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  • Being lytic is the feature of a bacteriophage leading to the destruction (lysis) of the host cell upon infection.

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. 818 companies research, develop and/or produce in Baden-Württemberg, which makes it one of the leading locations in this field in Europe.

A statistical analysis carried out by BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH and the Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office covers 783 out of the 818 medical technology companies listed in the BIOPRO company database.

  • The companies and their 46,373 employees generated taxable revenues of 11.7 billion euros.
  • Half of the companies had less than 10 employees; they generated 2.3 % of the sector's taxable revenues.
  • One third of the companies had between 10 and 49 employees.
  • 29 companies (around 4 %) had more than 250 employees; they generated 8.12 billion euros (69 %) of the taxable revenues.

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.

Percentage of medical technology companies in Baden-Württemberg in 2013 by employment size class. © BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH
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/