Dahme-Spreewald Economic Development Agency officially opens Center for Future Technologies in Wildau
Together with representatives from business, science, and politics, the Dahme-Spreewald Economic Development Agency officially opened the Center for Future Technologies (ZFZ) in the Technology and Science Park Wildau today. The ultra-modern building complex was constructed on Ludwig-Witthöft-Strasse immediately nearby the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau. It went into operation after a construction period of just 24 months and offers around 7,000 square meters of attractive hall and office space for research, development, and production all under one roof.
The Economic Development Agency, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dahme-Spreewald District, invested around 23.2 million euros in the project. ASSMANN BERATEN + PLANEN AG was the general planner, while techlogis GmbH was responsible for the technical building systems. Together, they developed a property that meets the highest demands for high-tech production and services and that fits perfectly into the given structure of the existing buildings.
90 percent of the new Technology Center has already been leased. Eight companies with around 250 highly qualified employees have moved into their new company location in recent weeks. They work on future topics from the fields of digitalization, mobility, life science, and green tech. Satellite-based navigation systems, medical emergency systems for remote diagnostics, or climate-friendly gas turbine technologies are just some of the innovative solutions that the experts at the new Center for Future Technologies will be researching in the future.
“With the new construction of what is now the fifth technology center in Wildau, we have succeeded in keeping established companies in the District and attracting new companies and research institutions. This creates high-quality jobs and further highlights our industry focus,” emphasizes Gerhard Janßen, Managing Director of the Dahme-Spreewald Economic Development Corporation and operator of the ZFZ, in his welcoming speech.
The largest tenant is the Robert Koch Institute, which is setting up a Center for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research (ZKI-PH) at the ZFZ. According to the RKI, the aim is to use new methods to strengthen the transdisciplinary field of public health and to provide new impetus both nationally and internationally. The use of AI-based technologies should make it possible to harness large and complex data sources in the future, for example, to analyze epidemics more comprehensively and to further develop early warning systems.
Dorothee Bär (Member of the German Bundestag, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor, and Federal Government Commissioner for Digitalization): “The Center for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research of the RKI in Wildau is another federal project for future-oriented jobs in Lusatia. We have seen during the pandemic how important technologies and databases are. With this new facility, the RKI is creating an important building block that will allow it to combat diseases more effectively in the future with the help of artificial intelligence. At the same time, we are thus raising public health research in Germany holistically to a new level.”
District Administrator Stephan Loge is pleased about the settlement of the renowned research institute: “Together with the neighboring University of Applied Sciences, the nearby Fraunhofer IAP and DESY in Zeuthen, which belongs to the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Koch Institute will further strengthen the existing scientific expertise in our District and offer regional companies in Lusatia excellent opportunities for cooperation.”
FTI Engineering Network GmbH, a specialist for video-based safety systems in aviation, has already enjoyed close ties with Wildau for nine years: “At the Center for Future Technologies, we have now found a long-term perspective for our company’s continued development. The high-quality office and hall space with university and capital city access right at its doorstep offers even more very special advantages,” says Managing Director Michael Weisel.
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Martin Melzer, Vice President of the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, is looking forward to additional momentum for the Technology and Science Park Wildau: “As a representative of a university that is application-oriented as well as strong in research and transfer, I see many points of contact with both commercial companies and the new RKI site. In particular against the background of interdisciplinary challenges in studying and teaching as well as research and transfer, cutting-edge research and cutting-edge technology are increasingly coming into focus. Thus, the intended interdisciplinary cooperation will provide an optimal basis upon which we can develop together with excellence.”
The regional players from science and high-tech are pursuing a long-term development strategy in the joint network “dahme_innovation.” Another milestone was reached with the opening of the “Center for Future Technologies.” As a dynamic technology location in the vicinity of BER, the players are consistently pursuing additional development steps and growth projects in the networking of the Berlin metropolis with Lusatia.
All information about the new Center for Future Technologies in Wildau and the portfolio of tenants can be found at www.zentrum-fuer-zukunftstechnologien.de.
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