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Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation donates € 50 million to promote life sciences at JGU
Date:5/3/2013

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"The distinct and nationwide eminent profile of Mainz University will be further enhanced thanks to this renewed support from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, for which I wish to thank them from the bottom of my heart," said Minister of Science and Education, Doris Ahnen. As one of the core future scientific fields, the life sciences open up new prospects for humanity as a whole. "It is wonderful that one of the largest private donations ever made to a university will enable Mainz to further develop this interdisciplinary field of research that combines Medicine, Biology, Biological Chemistry, Physics, Bioinformatics, Materials Science, and other disciplines. This will make Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz even more competitive in the national and international arenas and increase the significance of Mainz as a center of science and research. But it will also contribute extensively to enhancing the standing of Rhineland-Palatinate as a hub for research and science," Doris Ahnen continued.

Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Barner, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, added: "This new donation will help to further improve the quality of life sciences research at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. This goal is the same as for the donation made to the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in 2009. The 2009 donation has already been put to very good use as is shown by the excellent appointments to the IMB. Thus, Mainz is becoming now significantly more able to compete internationally in this area."

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz was successful in the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments with its proposals for a cluster of excellence and a graduate school of excellence. However, its institutional strategy "The Gutenberg Spirit: Moving Minds Crossing Boundaries" was less fortunate in this regard.
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Contact: Petra Giegerich
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49-613-139-20047
Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz
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