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Competence Centres

Competence centres are research and transfer facilities within a certain economic area, in which businesses and scientific bodies work together. They include basic research just as much as industrial research and experimental developments. The University of Graz is involved in several competence centres:

Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology

Our mission: knowledge-based economical and biotechnological processes.

On its way to a knowledge-based industrial biotechnology, ACIB plans to work on the development of more transparent, predictible bioprocesses which will render them quicker, calculable and cheaper on the basis of innovative activities of some 150 scientists. Whilst today’s process development is often built on empiricism, trial and error and optimisation, ACIB strives to improve insights into cellular systems together with enzymes and molecular mechanisms, in order to deduce fundamental parameters and use this new knowledge in predictable bioprocesses. In this way ACIB wishes to create new predictable and economically feasible production processes for bio-based industries. Such results can only be achieved in an intensive interdisciplinary collaboration.

This is the kind of interdisciplinarity which ACIB will dedicate its research to.

Know-Center GmbH

The Know-Center is Austria’s competence centre for knowledge-based applications and systems. Know-Center’s core competences lie in the fields of information technology for knowledge management and in human and organisation based knowledge management. As a link between science and business, Know-Center carries out problem-driven, result-oriented and practical R&D projects. The aim of each project is to translate basic scientific results into innovation projects for industrial enterprises.

Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH

This competence centre works with approx. 40 partners from the fields of business and science and, as a pre-competitive, business-friendly research society, contributes to the ongoing development and implementation of scientific knowledge in the field of pharmaceutical design and production and other related areas.

CBmed GmbH

CBmed, an Austrian funded competence center, links excellent research infrastructure, scientific expertise, medical knowledge, national and international industry partners for systematic medical biomarker research.

CBmed brings together scientific experts with leading pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical-technology and IT industry partners. In addition, CBmed has a strong network in the area of Biobanking including the largest Biobank in Europe, Biobank Graz, and the European Biobanking network BBMRI-ERIC. CBmed research projects will identify new biomarkers, validate potential biomarkers and conduct translational biomarker research for products to be used in clinical practice.

CBmed will develop easily applicable, targeted, minimally invasive biomarkers for better diagnosis, better therapy monitoring and a more personalized treatment of patients.

Das virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

The key areas of research and development at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE are combining numerical simulation and experimental validation and developing a comprehensive system simulation up to the complete vehicle. The current project landscape ranges from deep investigation of individual technologies (e.g. traction batteries, specific aspects of lightweight, vehicle safety) to projects dedicated to bringing together various individual aspects to create a comprehensive vehicle perspective.


Research Management and Service
Elisabethstraße 27, 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1287
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9034


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