75 million euros for medical research in Berlin
Federal and regional governments agree on cooperation between Charity and the Berlin Institute of Health Research.
The federal government and the states have paved the way for cooperation between the Charité University Hospital and the Berlin Institute of Health Research (BIH). With this decision, the federal funding of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be permanently guaranteed for Berlin to the tune of 75 million euros per year. The joint scientific conference of the federal and state governments on Friday approved the co-financing of Charity, announced the Senate of Berlin.
"Have a nice day for patients all over Germany"
This decision marks a turning point for health research in Berlin. "The decision is there: yes 17 times more to the integration of the Berlin Institute for Health Research in Charity, a clear commitment of the federal government to make Berlin a leading medical research place "said the mayor governor and Senator Michael Müller (SPD). This decision was also intended to further disseminate the results of research in hospital beds and to develop customized medicines. "We often talk good days, but the day is excellent, especially for patients from Berlin and all over Germany," said Mayor Müller.
The project is unique at the national level
The BIH will now be integrated with Charity according to the plans of the Senate. The federal and state governments jointly sponsor a research institute – unique in Germany. A constitutional amendment of 2015 made cooperation possible. "It is not self-evident that all states have supported this initiative," said US Secretary of State for Research Steffen Krach. With its health pole, Berlin is in global competition with cities like London, New York and Munich. With the cooperation of Charity, Max-Delbrück-Center (MDC) and BIH Berlin could catch up on the front row. Michael Müller and Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) will present the details of these projects until next Wednesday.
Institute develops approaches for new therapies
The CDU health expert and former health senator Mario Czaja welcomed the Commission's decision. "It's a good decision for the health centers of Berlin and Germany," he said. "Many people have worked hard for this." The FDP is also satisfied with the decision. "It was a difficult birth, but in the long run, a reasonable solution," said research group spokesman Stefan Förster. Now it depends on what the actors do.
BIH is a scientific institution specializing in precision medicine. It develops new approaches for better predictions and new therapies to restore or maintain people's quality of life. It was founded in 2013 and was to be transformed into Leuchtturm Institute. Until now, the BIH was organized as the umbrella corporation of the MDC and Charity. However, in the past, BiH management was not able to agree on the profile.
BIH is led by a management
In addition, the search for a leader was difficult. With Erwin Böttinger, the post could only be occupied in a visible way in 2015. But already in 2017, Böttinger moved to Potsdam within the new faculty of digital engineering of the University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute. Although the BIH remains independent in the future, it will constitute a third pillar of Charity, in addition to the university and health care. To further strengthen research in the future, projects throughout Germany will also be funded by the institute. Berlin and the federal government had agreed in the administrative agreement on the new structure. The board of directors of the institute has a leadership, BIH also sits on the board of Charity and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on the Supervisory Board of Charity. With this new structure, the participants hope that the cooperation between the highest institutions of the city will be improved and more powerful. There were often critics.
360,000 employees and 21,000 businesses
With 360,000 employees and 21,000 companies spanning the spectrum of start-ups, small and large businesses, research institutes, the Charité University Hospital and the Living Hospital Group, the health economics at Berlin plays an important role in the economic development of the city.