STERN acts as a business promotion agency for the regional biotech and life science sectors. The primary goal is to anchor the BioRegion and their businesses throughout Germany and internationally on a high level. An important strategy for the development of the regional cluster is to build on existing strengths. The region is characterized by a prominent network of biotechnology and medical technology SMEs as well as universities (f.e. Tübingen, Stuttgart, Hohenheim ) and research institutes (f.e. Fraunhofer societies, NMI) and including service provider companies.