In its innovation strategy, geared to the lead markets of the future, North Rhine-Westphalia pursues the goal of identifying new innovation potential at an early stage through close networking of all players along the value chain, further developing existing strengths and creating a social climate that is conducive to innovation. An important element for the implementation of the lead market strategy are the 14 state clusters supported by the state. In their thematic fields, the state clusters work closely together with regional and/or subject-oriented networks.
In addition, networking within the scientific community is supported by the state government. The Stem Cell Network NRW, for example, concentrates all research work in adult and embryonic stem cell research. The network is an initiative founded in 2002 and funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia. It comprises the two working groups Biomedicine and Ethics-Law-Social Sciences. The network pools the competencies of the biomedical and ethical-legal-social-scientific expertise based in NRW in order to make stem cell research responsible and transparent. The network’s tasks include the bundling of activities in the field of stem cell research, the initiation and support of public discourse on stem cell research, the promotion of young talents and boosting NRW’s position as an international location for stem cell research.
(last update: June 2019)