Members of the Council of German BioRegions

BMD GmbH Life Sciences Agency Sachsen-Anhalt


Bioregion BMD GmbH Life Sciences Agency Sachsen-Anhalt
Location Halle (Saale)
Contact Person Dr. Michael Täger
R&D-Focus Medical Biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals: recombinant proteins, protein engineering, protein biochemistry, molecular biology, biopharmaceutical development and production of veterinary and human vaccines and pharmaceuticals, development of new therapies for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, immunodiagnostics, clinical studies

Plant biotechnology and plant breeding: plant genetics, crop plant research, marker-assisted breeding, biopharming, energy plant research

Industrial biotechnology: industrial use of renewable ressources, sustainable production of biopolymers and related products, development of novel technical enzymes, microalgae as ressources of biomass and high-value products 
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Pro-Net T3 - Tools, Targets, Therapeutics / Protein Competence Network Halle & Network of Excellence Saxony-Anhalt
InnoPlanta e.V. Gatersleben / Competence Networks Germany
Green Gate Gatersleben - The Plant Biotech Center
Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS) Magdeburg / Network of Excellence Saxony-Anhalt
Chemical-Biotechnological Process Center Leuna / Fraunhofer Society
Number of companies in the BioRegion 70

Saxony-Anhalt as a location for Biotechnology and Biopharma consists of four different segments:

In the last years the Red Biotechnology develops into a profiling sector with a solid research basis and competitive R&D teams and rising companies.

Saxony-Anhalt has great technology transfer and translational potentials in the biopharmaceutical development and production and is developing from an attractive production site into an innovative R&D site for biopharmaceutical products and services.

The plant biotechnology is one of the most important biotechnology segments in Saxony-Anhalt with a longstanding tradition and an efficient research landscape.

The industrial use of renewable ressources has an increasing importance through the establishment of the Chemical-Biotechnological Process Center in Leuna developed by the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.




Bioregion bioanalytik-muenster
Location Münster
Contact Person
Dr. Klaus-Michael Weltring
R&D-Focus Nanobioanalytics, Characterization of Nanomaterials in Biological Systems, Diagnostics,Iimaging, Environmental Analysis, Masspectrometry
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Center for Nanotechnology (CeNTech), European Institute for Molecular Imaging (EIMI)
Number of companies in the BioRegion about 30

The association bioanalytik-muenster was founded in November 2000 as a regional network for researchers, companies and public organisations. It serves as the central communication and information platform for scientists, companies, investors and the public in the area of nanobioanalytics. Bioanalytik-muenster assists the concerted actions of all local players to develop the Münster region to a globally competitive nanobioanalytics location by

  • boosting the competitiveness and innovation potential of the region in the area of nanobioanalytiks by targeted matching of the regional competence in academia and companies,
  • raising funds for the advancement of the region,
  • informing about the scientific and technological R&D results of the region.


Location Deutscher Platz 5, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person André Hofmann
R&D-Focus (Biotech Cluster)
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Regenerative Medicine; Industrial Enzymes; Cell Therapy
Number of companies in the BioRegion 26

Factors for sustainable growth are a favourable structural and financial support and a network that has proven its value and works on an interdisciplinary basis. That’s exactly what makes BIO CITY LEIPZIG so unique. Here you can find everything that successful businesses may need.



Bioregion BioCologne
Location Cologne
Contact Person Dr. Heinz Bettmann
R&D-Focus red and white Biotechnology
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks BIO.NRW, DZNE German Centzer for Neurodegenerative Diseases, DLR German Aerospace Center, CECAD, BioRiver, CLIB 2021
Number of companies in the BioRegion 25

BioCologne is an association to support biotechnology and life sciences in the cologne region. Members like biotech companies, academic and research institutions, investors and technology parks provide the transfer of new discoveries and technologies into startup companies. Both, existing companies and future entrepreneurs receive support with all questions ranging from setting-up and developing an enterprise. BioCologne communicates know how via MyBioCareer as well as financing solutions in cooperation with banks, investors or business angels.

The network offers various opportunities for synergies and supports special qualifications and the transfer of technology. International contacts allow worldwide contacts and cooperations. To ensure the future of biotechnology industry BioCologne provides development and marketing of the location cologne and communication between the biotech's as well. 


BioCon Valley


Bioregion BioCon Valley
Location Mecklemburg-Vorpommern
Contact Person Lars Bauer
R&D-Focus -
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Functional Genomics and Molekular Medicine (FunGene, HIKE, GANI_MED), Regenerative Medicine and Medical technologies (CELISCA Center for Life Science Automation, RESPONSE – Partnership for Innovation in Implant Technology, Campus PlasmaMed), Plant and Animal breeding (PHÄNOMICS, Bio-OK), Health economy (HIC@RE- Alliacne against MRSA
Number of companies in the BioRegion 120

BioCon Valley is the initiative for Life Science and health economy of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (  As one of the German BioRegions BioCon Valley supports the commercial use of modern life sciences and bio- and medical technologies in the region.  BioCon Valley´s tasks are networking, managing life science centers (bioincubators), project management and coordination, and life science specific public relation.  BioCon Valley collaborates in strategic partnership to the life science initiatives at the Baltic Sea (

BioIndustry e.V.


Bioregion BioIndustry e.V.
Location 44799 Bochum / North Rine-Westphalia
Contact Person Uwe Seidel
R&D-Focus -
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks -
Number of companies in the BioRegion 100

The BioIndustry e. V. is a registered association which main purpose is to activate, to concentrate and to develop biotechnological competences in the Ruhr Region. As a networked service cluster of 55 companies, research and training institutes, technology centres, biotechnological service providers and communal business development organizations the association’s objective is to generate product- and process-innovations in biotechnology.

Our member´s competences cover the entire spectrum of biotechnology with focus on medical biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, AgriFood biotechnology, Bioinformatics and enabling technologies. Members are supported by service providers span all necessary management consulting and legal advisory services.

The regional decision-makers meet and exchange experience on a regular basis to support the active transfer from ideas to market. Members get assistance to find appropriate business partners, to develop and promote their projects and to acquire public funding.

BioLAGO e.V. - the health network


Bioregion BioLAGO e.V. - the health network
Location Constance
Contact Person Andreas Baur
R&D-Focus Pharma, Diagnostics, Medical Engineering, Life Sciences, Clinic & Laboratory
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks DiagNET
Number of companies in the BioRegion 115 members (industry and research institutions)

BioLAGO is the cross-border health network in the four-country-region of Lake Constance (Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein). It unites more than 100 members in the health industry. With over 200,000 jobs, the health sector is one of the core sectors of the Hochrhein-Bodensee region. BioLAGO represents the health industry with the high-tech sectors of diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, medical technology as well as clinics and laboratories. The BioLAGO health network links industry and science for innovation. The association actively promotes knowledge transfer and the establishment of new companies.

BioLAGO was honoured with the quality label "Cluster-Exzellenz Baden-Württemberg". The association was also awarded with the Gold Label for Professional Management by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).

BioM / Munich Biotech Cluster


Bioregion BioM / Munich Biotech Cluster
Location Greater Munich Area
Contact Person Prof. Dr. Horst Domdey
R&R-Focus a) new therapeutics and diagnostics, personalized medicine
b) industrial Biotechnology
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Network Competence Region "personalized medicine"; Future Cluster of Excellence Initiative at LMU and TUM in protein, nano- and Neuro-Science; Competence Center of the national network of "Orphan Diseases"
Number of companies in the BioRegion Biotech according to OECD: 85,
according to own census in "Pharmaceutics" 130 Active Biotech, 30 pharmaceutical, 50 CRO, 40 suppliers

Since winning the BioRegio Competition 1996, BioM is the coordination agency of the Munich Biotech Cluster and since 2006 additionally of the overall Bavarian biotechnology cluster. Since 2010, under the BioM management with the "Leading Edge Cluster m4" (BMBF Competition)  a competency region for "personalized medicine" has been developed. The Munich region is characterized by internationally recognized scientific excellence, the basis is for the majority of spin-off companies. Most have been accompanied by BioM, from the first steps to a stable development. Today the BioM coordinated m4 Award is a regional validation support program (pre-seed) for the Bavarian life sciences.



Bioregion BioNord
Location Bremerhaven
Contact Person Bremerhaven Economic Development Company Ltd., Dr. Jennifer Schweiger
R&D Focus: Biotechnology; Genomics/Proteomics; Molecular diagnostics and bioanalytics; Biomarker and diagnostics products for oncology and infections; personalized medicine; mobile Health; Mass spectrometry; Medical technology; Medical Image Computing; Nucleic acid analysis; Specialty chemicals for molecular biology; Food technology; Marine biotechnology; health economy;
Selected Regional /Thematic
Clusters/Competence Networks
Society Gesundheitswirtschaft North West; Food industry, healt industry
Number of companies in the BioRegion 30

The life sciences are key technologies to secure the future well-being of mankind and the environment.

Innovative life sciences companies are located in the region of Bremerhaven – Bremen. They are mainly focused on application- and market-oriented research in the area of analytics and diagnostics. The federal state of Bremen is providing many valuable and economic stimuli to life sciences area. The Bio Nord Biotechnology center Bremerhaven is an ideal environment to young and innovative research companies providing them with laboratories and infrastructure.

The newly initiated i³-Life Sciences Cluster North West is located at the Bio Nord center. It will focus and strengthen the competence of the sector. Identification and development of biomarker and modern analytic and diagnostic tools are on the focus.

BIO.NRW - The Home of Biotech


Bioregion BIO.NRW - The Home of Biotech
Location 40225 Düsseldorf, Merowingerplatz 1
Contact Person Dr. Nils Schrader, Head of BIO.NRW Office
R&D Focus
  • individual match making for collaborations and partners
  • overview on all up-to-date R&D activities in industry and academia
  • profound knowledge on financing possibilities
  • international promotion and marketing for NRW as biotech location
  • direct contact to decision makes
Selected Regional /Thematic
Clusters/Competence Networks
Number of companies in the BioRegion 109 dedicated biotechnology companies focus
19 other biotechnologically active companies
Approx. 350 other life science related companies

North Rhine-Westphalia’s biotechnology cluster BIO.NRW is a central catalyst for the sustainable development of the state’s biotechnology and bioeconomy sector.

It activates cooperation between business, research, investors, and policy-makers. Our activities and services: Financing, Fairs and Exhibitions, Data& nalysis Biotech NRW, Marketing&PR, Promotion of young academics.

BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH


Bioregion BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Location Stuttgart, Germany
Contact Person
Dr. Barbara Jonischkeit
R&D-Focus Interaction from Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical industry, Medical technology, Energy, Chemical industry and Environmental technology
Selected regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Cluster Biopolymers/Biomaterials, Biomedical Technology Cluster ‘Medical Mountains’, Environmental Technology Network Baden-Württemberg, BioPharmaceutical Industry Network Baden-Württemberg, 5 BioRegions: BioRegion Rhine-Neckar-Triangle, Bioregion STERN, Bioregion Ulm, BioRegion Freiburg und BioLAGO
Number of companies in the BioRegion -

As the state-wide service agency, BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg provides targeted support to research institutions and companies in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors.

As Baden-Württemberg’s central point of contact in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors, it is the task of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH to optimally position the strengths of this leading biotechnology location on the national and international level at the same time as developing the location to ensure future sustainability. Specific business promotion measures help to secure know-how and jobs in the state as well as transferring the huge potential of innovative research to industrial applications. BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH's broad public relation work get people informed about this highly innovative cross-sectional technology.

BioRegio Regensburg


Bioregion BioRegio Regensburg
Location BioPark Regensburg GmbH
Contact Person
Dr. Thomas Diefenthal
R&D-Focus Biotechnology, Medical Engineering, Pharma, Sensors
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks The Interdisciplinary Agency IA-Biotech is the network linking technology in East Bavaria (interdisciplinary projects)

Strategic Partnership for Sensor Technologies, Optical Technologies in Photodynamics
Number of companies in the BioRegion 42

The BioPark Regensburg GmbH is the management and administrative headquarters of the biotechnology research cluster known as BioRegio Regensburg in East Bavaria. Located strategically at the northernmost point of the Danube, in the Austrian-Czech-German triangle, the area is regarded as the gateway to the East of the extended European Union. Currently 42 firms with over 2500 employees are active in the field of life sciences in BioRegio Regensburg. As a result it has become the most important region for Biotechnology in Bavaria, second only to Munich.

BioRegio STERN Management GmbH


Bioregion BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Location Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Reutlingen und Neckar-Alb
Contact Person Dr. Klaus Eichenberg
R&D-Focus biotechnology
medical technology
regenerative medicine
engineering & automation
Selected Regional /Thematic
Clusters/Competence Networks
Competence network medtech & biotech, health region of the future "REGiNA - regenerative medicine in the area between Stuttgart, Tübingen and Neckar-Alb, clusterinitiative ELSA "engineering-life sciences-automation
Number of companies in the
ca.100 biotechnology companies
ca. 120 medtech companies

BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is since 2001 a skill-sharing network, providing a help and advice centre for founders of new businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers in the life sciences sector in the cities of Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen and Reutlingen and the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions. As cross-technology network we promote cooperations between different disciplines such as biotechnology, medical technology, sensor technology, biochemical analysis, diagnostics, bioinformatics and automation technology. BioRegio STERN Management GmbH represents the interests of these market players in dealings with political circles, the media and associations and provides advice on grant applications and corporate financing. Key focal points include regenerative medicine, medical technology and the automation of biotechnology.



Bioregion BioRegioN
Location Lower Saxony
Contact Person Dr. Maike Rochon
R&D-Focus neuroscience, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, translational medicine, molecular diagnostics, biotechnology, refining of carbohydrates, implantology, audiology, biophotonics

Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks

Regional cluster:
Hannover, Braunschweig, Göttingen, Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Cuxhaven

Thematic competence networks:
Biomedical Technology and Regenerative, Medicine (BiomeTI e.V., NZ-BMT, REBIRTH, SFB 599, Transregio 37), Infection Research and Translational, Medicine (TRAIN), DFG Research Center Molecular, Physiology of the Brain, Audiology (AIN)

Number of companies in the BioRegion

about 200

BioRegioN is the network initiative for life sciences in Lower Saxony. We connect partners from the worlds of business, science and politics with the main goal to bring the tremendous potential for excellent research results effectively to the market.

Our activities focus on supporting and advising regional companies, universities and research institutions in the fields of biotechnology, regenerative medicine and biomedical technology. We provide up-to-date information on trends and developments in the life sciences sector, as well as on funding and cooperation opportunities for our network partners. We also initiate innovative research and development projects at EU-, federal- and state level.

BioPharmaCluster South Germany


Bioregion BioPharmaCluster South Germany
Location Baden-Württemberg
Contact Person Walter Pytlik
R&D-Focus Development and production of biopharmaceuticals; cellular differentiation, regenerative medicine
Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks BioPharMaXX Cluster; Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm
Number of companies in the BioRegion ca. 100

    The BioPharma Cluster South Germany is a world-leading biotech location and the heart of biopharmaceutical development and production. In a national comparison, almost half of the biopharmaceutical active ingredients approved throughout the EU are produced at the site. The region between Ulm and Lake Constance is one of the highest-turnover and most important research, development and production locations of the (bio)pharmaceutical industry in Germany. The spatial concentration of companies that represent all parts of the biopharmaceutical value chain is unique.

    BioRegion Würzburg


    Bioregion BioRegion Wuerzburg
    Location Wuerzburg

    Contact Person

    Dr. Christian Andersen, Dr. Gerhard Frank
    R&D-Focus Infection biology; nanobiotechnology; biotechnology; microbiology; immunology; biomedical research
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Innovation and Entrepreneur Center Wuerzburg (IGZ); University of Wuerzburg; Fraunhofer ISC
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 60

    The Innovation and Entrepreneur Center (IGZ) in Wuerzburg represents one of the major biotech clusters in the Free State of Bavaria. Main topics in this bioregion are biotechnology and biomedicine , medical technology and nanotechnology. The bioregion and the IGZ are located at the Science Park in Wuerzburg, an area of 70,000 square meters reserved for the settlement of high-tech companies and service providers located in the east of Wuerzburg. Here, some 2,500 square meters of laboratory space with adequate technical infrastructure, and about 3,000 square meters of office space are available for high-tech companies. The bioregion benefits from its proximity to the university and university hospital, the university of applied sciences, and numerous research facilities.

    BioRiver – Life Science im Rheinland e.V.


    Bioregion BioRiver – Life Science im Rheinland e.V.
    Location Düsseldorf, Germany
    Contact Person Dr. Frauke Hangen
    R&D-Focus Diagnostics/Analytics, Pharmacological research, Drug development, Enzyme Technology, Aging associated deseases, Plant breeding and science, Medical Technology
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks CLIB2021 – Cluster for Industrial Biotechnology, HealthRegion Cologne Bonn
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 208 life science companies, about120 biotech companies

    History: Since 2004 BioRiver is the active network organisation for the life science industry in the Rhine region between Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn and Aachen. Independent from public funding, the initiative is financed by its members.

    Objectives: BioRiver catalyses intensive knowledge transfer between academic research and companies and sees to an additional marketing for the members and the region. Furthermore the organisation successfully aims to improve the political awareness and financial general conditions.

    Actions:  Besides network activities, meetings and information BioRiver realises the by the order of BIO.NRW. Many of the BioRiver projects stand out by their making in cooperation with local, regional or other partners.     

    BioRN Network e. V.


    Bioregion BioRN Network e. V.
    Location Rhein-Main-Neckar Region
    Contact Person Dr. Julia Schaft
    R&D-Focus Basic research, drug discovery and drug development, especially in the fields of cell biology, molecular biology, oncology and immunology. Another focus is on biomarker research for diagnostics and personalized medicine. Technical focus is on latest imaging and omics technologies
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (MMPU),
    National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg,
    KiTZ – Hopp’s Children Cancer Centre Heidelberg
    HEiKA – Heidelberg-Karlsruhe Strategic Partnership
    Leading-Edge Cluster “Cell-based and molecular medicine”
    Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience Heidelberg/Mannheim
    Hearth Center Heidelberg
    HIRO: National Center for Radiation Oncology
    Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences (IZN),
    International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC)
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 200 Biotech Companies
    30 Pharmaceutical Companies
    100 MedTech Companies
    150 Professional Services and Consulting
    (Source: Biotechgate)

    BioRN is the science and industry cluster of the Rhine-Main-Neckar region around Heidelberg, one of Germany’s strongest biotech hubs. It is a non-profit network fostering health innovations and serving its members by creating a rich translational ecosystem as well as promoting, representing and connecting the regional innovation stakeholders.

    Our mission is to develop the region into a world-leading life science cluster attracting international investments and top global talent.

    BioRN has about 120 institutional members, including the top academic and research institutions, 8 global pharmaceutical companies, a large range of small and medium-sized enterprises bolstering the life science ecosystem as well as local government organizations and interest groups.
    BioRN Cluster management establishes initiatives to nurture and extend networks between its members - the key regional innovation stakeholders. It stands for the promotion and visibility of the Life Science region and fosters connections to other regions of innovation worldwide. It also provides translation support, especially by leveraging the unique combination of global pharma and leading academic institutions in the region.

    Founded in 1996 BioRN has since raised more than 70 million € of public funding for its members. It was instrumental in the successful bid for the European Institute of Technology (EIT) KIC Healthy Living and Ageing in 2014 with a total grant of 700 million €

    biosaxony e. V.


    Bioregion biosaxony e.V.
    Location Saxony
    Contact Person Thekla Herzog
    R&D-Focus regenerative medicine/therapy, molecular bioengineering, diagnostics, nano-biotechnology, industrial biotechnology
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks: BioInnovationsZentrum Dresden, BIO CITY Leipzig, CRTD (DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies in Dresden), TRM Leipzig (Translational Center of Regenerative Medicine), Biotechnological–biomedical centre of the University of Leipzig, Biotechnological Centre (BIOTEC) of the Technical University of Dresden
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 47 Core Biotechs, 65 Core Biotechs plus biotech-related businesses, 80 with pharma businesses

    biosaxony e.V. is a registered association representing biotechnology and related areas from materials science to medical equipment throughout the German region of Saxony. The members represent the various life science companies, research centers and representatives of the sector in Saxony. The aims of biosaxony e.V. are to initiate projects between industry and science, to network services and expertise, and to leverage synergies to boost the development of the biotech industry and publicize the region’s expertise

    Cluster für Individualisierte ImmunIntervention e. V. (Ci3)


    Bioregion Ci3 Cluster für Individualisierte Immunintervention e. V. (Ci3)
    Location Metropolitan area Rhine-Main
    Contact Person Dr. Andrea Schilz
    R&D-Focus Development of stratified and individualized immunotherapies, biomarker and diagnostic products in indications like cancer, autoimmune diseases and infections.

    Vaccine, Antibodies, RNA Therapeutics, Adoptive Cell Therapies, Bioinformatic
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks CIMT Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium, Fraunhofer ICT-IMM, Georg-Speyer-Haus, Loewe Center for Cell and Gene Therapy Frankfurt, MPI for Polymer Research, Paul ehrlich Institute, TRON-Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Leading-Edge Cluster Ci3
    Number of companies in the BioRegion approx. 90

    The Cluster for Individualized ImmuneIntervention (Ci3) bundles the outstanding expertise in the Rhine-Main cluster region in the area of biotechnology-based individualized medicine focusing on immune therapies and diagnostics. Ci3 is the integrative element across the entire value chain, from early innovation to production, marketing and application, and connects more than 120 stakeholders from industry, research, medical care providers and politics. Supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), through currently more than 25 R&D projects Ci3 katalysis the development of new efficient immune interventions for stratified and individualised markets in the field of cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases.

    Freiburg / BioValley


    Bioregion Freiburg / BioValley
    Location Upper Rhine region in the border triangle of Germany,  France and Switzerland
    Contact Person
    Dr. Michael Richter
    R&D-Focus Plant Biotechnology, Tissue Engineering, Oncology, Immunology, Molecular, Biology / Molecular Medicine, Neurosciences, Biomimetic, Nanotechnology, Systems Biology, Material Sciences
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Regional cluster:
    Partner of trinational BioValley

    Thematic competence networks:
    Neuroscience Upper Rhine Network (neurex), Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg (bccn), Centre for Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Research (ZBMZ), Center for Biological Systems Analysis (ZBSA), Competence Network Biomimetics Freiburg, Excellence Cluster “Center of Biological Signalling Studies” (bioss)
    Number of companies in the BioRegion The Upper Rhine is a globally unique cross-border life sciences cluster with one of the highest densities of activities involving life sciences in the world with approx. 600 companies (including 40% of the biggest pharmaceuticals companies in the world).

    Freiburg BioRegion, an attractive and dynamic region offering a high quality of life, is located in Germany but is close to both France and Switzerland. It is a partner of the trinational BioValley – Life Sciences and Medical Technologies Cluster which combines the biotechnological potential of the centres in Freiburg (D), Basle (CH) and Strasbourg (F).

    HealthCapital Berlin Brandenburg, Cluster Life Sciences / Healthcare Industries


    Bioregion HealthCapital Berlin Brandenburg, Cluster Life Sciences / Healthcare Industries
    Standort Berlin-Brandenburg
    Ansprechpartner: Dr. Kai Bindseil, Cluster Manager Life Sciences / Healthcare Industries
    F&E-Fokus active ingredient development, molecular diagnostics and bioanalytics, regenerative medicine, proteomic and genomic research, and some fields of industrial biotechnology
    Ausgewählte Regionale und
    thematische Cluster/ Kompetenz-Zentren:
    Regenerative Medicine Initiative Berlin; Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Bioanalytics (ZMDB); DiagnostikNet-BBNutriAct; Network for Drug Discovery & Development Berlin-Brandenburg (NetDDD); RiNA RNA-Network; Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies BCRT; NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence Berlin
    Anzahl der Unternehmen in der BioRegion 230 biotech companies, 30 pharmaceutical companies

    The Berlin-Brandenburg region is one of the leading life sciences and healthcare industries centers in the world. The region’s main strengths are its unique concentration of science, clinics and business and the close network they maintain. Numerous technology parks and networks in different fields, above all biotechnology and medical technology, create an ideal infrastructure for transforming the latest scientific findings into innovative products for the healthcare sector. HealthCapital is the central contact and coordination office for all issues concerning biotechnology in the German capital region.

    Hessen (Hessen-Biotech)


    Bioregion Hessen (Hessen-Biotech)
    Location Hessen
    Contact Person Dr. Janin Sameith
    R&D-Focus drug development (from basic research, preclinical, and scale-up to manufacturing)

    areas of major importance:
    metabolism, inflammation, pain, oncology, central nervous system

    Development and production of vaccines, industrial biotechnology, especially in applications in fine and specialty chemistry medical technoloogy
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Regional cluster:
    Central Hessen Region (Marburg, Gießen); vaccines, plasma products, diagnostics, Southern Hessen (Frankfurt, Darmstadt); pharmaceutical R&D, industrial biotechnology

    Thematic competence network:
    CIB Cluster Integrated Bioindustry Frankfurt: industrial biotechnology, TIMM: Technologie und Innovation – Medizinregion Mittelhessen
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 225

    As a leading Biotechnology Center in Europe, Hessen offers unsurpassed opportunities for the biotechnology industry – a concentrated network of higher education and research institutes combined with a vast pool of highly qualified life sciences personnel.

    In order to promote the biotechnology industry, the Hessian Ministry for the Economy has established “Hessen-Biotech” as a central coordination point.


    • Offers up-to-date industry information (studies, “Hessen-Biotech NEWS” and Hessen’s online biotech industry directory “Competence Atlas Hessen-Biotech”.
    • Connects and advises biotechnology companies: Facilitate information exchange between Hessen’s companies, colleges, universities and research institutions.
    • Is a communication platform: Organizing cooperative booths at international trade fairs as well as symposiums, workshops and congresses on current biotechnology discussion topics.

      Hessen-Biotech is administered and managed by the Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH in Wiesbaden.
    Thuringia (InfectoGnostics Forschungscampus Jena e.V.)


    Bioregion Thuringia (InfectoGnostics Forschungscampus Jena e.V.)
    Location Jena
    Contact Person Jens Hellwage, PhD
    R&D-Focus infectious diseases, Optics, Diagnostics
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks InfectoGnostics Research Campus,  Optonet, TGZ Gera, Medways
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 110 companies in Life Sciences with approx. 300 suppliers

    The InfectoGnostics research campus is a public-private partnership developing new methods in infection diagnostics. In a triad of technology, application and production, more than 30 partners from science, medicine and industry are developing marketable solutions for rapid and cost-effective on-site analysis (point-of-care testing) of infections in human medicine, animal diseases, and pathogen detection in food.
    In Thuringia there are approx. 60 biotech companies (manufacturers and service suppliers) with a company focus mainly on medical and pharmaceutical applications. With about 50 medical technology companies and 300 suppliers, the medical technology sector is one of the most innovative in Thuringia. The field is deeply rooted in traditional industries such as optics, precision engineering and pharmaceutical industries. The interdisciplinary orientation of the Thuringian research landscape provides a good foundation for R&D activities in the field of Life Sciences. Universities, research institutes, and clinics are available to collaborate with corporate partners.

    Life Science Nord


    Bioregion Life Science Nord
    Location Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein
    Contact Person Dr. Hinrich Habeck (Managing Director)
    Dr. Thomas Frahm
    Maike Honold
    R&D-Focus Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Pharmaceutics
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks Molecular Imaging: Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI), Molecular Imaging Center North (MOIN CC), Universität zu Lübeck, UKE

    Drug Screening: Fraunhofer IME Screeningport, NEU2, DESY

    Infection and hygiene: University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH), Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI), Heinrich Pette Institute for Experimental
    Virology and Immunology (HPI), Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) German Center for Infection Research Borstel, Exzellenzcluster Inflammation at Interfaces

    Knochenheilung: UKSH, UKE, CAU, Berufsgenossenschaftliches Unfallkrankenhaus BUK Boberg, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH)

    Marine Biotechnologie: Fraunhofer- Einrichtung für  Marine Biotechnologie (EMB), Kieler Wirkstoff Zentrum (KIWIZ)

    BioMedTec Wissenschaftscampus
    Industrielle Zelltechnologie (Industrial Cell Technology)
    Industrielle Biotechnologie Nord (IBN),
    Center for Applied Nanotechnology (CAN)
    Number of companies in the BioRegion about 500

    The two North German states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg stand out for their broad base of companies and for the presence of a complete value chain in the life sciences.

    Under the umbrella of Life Science Nord, the cluster agency Life Science Nord Management GmbH and the Life Science North e.V. association work together towards the goal of further developing the Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein region into an internationally leading Life Science Network.

    For this purpose, roughly 200 companies and research institutes have organised themselves as active members and advocates of Life Science Nord­­ e.V. The association bundles the common positions and interests of these players in the biomedical sciences and the medical technology and biotechnology / pharmaceutical industries. As an additional benefit, the association offers its supporting members a partner programme in cooperation with the cluster management.

    The cluster organization Life Science Nord Management GmbH initiates strategic projects and supports the promotion of companies, science and institutes with an emphasis on innovative medicine. As a cluster management, it connects business and research in the north, thereby bringing to companies the expertise from universities and research facilities as well as its network of close contacts. Additionally, the management is responsible for representing the regional life sciences on national and international levels. Life Science Nord is represented in the Council of German BioRegions by Life Science Nord Management GmbH, TuTech Innovation GmbH and WTSH Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein.

    MedLife e.V.


    Bioregion MedLife e.V.
    Location Aachen
    Contact Person Dipl. Ing. Christa Roos
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Network Aachener Kompetenzzentrum Medizintechnik (AKM), innovating medical technology (, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 81

    MedLife is the network of life sciences in the technology region of Aachen. Following the fusion of LifeTecAachen-Jülich e.V. with the Aachen Centre of Competence for Medical Technology (AKM) a powerful branch association was formed that includes more than 80 members.
    We offer events and services within the sectors of medical technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and health management.

    We are the contact for entrepreneurs and scientists, who seek exchange with other protagonists in life sciences as well as proficient consulting and support regarding innovative plans and business ideas.
    Our goal is to expand MedLife e.V. to an agile network across locations that cover the entire value chain in life sciences, from ideas up to the market-ready product.

    NanoBioNet e. V.


    Bioregion NanoBioNet e. V.
    Location Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate
    Contact Person Dr. Ralph Nonninger
    R&D-Focus nanochemistry, nanobiotechnology, new materials, pharmaceutical biotechnology, medical biotechnology, cryotechnology/cellbanking
    Selected Regional /Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks SSaarbrücken, St. Ingbert, Homburg, Kaiserlautern, Wendelsheim, Mainz
    Number of companies in the BioRegion 23

    cc-NanoBioNet is a network connecting universities, research institutes, hospitals, and companies. The non-profit association was founded to enhance the communication between research, economy, politics and the public. Our goal is to:

    • create new, innovative, and marketable products and workplaces,
    • create and provide nanobiotechnological teaching contents for all education levels,
    • support research and development
    • inform the public about the exciting world of nanobiotechnology.

    Our key issues are

    • chemical nanotechnology
    • nanobiotechnology
    • pharmaceutical biotechnology and
    • nanoethics and nanosafety
    Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH


    Bioregion Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH
    Location Heidelberg
    Contact Person Dr. André H.R. Domin
    R&D Focus Biotechnology, Pharma, organic electronics, environmental technology, printed electronics and IT
    Selected Regional/Thematic Clusters/Competence Networks BMBF Spitzencluster Forum Organic Electronics im Heidelberger InnovationLab
    BioRN Cluster Management GmbH
    BioRN Network e.V.
    BIO Deutschland, Berlin
    Bundesverband Deutscher Innovations-, Technologie- und Gründerzentren e. V. (BVIZ), Berlin
    Gesellschaft internationaler Wissenschaftsparks (IASP), Malaga, Spanien
    Organisation der Biotechnologie-Industrie (BIO), Washington DC, USA
    Number of companies in the BioRegion With an area of 80,000 m² and more than 90 companies and research facilities, the Heidelberg Technology Park is one of the most important biotechnology locations in Germany and one of the world's leading biotechnology centers.

    The Techologiepark Heidelberg was founded in 1984 as the first science park in Germany with a life science focus. Through its growth in the fields of biotechnology, pharmatechnology, environmental technology, printed electronics, as well as IT, it has been able to expand into five locations. The Technologiepark supports the exchange between research and industry and spin-offs from science with the necessary infrastructure. By working closely with internationally active partners, it offers local businesses a large network. A further location, the 7000 m² Business Development Center Organic Electronics, will be opened in the Heidelberg Innovation Park in the middle of 2019.