The value of innovative ecosystems
The KHAN-I financing also marks the first step to market the new technology through a to be founded entrepreneurial outlet, Cutanos, a startup Dr. Rademacher is currently developing with the help of Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH. To him, innovations such as his profit a lot from the special atmosphere at Potsdam Science Park: “At the Max Planck Institute, we do basic research. But to me, personally, it has always been important that my work also has an immediate impact on modern medicine and changes peoples’ lives for the better in a very direct way,” he explains. “As such, it is really helpful to work in an environment with such a vivid entrepreneurial atmosphere.”
As an example, he points out his collaboration with Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH: “As a researcher, I really appreciate having access to such experienced sparring partners that challenge my ideas in a constructive way and with whom I can discuss all the potential avenues to market my research.” Obviously not every coffee date in Potsdam-Golm leads to a disruptive business idea, Rademacher cautions, noting that it is the overarching spirit in the Potsdam Science Park that counts: “The shared mindset is focused on innovation, and on the spreading of innovation. So entrepreneurship and marketability are naturally at the back of everyone’s minds.”
His groundbreaking work at Potsdam Science Park has also opened a new door for Rademacher: After August this year, he will move to Vienna to pick up his new role at the city’s university as a professor of Molecular Drug Targeting. While he will take his research and his laboratory team with him, Rademacher notes that he’ll stay connected to the Potsdam Science Park: “The cooperations I’ve entered here will surely stay intact.” Clearly, he’ll also take with him some of the entrepreneurial mindset he picked up at Potsdam-Golm.