ZEISS expands its Innovation Hub in Dresden

May 8, 2024: ZEISS moves into new premises in Dresden with the Innovation Hub to further expand research activities in the field of life science and health.

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Dr. Kai Wicker, Head of the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden, Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, Rector of the Technische Universität Dresden, and Dr. Karl Lamprecht, President and CEO of ZEISS, (from left) at the opening ceremony of the new premises of the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden. Photo: ZEISS

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On May 7, the new premises of the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden were opened. The new space offers the twelve employees more room for additional innovation projects and the opportunity for further growth. The team is moving from the premises in the building of the Else Kröner Fresenius Center (EKFZ) for Digital Health on the campus of the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital Dresden to a building in Blasewitzer Straße directly opposite the campus. There, the ZEISS Innovation Hubs will have an area of around 700 square meters and modern laboratories, which the Innovation Hub employees will share with teams from ZEISS Microscopy.

In addition to the ZEISS Executive Board and ZEISS employees, guests from business and science in Dresden were invited to the opening ceremony, including Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, Rector of the Technical University of Dresden.

“ZEISS is on course for growth. To ensure that this continues, we are investing in the future. The opening of the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden in the new premises is an example of our investments in infrastructure and in committed and successful teams,” emphasized Dr. Karl Lamprecht, President and CEO of ZEISS. Since the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden was opened in 2021 in cooperation with the Technical University of Dresden, both the number of employees and the number of innovation projects have grown steadily. “In recent years, the projects at the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden have successfully contributed to our ZEISS strategy. That’s why the activities are to be further expanded at a larger location,” says Lamprecht.

Part of the innovation ecosystem

The ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden is one of the company’s two Innovation Hubs, where employees develop ideas and research approaches to realize innovative solutions for both ZEISS divisions and customers. The aim of the teams at the Innovation Hubs is to identify new technologies, evaluate their relevance for ZEISS and transfer them into concrete applications. The focus in Dresden is on innovation in the life science and health sector.

“Due to the immediate proximity to a large number of research institutions in the Dresden innovation ecosystem and the flexibility to work on explorative topics beyond the business areas, we can break new ground in the health and life science sector at the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden,” explains Dr. Kai Wicker, Head of the ZEISS Innovation Hub Dresden, the special and highly relevant research environment on site for ZEISS.

“The partnership between ZEISS and the TUD has a long tradition. The opening of the ZEISS Innovation Hub in the immediate vicinity of our Life Sciences and Health Campus shows the close ties in the fields of biology, bioengineering and physics, where there will certainly be overlaps with our Physics of Life Cluster of Excellence. It is also a very good example of the attractiveness of the unique Dresden science and innovation ecosystem ‘DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation Campus’,” says Prof. Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger.

Strengthening the ZEISS location in Dresden and working more closely with TU Dresden is a building block of ZEISS’ global innovation strategy. This aims to further expand the company’s presence in the vicinity of research clusters and to ensure better networking with representatives from science and industry. ZEISS also wants to find talented people in the region who are ready to help shape the innovative technologies of tomorrow.

ZEISS in Dresden

The ZEISS Group is present in Dresden with two additional companies: In 2020, ZEISS acquired Saxonia Systems, which has grown to over 230 employees as ZEISS Digital Innovation in Dresden at Fritz-Foerster-Platz. Around 50 employees work at ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions (formerly Carl Zeiss Innovation Center for Metrology) in the Business Park on Bertolt-Brecht-Allee. All three units have important commonalities in digitalization as well as in the manufacturing industry and healthcare. The combined expertise of the three ZEISS units also creates synergies in research and development, which will not least strengthen Dresden as a center of innovation.

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