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Focus: Applied science for industrial biotechnology
acib GmbH (Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology)
Commercial register court: LG ZRS Graz
VAT/UID: AT U54545504
Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG, (Sparkassenplatz 4, A-8010 Graz)
Bank Code Number: 20815
International (BIC): STSPAT2G
Account Number: 3200403644
International transfers (IBAN): AT83 2081 5032 0040 3644
Univ. Prof. Dr. Bernd Nidetzky
Dr. Renate Rogi-Kohlenprath
Mag. Christina Loidl
Frequently asked questions & user guidline
As an interdisciplinary research centre for industrial biotechnology in an academic environment, acib GmbH works closely with universities and companies in the field of biotechnology. Within the scope of our research, we strive for innovative biotechnological solutions for current and future questions from science, economy, and society.
In order to achieve optimal cooperation among each other and with external persons, companies, authorities, etc., it is important to comply with laws, internal regulations and ethical principles. Due to the special shareholder situation of acib (acib is owned by four universities and one non-university research institution), acib is subject to the control of the national Court of Auditors (CoA) and the CoA of Styria, Lower Austria, Vienna and Tyrol. Furthermore, as a COMET competence centre funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG the company is subject to extensive audits by FFG. Additional audits are performed in the context of several participations in EU projects.
The management of acib GmbH stands for a collegial, respectful, and honest cooperation in compliance with legal requirements and rules. For this reason, a Compliance Board has been established to deal with current issues of specific problem cases with regard to compliance. The Compliance Board makes recommendations to the acib management.
The Compliance Board has three members, one of whom is appointed by the works council. The other members are appointed by the management upon the proposal of the General Management. One member must have legal qualifications and takes the chair of the Compliance Board.
The current members of the Compliance Board are:
Prof. Dr. Markus Steppan, Head of the Compliance Board
Mag. Christina Loidl, Member
DI Viktorija Vidimce-Risteski, Member (works council)
The members of the Compliance Board can be reached via e-Mail
You are welcome to have potential conflicts of interest reviewed in advance or to ask general questions about compliance.
In addition, acib GmbH has set up a reporting system in accordance with the whistleblowing standards of the Austrian Whistleblower Protection Act (HinweisgeberInnenschutzgesetz; HSchG) and the Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law.
This reporting system allows you to quickly, easily and anonymously report questionable processes and concerns about actual or suspected misconduct that relates to acib GmbH or the well-being of employees and third parties and affects the areas listed in the § 3 (3) HSchG).
Legal information and company classification
The shareholders of acib GmbH are
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (36 %)
University of Graz (12 %)
University of Innsbruck (8 %)
Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (8 %)
acib is managed by its CEO and four authorized officers:
Mag. Christina Loidl
Univ. Prof. Dr. Bernd Nidetzky (CSO)
Dr. Renate Rogi-Kohlenprath
acib GmbH is not an SME within the meaning of the “Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of small and medium-sized enterprises” (2003/361/EC), as the cumulative participation of public organisations is higher than 50 %. In accordance with its articles of association, acib GmbH is not profit-oriented, but is oriented towards the common good. acib’s articles of association prohibit the distribution of profits to its owners. Irrespective of this, acib GmbH is not a “non-profit organization” as defined by Austrian law. acib GmbH is a “non-profit legal entity” or “non-profit organisation” in the sense of Art. 2 Para. 1 Z 14 of the “Regulation (EU) No. 1290/2013 of 11th December 2013 on the rules for participation in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation ” Horizon 2020″(2014-2020) and for the dissemination of results and repealing Regulation (EC) No. 1906/2006″.
acib GmbH is an “institution for research and knowledge dissemination (research institution)” according to Z 15 lit ee of the EU Framework for State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation (2014/C 198/01). acib GmbH is a “Research and Technology Organisation (RTO)” as defined by the EARTO (www.earto.eu).
acib GmbH is a research institution in accordance with § 71 of the “Settlement and Residence Act (Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz), which is operated by legal entities in accordance with §1 para. 1 of the Public Liability Act and therefore does not require certification. According to these regulations, acib GmbH is listed with the Federal Ministry of the Interior (https://bmi.gv.at/312/50/start.aspx#Zertifizierte_Forschungseinrichtungen/). Due to its public majority shareholding, acib GmbH is subject to the control of the Austrian Court of Audit. Based on this, acib GmbH is also subject to § 5 Abs. 6 PartG (reporting transactions with companies of political parties) and the Austrian Media Transparency Act (Notification of remunerated publications in the media). Beside the Austrian Court of Audit, acib GmbH is also subject to audits of the Courts of Audit of Styria, Lower Austria, Tyrol and Vienna.
The majority of acib’s research projects is funded by public funding organisations, including EU, Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, Styrian Promotion Agency SFG, Standortagentur Tirol, Federal Government of Lower Austria, the Vienna Business Agency, etc.