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Deutsche Bank grants „Land of Ideas“ award to febit biotech gmbh for its innovative capacity

(PresseBox) (Heidelberg, )
The bioanalysis device manufacturer febit biotech gmbh based at Heidelberg today received the Land of Ideas award from the Deutsche Bank Heidelberg. On behalf of federal president Horst Koehler, the director of the Deutsche Bank Heidelberg, Ricardo Sanchez-Mayoral, presented the award and the commemorative panel this morning to Cord Stähler, CEO of febit biotech gmbh. The company received the award for its commitment in the Land of Ideas initiative. From 1200 applicants, febit was chosen as one of 365 "landmarks" of Germany´s innovative capacity, who are featured by the initiative in 2006, one for each day of the year: November 13, 2006 will be the febit day.

Hosting this year´s FIFA world cup tournament, Germany will remain in the very focus of international awareness throughout 2006. The joint campaign of Federal Government and German industry aims at demonstrating Germany´s innovative potential and productivity (see www.land-der-ideen.de for further information). The Deutsche Bank is an official corporate partner of the initiative. "We firmly believe that innovative ideas represent the mainstays of economic success in Germany and are key to the future of our country. As a Bank of Ideas and together with innovators like febit gmbh we herald the innovative competence and competitiveness of our country," Sanchez-Mayoral explained at the ceremony.

After accepting the award, Stähler expressed his thanks for the honoring of his company and the support febit received from the Deutsche Bank: "While our company follows a clearly international sales strategy, we purposely chose the Heidelberg Technologiepark as our home base. And we clearly took the right decision: febit found a research-friendly environment and important partners that supported us by providing funding, infrastructure, and consulting. Besides the Deutsche Bank, these parters include the representatives of the Rhine-Neckar region and the Technologiepark, the investors Dietmar and Oliver Hopp, and our supervisory board - today represented by Dr. Gerald Möller, chairman of our supervisory board."

Werner Pfisterer, member of the state parliament representing the Heidelberg electoral district, gave a short address and acknowledged the commitment of febit: "Baden-Württemberg may not be rich in material ressources, but it creates a wealth of ideas. Sixty-one of the nationwide total of 365 ´landmarks´ belong to our state, so we rank number 1 among the federal states. Ideas, creativity and innovative potential are well-known attributes of Baden Württemberg - and febit biotech gmbh is one great example." Biotech will be the key technology of the 21st century and Baden-Württemberg is a leading biotech region, Pfisterer explained, "Last week, the council of ministers decided to maintain the state-owned BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, a key service and marketing partner of the state´s biotech companies. This decision was important, appropriate and farsighted!"

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Located in the Heidelberg technology park, febit biotech gmbh develops and manufactures innovative microarray technologies: With the DNA-analyzer GENIOM febit opens up new opportunities for their customers. The user can design, produce and apply custom microarrays/biochips on demand in his own lab. All this in one benchtop instrument: fast, flexible and completely confidential because no data has to leave the laboratory. DNA-sequence information can be transformed into microarray based results in a single day. febit is set to be the global market leader with this technology. Currently GENIOM is predominantly used for molecular biological and medical research.

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