The Campus Science Support Facilities GmbH (CSF) is a publicly funded non-profit organisation to provide cutting edge research infrastructure in life sciences.
CSF was founded in 2011 in the vibrant surrounding of the Campus Vienna Biocenter as a platform that integrates new technology and skilled experts and is open to all Campus members. Spare resources may be offered to other academic research institutions or companies. Two Core Facilities, the Vienna Drosophila Research Center (VDRC) and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), have already been incorporated into the CSF, official start of their services has been March 1st, 2011.
In the first six month of 2011 the personnel of the CSF has risen to 28 employees. Managing Director Andreas Tiran is assisted by Barbara Miksch while Controller Tina Ruzicka looks after the budget. Further Core Facilities will be set up during the course of the year. In total the number of employees will rise up to 60 people in 8 Core Facilities, to complete the VBC’s “magic shop”.
Over the last 20 years, the Campus Vienna Biocenter (CVBC) has developed into one of the leading multi-disciplinary biomedical research centers in Europe and into the premier location for Life Science in Austria. It hosts a broad spectrum of Life Science players ranging from universities, basic research institutions and biotech companies, as well as private and public service organizations. This type of diversity is a clear strength of the Campus and very much differentiates it from all other biotech clusters in Austria.
To be able to compete at the forefront of science the CSF was established to provide scientific infrastructure that will be operated and constantly further developed by highly qualified experts.
The new campus-wide Core Facilities will offer:
Besides scientific infrastructure, the CSF will also offer social infrastructure. To improve the situation for the scientists with small children and to increase the attractiveness of the campus for international scientists we have established a Campus Child Care Facility, that is run by the Wiener Kinderfreunde, a non-profit organisation with 100 years of experience in child care.