Who We Are
BioMed X Institute – an inspiring collaboration model solving the biggest challenges in biomedical research.
BioMed X is an independent research institute located at the campus environment of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. We operate at the interface between academia and industry and perform biomedical research in the fields of oncology, immunology, neuroscience and platform technologies.
All our research projects are sponsored by leading pharmaceutical companies and conducted by early-career scientists recruited from the best schools around the world. The combination of global crowdsourcing with local incubation of the best research talents and ideas allows us to solve the biggest challenges in biomedical research.
We stand for free, creative, and curiosity-driven research combined with a solid validation of results, timelines, and deliverables. We serve a large purpose in advancing translational biomedicine by leveraging synergies and fostering cross-pollination across disciplines.
The Campus of the University of Heidelberg
BioMed X is located at the Technology Park Heidelberg, within the outstanding campus environment of the University of Heidelberg. The campus is one of the largest biomedical research hubs in Europe and home of renowned research institutes such as the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). The Heidelberg Technology Park on the campus of the University of Heidelberg is home to around 100 small and medium-sized biotech companies. More than 20 other local institutes focused on biomedical research with over 15,000 jobs and 16,000 students in life sciences and medicine are located at the campus.
A long history of research and education
Heidelberg University – also known as Ruperto Carola – was established in 1386 and is Germany’s oldest university. It is also one of the strongest research universities in all of Europe. The impeccable reputation of the university attracts many foreign students.
In the 1960s the university started building a new campus near the city district Neuenheim in Heidelberg, called the Neuenheimer Feld. Today the Neuenheimer Feld is the largest part of the university, and the largest campus for natural sciences and life science in Germany. Nearly all science faculties and institutes, the medical school, University Hospital Heidelberg, and the science branch of the University Library are situated on this campus.
Heidelberg – A special quality of life
Heidelberg is a city with approximately 160,000 inhabitants. It is situated in the Rhine Neckar Triangle, an European metropolitan area with round about 2.4 million people living there, comprising the neighboring cities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen.
Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque ensemble of the castle, the Old Town, and the river Neckar surrounded by hills attract every year millions of visitors from all over the world. Heidelberg’s population is international: An estimated 51,000 of Heidelberg’s inhabitants have an immigrant background – many of them are scientists and students.