Open Innovation at ALTANA AG

ALTANA AG is a member, among others, of some innovation networks:

Futurebizz is a Germany-wide “open innovation” network for companies in all industries.
It serves trend monitoring and the exchange of new business ideas on the topics of living and working.

UnternehmerTUM GmbH - Center for Innovation and Business Creation – based at the Garching campus of the Technische Universität München devotes itself to fostering entrepreneurial talent and provides business plan seminars, workshops, a support program for junior executives, and assistance for prospective entrepreneurs free of charge.

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded in 2009 by a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe.
KIT bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: A university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation.
With KIT, an institution of excellent international research and teaching in natural sciences and engineering is being established.
The visions of KIT are:

  • KIT will attract the best experts from all over the world.
  • KIT will set standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists.
  • KIT will become the leading European center of energy research.
  • KIT will play a role in nanosciences that will be visible worldwide.
  • KIT will be a leading innovation partner of industry.

The InnovationsAllianz (Innovation Alliance) works consistently to improve the collaboration between companies and other social organizations with the universities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Companies in NRW support the InnovationsAllianz in its aim to make North Rhine-Westphalia the top innovation site and to secure this position long-term.
Members of the "InnovationsClub NRW" are companies either based or represented with a branch office in NRW that, together with the InnovationsAllianz, represent a "spearhead for innovation in NRW" and are looking to strengthen the collaboration between science and industry in order to make the innovative ability of North Rhine-Westphalia stronger.

The Cluster for Industrial Biotechnology (CLIB 2021) is a regional network in North Rhine-Westphalia that links up chemical and biotechnology companies with scientific institutes and investors.

The IBB Netzwerk GmbH is an organization promoting the real economy in the field of industrial biotechnology. Purpose of this network is to speed up the implementation of scientific knowledge into innovative products and processes. The IBB network consists of members of the industry, small and medium-sized companies, universities, non-university research institutions, economic development agencies, consultants and associations.

The Organic Electronics Association (OE-A) is an international information and communications platform promoting the development of a competitive infrastructure for the production of organic electronics. OE-A represents the entire organic electronics value chain, from material manufacturers, to plant builders and manufacturers, to users.

The cooperative project MaDrix is driving the development of high-performance printed radio frequency identification tags (RFID). It is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) was established in 1997 as a public-private partnership to perform pre-competitive research into polymers and their application, linking scientific knowledge to the industrial need for innovation. This results in added value for universities in scientific publications and for companies in intellectual property rights and the possibilities to execute new activities. Some 200 researchers (PhDs and Post-Docs) are currently involved in DPI projects at knowledge institutes throughout the world.