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The Baden-Württemberg healthcare industry

The biotechnology sector

Baden-Württemberg is currently home to 173 biotechnology companies. In addition to dedicated biotechnology companies, this also includes bioinformatics, diagnostics and analytics companies that use modern biotechnology methods or focus on biotechnological production.

On behalf of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, the Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office has extracted key figures for 143 of the 173 biotechnology companies for 2017:

  • The companies achieved taxable revenues of 4.2 billion euros with a total of 19,470 employees.

  • The sector is characterised by micro and small companies: 96% of the companies had less than 250 employees, 70 of the 143 companies surveyed had less than 10 employees.
  • Six companies had more than 250 employees and generated 86% of taxable revenues.

  • Most biotechnology companies were located in the Rhine-Neckar region (47), the southern Upper Rhine region (29) and the Neckar-Alb region (16) as well as the Donau-Iller region (15).
  • The two regions with the highest revenues were Donau-Iller (Biberach, Laupheim and Ulm) and Rhine-Neckar (Heidelberg, Mannheim).

Biotechnology is an important driver of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. Innovative spin-offs from the numerous universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg reflect the region’s inventiveness. 35 biotechnology companies were founded between 2015 and 2018.

Percentage of biotechnology companies in Baden-Württemberg in 2017 by employment size class © BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Analytics 39%, Biotech Services 35%, Consumable supplies and equipment 32%, Therapeutics 31%, Contract research/development 27%, Contract production 25%, Bioinformatics 17%
Fields of activity of biotechnology companies in Baden-Württemberg on the basis of data held in the BIOPRO company database (companies may have several fields of activity) © BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/location/biotech