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The Baden-Württemberg healthcare industry

Medical technology

Medical technology is indispensible for human health and contributes a great deal to improving the quality of our lives. The field of medical technology covers many areas. These range from simple disposable products and consumables such as dressing materials and other clinical supplies, to IT-related telemedicine, homecare and eHealth systems as well as high-technology and innovative robotics, imaging, diagnostics and life-support systems. 838 companies research, develop and/or produce in Baden-Württemberg, which makes it one of the leading locations in this field in Europe.

In the context of a statistical analysis in 2019, carried out by BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH and the Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office, figures from 2017 were extracted for 797 out of 838 medical technology companies listed in the BIOPRO company database.

  • The companies and their 50,430 employees generated taxable revenues of 13.5 billion euros.
  • Around half of the companies had less than 10 employees; they generated 2% of the sector's taxable revenues.
  • One third of the companies had between 10 and 49 employees.
  • 34 companies (4%) had more than 250 employees; they generated 70% of the taxable revenues.
  • The highest regional concentration of medical technology companies is to be found in the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg region centred on the city of Tuttlingen.

Baden-Württemberg has a diverse medical technology industry with a spectrum ranging from traditional medical technology such as surgical instruments, implants, endoscopes, dental products and patient diagnostics to eHealth and telemedicine applications. It is also home to big companies such as Aesculap/B. Braun Melsungen, Bruker BiopSin and STRATEC Biomedical. The Baden-Württemberg medical technology sector is a very traditional but extremely innovative industry that mainly consists of small- and medium-sized companies. The sector benefits from close links with the state's well-positioned biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry sectors.

Surgical instruments 37%, Therapeutic systems and devices 19%, Implants and exoprotheses 16%, Endoscopy 14%, Dental products 12%, Consumables 12%, Patient and point-of-care diagnostics 10%, Hygiene, sterilisation, protection equipment 10%, eHealth and telemedicine 10%, Practice and hospital equipment 6%, In-vitro diagnostics 6%, Imaging techniques 6%, Optical and laser systems 4%, Anesthetic and respiratory devices 2%
Fields of activity of medical technology 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/medtech