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Dr. Marijn  Dekkers

"I am convinced that CleanTechNRW can significantly contribute to North Rhine-Westphalia's competitiveness as a location for business and industry. Also because of its bold and clear commitment to future issues as climate change and the efficient use of resources."

Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board, Bayer AG

Svenja Schulze

"When the top industrial managers from North Rhine-Westphalia in the areas of chemicals, energy, steel and biotechnology come together under the banner of "Industrial climate protection technologies" with the leading universities, academic institutes and the most innovative SMEs for such a candidacy, this is indeed a noteworthy act and deserves support from all of us. "The state government in North Rhine-Westphalia is highly delighted at this initiative and will do everything in our power to support the aims of the CleanTechNRW Leading-Edge Cluster."

Svenja Schulze (SPD), Minister for Innovation, Science and Research for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Dr. Tony Van Osselaer

"The main challenge of the 21st century is to build a sustainable foundation for our society. CleanTechNRW is seeking to strengthen the competitiveness of North Rhine-Westphalia as an industrial location by fostering the efficient use of resources and reducing emissions."

Dr. Tony Van Osselaer, Chairman, Executive Board of CleanTechNRW

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann

"The best prospects for the future will be obtained by those companies and regions which succeed in recognising trends at an early stage and in opening up their innovation processes to accommodate these, as they will then able to establish themselves as leading providers in the markets of the future and to create leverage in the generation of knowledge."

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann, Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Technology Management, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Dr. Ingo Gaida

"Open innovation is the paradigm of the 21st century. Complex challenges can be approached with a greater chance of success within networks. The complex topic of climate protection particularly requires collaboration throughout the whole of the value chain. Work in climate protection spanning various industrial sectors significantly increases the level of problem-solving skills, as intersections with potential emerge from existing interfaces. This convergence approach is a leading characteristic of our CleanTechNRW cluster."

Dr. Ingo Gaida, Managing Director of CleanTechNRW GmbH

Prof. Dr. Harley Krohmer

"The paradigm change which is currently taking place is that the previous opinion in local business, where environmental standards were judged to be a disadvantage for locations compared with emerging and developing countries, is giving way to a positive, forward-looking view that the cleantech sector is seen as having the potential to become a worldwide export hit for German companies."

Prof. Dr. Harley Krohmer, Deacon of the Business and Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Berne, Switzerland

Dr. Thorsten Eggert

"Evocatal GmbH stands for biocatalysis and thus for sustainable production of chemicals from renewable raw materials. As such through our work we support the future-oriented concept of the initiative on a daily basis and have discovered a great demand for environmentally-compatible procedures for production processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. As an SME, we would very much like to make our contribution to the Leading-Edge Cluster competition and to actively apply our technologies in collaboration with science, large scale industry and politics. Environmental and climate protection can only be effectively ensured through networked research and actions."

Dr. Thorsten Eggert, founder and Managing Director of Evocatal GmbH in Dusseldorf

Dr. Kircher

"The true driver for success in industrial biotechnology is its innovation potential for cost-effective processes and products with a higher added value than ethanol."

Dr. Kircher, Chairman of the Board, Clib2021, Member of the CleanTechNRW Leading-Edge Cluster