Federal Minister Norbert Hofer visited the initiators of the Phytovalley Tirol on February 19, 2018, on the occasion of his Tyrol Day. Discussions with ADSI board member Univ. Prof. Dr. Günther Bonn focused on the subject of “Phytovalley”, a research initiative of the Institute for Analytical Chemistry of the University of Innsbruck and the Austrian Drug Screening Institute ADSI. This Initiative was established in the last years and is now being rapidly developed in cooperation with industry, universities, the federal government and the state of Tyrol.
The aim of this joint initiative is to investigate herbal ingredients for medical and cosmetic products as well as functional food. Through the development and introduction of quality standards, high-quality products are developed in phytopharmacy, phytocosmetics and phytonutrition, combining the highest possible product effectiveness with product safety. “I was able to convince the minister that our efforts reach far beyond the Tyrolean region, and the international networking for the research location Innsbruck and Tyrol has meanwhile gained great importance,” said Bonn, who also heads the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry at the Leopold-Franzens University.
“On the one hand, universities, technical colleges and local companies benefit from the high level of competence in the region, on the other hand this also attracted new companies to settle down in Austria, which created more than 130 new long-term jobs within a short period of time, “ explained Bonn.
In 2018, two additional research professorships will be established: Phytosciences (development of pharmaceutical active ingredients from plants) at the University of Innsbruck and at the newly established Michael Popp Research Institute.