses in the entertainment industry.<br />

In addition to creating image material for advertising<br />

campaigns, brochures and trade fairs,<br />

the Halle-based company is, above all else, an<br />

expert for configuration tools.<br />

am-cs.de<br />


Dr. Petra Göring,<br />

co-founder of<br />

SmartMembranes<br />

MARKET<br />


KEY<br />


Success<br />

that’s down<br />

to the tiniest<br />

detail<br />

SmartMembranes<br />


SmartMembranes<br />

launches nano-membranes<br />

onto the world market<br />

The history of SmartMembranes began<br />

with a workshop at which the two<br />

founders met. That is now more than ten years<br />

ago. At the time, Petra Göring was conducting<br />

research at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure<br />

Physics in Halle, and Monika Lelonek<br />

was working at the University of Münster. The<br />

“nano4women & Entrepreneurship” workshop<br />

was oriented to young female scientists, to<br />

teach them how to draw up a business plan.<br />

“My then boss told me to sign up for the workshop.<br />

At that time, far fewer women from the<br />

world of science and academia started businesses<br />

than today,” recalls Petra Göring. Today,<br />

she is sitting at her desk at her company in the<br />

Weinberg Campus Technology Park. Monika<br />

Lelonek’s desk is opposite her. In a male-dominated<br />

field like nanotechnology, a business<br />

which is led by two women remains something<br />

of a small sensation.<br />

The past ten years have been a turbulent<br />

and instructive time for both of them.<br />

Despite this, their plan has worked out: Smart-<br />

Membranes is the world‘s leading manufacturer<br />

of porous, highly ordered materials made<br />

from aluminium oxide and silicon. At the time,<br />

the porous membranes with nano-sized air<br />



“Here in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

we have the necessary<br />

infrastructure and a closeknit<br />

network with local<br />

research institutions, such as<br />

the Fraunhofer Institute for<br />

Microstructure of Materials<br />

and Systems IMWS and<br />

Martin Luther University.<br />

After setting up here,<br />

we were able to get started<br />

straight away.”<br />


holes that are manufactured by the company<br />

were so innovative that potential customers<br />

first had to be told that they existed.<br />

The membranes are characterised by<br />

their highly ordered structure and a narrow<br />

distribution of the pore diameters. Structural<br />

parameters such as the pore size, lattice<br />

constant, porosity or membrane thickness can<br />

be made at the nanometre level according to<br />

customer requirements.<br />

Whether it is the filtration, sensor technology<br />

or diagnostics: the possible applications of the<br />

tiny structures are almost unlimited. on the one<br />

hand, the membranes are able to filter gases<br />

and liquids, but they can also serve as a protective<br />

membrane against impurities such as<br />

bacteria, dust or viruses. Aluminium oxide and<br />

silicon are also implantable and bio-compatible.<br />

“In the beginning, we often asked ourselves<br />

whether there was a market for our products at<br />

all. We had to convince a lot of people, especially<br />

since our product isn’t cheap, although it is<br />

smaller, faster and more sensitive. From the very<br />

beginning, we have focused on international<br />

applications, as the developments in this field<br />

mainly come from the USA and Asia,” explains<br />

Göring, who has a doctorate in chemistry.<br />

The two scientists made their products known<br />

at trade fairs and won over sales partners who<br />

forged contacts with other start-up companies<br />

in Japan and Korea or the USA. The German and<br />

European market continues to play a secondary<br />

role for SmartMembranes. “Unfortunately,<br />

local companies are very reluctant to outsource<br />

their research and development projects. We<br />

did it, however. We have now passed the critical<br />

point. If things carry on like this, we can’t<br />

complain,” explains the founder.<br />

In addition to Petra Göring and Monika<br />

Lelonek, the SmartMembranes team<br />

includes five other employees. Over the medium<br />

term, the company plans to expand, as<br />

it is foreseeable that the field of membrane<br />

production will grow.<br />

The step from the world of science to the world<br />

of business was, and sometimes continues to<br />

be, a challenge. Financial plans, marketing, sales<br />

strategies – in recent years, the two researchers<br />

have had to break new ground in many areas.<br />

“I have learnt an incredible amount, which<br />

has without doubt enriched my life and taken<br />

me forward as a person. As a mother of three<br />

children, however, I have always had a guilty<br />

conscience and the fear that I have too little<br />

time for my family. Whatever happens though,<br />

I certainly don’t want to miss the feeling of<br />

independence,” concludes Petra Göring. These<br />


Facts<br />

Key technologies<br />

in Saxony-Anhalt<br />

In Saxony-Anhalt, energy<br />

is generated on a<br />

sustainable basis. Every<br />

second kilowatt hour is now<br />

generated from wind power,<br />

solar power and biomass.<br />

120<br />

Saxony-Anhalt is home<br />

to more than 120 life<br />

sciences companies, most<br />

of which are small and<br />

medium sized businesses.<br />

In Saxony-Anhalt, the research into protein and<br />

active ingredients is focused on the Weinberg<br />

Campus in Halle (Saale). Several biotechnology<br />

companies and research institutes carry out<br />

research at the Technology Park.<br />

days, she is only able to devote a third of her<br />

time to research, with the rest of her working<br />

time being filled with management, sales, production<br />

and business trips.<br />

The company has found the optimum<br />

working conditions in its laboratories<br />

and offices at the Weinberg Campus Technology<br />

Park. “Here, we have the necessary infrastructure<br />

and a close-knit network with local<br />

research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer<br />

Institute for Microstructure of Materials and<br />

Systems IMWS and Martin Luther University.<br />

After setting up here, we were able to get<br />

started straight away,” explains the scientist.<br />

The Vineyard, as it is known by the people of<br />

Halle, is the innovation location for the sector<br />

of life sciences and material sciences in Saxony-<br />

Anhalt. With 134 hectares, it is the biggest in<br />

Central Germany. The site is now home to more<br />

than 100 companies and institutes with around<br />

5,500 employees. Biochemists, biotechnologists,<br />

material scientists, pharmacists, agricultural-<br />

and nutrition scientists from leading<br />

non-university research institutions work sideby-side<br />

at the Vineyard.<br />

In recent years, SmartMembranes has been<br />

able to grow and prosper at the Vineyard in<br />

Halle. And even though the products from the<br />

two entrepreneurs can only be seen under the<br />

microscope, their success is plain to see.<br />

smartmembranes.de<br />

technologiepark-weinberg-campus.de<br />



Tiny when<br />

it comes to purity<br />

Water filters with nanotechnology are<br />

being developed in Halberstadt<br />

An estimated two billion people worldwide<br />

have no access to clean drinking<br />

water. The innovative products of Nanostone<br />

Water GmbH could solve the drinking water<br />

problem.<br />

Ceramic water filters have been manufactured<br />

in large kilns in Halberstadt since 2004. The<br />

nano-coated ceramic has pores that are just<br />

a billionth of a meter in size. It retains viruses<br />

and bacteria as well as residues of chemicals.<br />

The filters are of particular interest to industrial<br />

partners in America and China. In terms<br />

of the topic of micro-plastics, this robust and<br />

durable solution also has great potential. The<br />

company’s headquarters have been located in<br />

the USA for several years and it also has branch<br />

offices in China. In Halberstadt, 140 employees<br />

are now working on production as well as advanced<br />

research and development.<br />

nanostone.com<br />

A mathematical<br />

masterpiece<br />

The company IM&P GmbH is able to forecast<br />

and prevent damage.<br />

Prevention is good. Forecasts are even<br />

better: The software solutions from<br />

the company Indalyz Monitoring & Prognostics<br />

GmbH in Halle (Saale) are based on specially<br />

developed algorithms. These assist with the<br />

superior planning of the maintenance work.<br />

With the advanced products from Halle, the<br />

maintenance of wind turbines, for example, is<br />

made easier. Intelligent forecasting methods<br />

allow for a predictive state-oriented strategy.<br />

The system monitors machines, sophisticated<br />

facilities as well as machine clusters, and<br />

doesn’t just include previous events but also<br />

current observations in its calculations. Repairs<br />

are only carried out if notification of an actual<br />

problem is provided. This reduces the operating<br />

and maintenance costs and extends the<br />

operating times. At the same time, unexpected<br />

failures and possible consequential damage are<br />

reduced to a minimum. The system therefore<br />

pays for itself.<br />

imprognostics.com<br />


HERE<br />


SCIENCE.<br />

Team Bilberry, Mateyusz Krain (left) and Krzyszttof Dobrinin<br />

©Marco Warmuth/TGZ Halle GmbH<br />



We provide evidence to the contrary and show how something impressive is emerging in Saxony-Anhalt.<br />

In this respect, the locations in Saxony-Anhalt offer the perfect conditions. They are our CENTERS OF<br />

EXCELLENCE. Here, science, research and business are concentrated in one place. The paths are short, bringing<br />

people together and enabling discussions. New ideas emerge and are therefore easier to implement.<br />


WHO IS<br />


WHAT AND<br />

WHERE?<br />





The research portal gives an overview of the universities, colleges and<br />

research institutes in Saxony-Anhalt. Research projects from all of the<br />

disciplines are also presented. In this way, scientists can make their<br />

work known and conduct targeted searches for project partners. The<br />

site also provides information on support programmes and sponsors<br />

as well as advice on how to start a new business.<br />


Ministry of Economic Affairs,<br />

Science and Digitalisation<br />

of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt<br />

Hasselbachstraße 4<br />

39104 Magdeburg, Germany<br />

Phone +49 391 5674316<br />

presse@mw.sachsen-anhalt.de<br />

in cooperation with the<br />

Investment and Marketing<br />

Corporation Saxony-Anhalt<br />

Am Alten Theater 6<br />

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