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The Baden-Württemberg healthcare industry

At a glance

The Baden-Württemberg healthcare industry – a recession-proof employer that has strong ties with the region - is of key importance for the state. It comprises the biotechnology and medical technology sectors and the pharmaceutical industry. In 2017, the industry with over 90,500 employees generated revenues of over 24 billion euros.

With 1,078* companies involved in research, development and/or production, the healthcare industry is strongly represented in Baden-Württemberg. Referring to the number of companies, Baden-Württemberg has the largest number of biotechnology and medical technology companies of all the German federal states and, based on the number of employees, Baden-Württemberg is the number one pharmaceutical location in Germany.1, 2, 3 Baden-Württemberg's characteristic mix of small, medium-sized and large companies guarantees the stability of the region’s healthcare industry. Labour productivity figures and the number of skilled jobs also reflect stability and innovative capability.

Due to the presence of the entire value chain from research and development through to production and sales, the Baden-Württemberg healthcare industry benefits from optimal location factors. In addition, it is embedded into a dense network of (university) hospitals and research institutions.

Taxable revenues and employee figures in the healthcare industry in Baden-Württemberg were calculated by the Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office on the basis of data held in the BIOPRO company database, as long as the relevant data had been submitted to the Statistics Office at the time of the survey. The data used in the survey were taken from 2017. BIOPRO’s company database currently lists 173 biotechnology companies, 838 medical technology companies and 87 companies in the pharmaceutical industry, all of which carry out research, develop and/or produce in Baden-Württemberg (as of 7/2019). Figures were extracted for 143 biotechnology companies, 797 medical technology companies and 84 pharmaceutical companies. Wherever the survey found companies active in more than one sector, the key figures (revenues and employee numbers) are listed on a pro data basis. © BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH

Innovative spin-offs from the numerous universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg reflect the region’s inventiveness. In the healthcare industry 67 companies were founded between 2015 and 2018 .

The healthcare industry is the manufacturing high-tech sector, which makes above-average investments in research and development (R&D). High R&D investments are essential for these innovative industries.4

The gross value added of the Baden-Württemberg healthcare sector in 2017 amounted to 53.9 billion euros. Around a third of the 53.9 billion euros was generated by the healthcare industry.5

* For companies that are active in several economic sectors, the company was only counted once.

These figures were collected by BIOPRO and the Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office in 2019.

1 Die deutsche Biotechnologie-Branche 2019 – biotechnologie.de; BIOCOM AG | Abfrage 10/19

2 Die deutsche Medizintechnik-Industrie, SPECTARIS Jahrbuch 2018; SPECTARIS

3 Der Arzneimittelmarkt in Deutschland, Zahlen und Fakten 2018; Bundesverband der Arzneimittel-Hersteller e.V.

4 Innovationsatlas 2017 - Die Innovationskraft deutscher Wirtschaftsräume im Verlgeich (IW-Analysen Nr. 117); Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln Medien GmbH

5 Gesundheitswirtschaft Fakten & Zahlen, Ausgabe 2018 – Länderergebnisse der Gesundheitswirtschaftlichen Gesamtrechnung; Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)

Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/location/facts