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The Baden-Württemberg healthcare industry

The biotechnology sector

Baden-Württemberg is currently home to 174 biotech 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 135 of the 174 biotechnology companies for 2016:

  • The companies achieved taxable revenues of 4.2 billion euros with a total of 18,751 employees.

  • The sector is characterised by micro and small companies: 96% of the companies had less than 250 employees, 65 of the 135 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 (44), the southern Upper Rhine region (28) and the Neckar-Alb region (15) 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).

Therapeutics 30%, Analytics 41%, Biotech Services 37%, Contract research/development 27%, Contract production 26%, Supplier 22%, 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