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Germany Joins the Biotech Race

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Science  29 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5292, pp. 1454
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5292.1454


Five years ago, Germany provided perhaps the most inhospitable climate for biotechnology in the Western world. Now the German government is trying to transform the country virtually overnight into a biotech powerhouse. Last week, it picked three regions of the country for special grants and loans for start-ups and industry-academia collaborations—the spearheads in its attempt to make up lost ground.