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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. 840 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 2018, carried out by BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH and the Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office, figures from 2016 were extracted for 799 out of 840 medical technology companies listed in the BIOPRO company database.

  • The companies and their 48,817 employees generated taxable revenues of 13.0 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.
  • 32 companies (4%) had more than 250 employees; they generated 8.9 billion euros (69%) 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.

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. Baden-Württemberg is also home to big companies such as Aesculap/B. Braun Melsungen, Bruker BiopSin and STRATEC Biomedical.

Surgical Instruments 37%, Therapeutic Systems and Devices 20%, Implants and xxoprothesis 16%, Endoscopy 15%, Dental products 13%, Consumables 12%, Patient diagnostics / Point-of-care 12%, 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