Biotechnology is viewed by experts as key technology offering an enormous potential for solving problems in almost all areas of life. Industrial biotechnology (white biotechnology), in particular, using the great potential of enzymes or whole cell systems for the sustainable production of fine chemicals, pharmaceutical precursors, active agents of cosmetics as well as of technical enzymes and bio fuels is playing an increasingly important part. Thus, industrial biotechnology has the function of an innovative motor giving decisive impetus to numerous fields of application. This sector of biotechnology owes its strength to the interdisciplinary cooperation of chemists, biologists and engineers.
In order to further promote this business activity, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) initiated the cluster competition BioIndustrie 2021 in the autumn of 2006. The ultimate aim was to boost the strategic partnership between economy and science in general.