“Inventiveness is part of Mannheim’s DNA.” That’s what they say here and they’ve got numerous schools, universities and institutions to prove it… and what’s true for the whole region is even more true for this site. I find it very fascinating to see, how the site has changed during the last 10 years from a very traditional brick-wall plant to a modern campus-like environment. And this happened because of the staff. We’ve got highly qualified engineers, highly qualified scientists here and these are exactly the people we need.That’s the reason why we invest here in Mannheim. It was very special to have five huge projects at the site, which had to be completed more or less at the same time, they were connected to each other and were very complex on a technical level. How the teams of the projects handled this, that was very impressive to see. The „multi purpose Lyo/liquid filling line” The whole facility is packed with innovations that were never implemented anywhere else before. Then there is the largest chilled water buffer in Germany…. It stores water that is cooled down during the night to make climate control and air conditioning on the entire campus more efficient. ROCHE already is the leading company worldwide when it comes to lab automation and network solutions. So it goes without saying that ROCHE’s own production is ready to set new standards in this field. Already in the planning phase for the next LIM Building ROCHE used state of the art VR technology to previsualize the architecture and layout. This technique has become a standard not only for planning of the buildings here at the site but also in previsualization of new Labs for clients everywhere in the world. Diabetes Care, Diagnostics, and Pharma… all the divisions of the ROCHE Family are under one roof here at the site in Mannheim. So they can share their ideas and knowledge. The Engineers here are not only working on designs for new products like complex fully automated lab solutions but they also develop highly specialized equipment that is used in ROCHE’s own production sites all around the globe. The new OCM Building. Here people from ROCHE and partners and clients from all over the world come together to share the innovative power of this place. On the one hand “High-Tech” means “digitalization”, so that more and more processes become digital processes. On the other Hand we have to make “High-Tech” visible to make sure that Mannheim is THE High-Tech Campus inside the ROCHE group. We want to be open for new things and we want to be innovative … I was very impressed to see how politics has developed and is able to describe what digitalization means, especially for the health care system. This is exactly the future we are working on with the solutions we develop here. What we’re doing here, what happens here is real progress, that’s what makes us competitive inside the ROCHE group as well as in a global market. That’s what makes us the innovative leader.