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The Baden-Württemberg healthcare industry

The pharmaceutical industry

Baden-Württemberg is Germany’s largest pharma location. In addition to industry giants such as Roche, GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim, Baden-Württemberg is home to a large number of small- and medium-sized pharmaceutical companies and biotech companies with pharmaceutical R&D. According to the Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office, one in four employees in the pharmaceutical industry work in Baden-Württemberg.

The pharmaceutical industry continues to be a recession-proof employer and is very loyal to Baden-Württemberg. According to BIOPRO 128 pharmaceutical companies are located in Baden-Württemberg. Of them, 42 companies are pure distributors or suppliers. 86 of the 128 pharmaceutical companies carry out research, development and/or manufacture in Baden-Württemberg. The Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office has been able to acquire key figures for 2016 for 83 out of the 86 companies:

  • The companies had 20,458 employees and generated taxable revenues of 6.7 billion euros
  • 65 companies (78%) had less than 250 employees.
  • 70% of revenue (4.7 billion euros) were generated by the 18 companies with more than 250 employees.
  • Most pharmaceutical companies are located in the southern Upper Rhine region (15) and the central Upper Rhine and Hochrhein-Bodensee regions (14 each).

Danube-Iller and Rhine-Neckar are the two regions with the highest revenues. Companies in the Donau-Iller region generated 28% of overall revenues and companies in the Rhine-Neckar region, 18%.

Phytopharmaceuticals 26%, Homeopathy 23%, Classical pharmaceuticals 22 %, Contract production 15%, Contract research 14%, Generic drugs 9%
Fields of activity of pharmaceutical 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/pharma