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Healthcare industries and life science

The healthcare industry is one of the major economic sectors of the capital region, employing one out of eight Berliners.

approx. 22,500
companies
approx. 400,000
employees
approx. 32 bn. €
annual turnover

The capital region is one of the most important healthcare industry locations in Germany with approx. 350 medical technology and 280 biotech companies, 35 pharmaceuticals companies, and more than 145 hospitals and clinics. Health promotion, disease prevention, and healthcare all benefit from the region's many organizations active in the healthcare economy and research.

Why Berlin?

„Berlin offers an outstanding ecosystem for the life sciences. The city is home to excellent universities, including the Charité, numerous research institutes, and networks for cutting-edge research on artificial intelligence. The concentration of all these elements in Berlin creates an attractive hub for scientific excellence and innovation.“

Prof. Maike Sander
Prof. Maike Sander Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center

Photo: © Peter Himsel

World market leaders, renowned scientists, first-class clinics, innovative start-ups, and specialists from all over the world work together daily to deliver world-class services for the regional and global healthcare markets. The strengths of the region include especially the unique research and clinical landscape and the close networking between the worlds of research, clinical care, industry, politics, and professional associations. Also the key German interface to the IT industry, the capital region offers the best conditions for the development and application of digital health solutions.

Whether it's medical care, rehabilitation, or nursing, patients of all ages and from all over the world find efficient and well-networked medical care of the highest standard in Berlin-Brandenburg.

Berlin ranks among the world's leading healthcare industry clusters

Partners in the healthcare industry located in Berlin include: Legislators and government, leading associations, industry, cutting-edge research, clinics, health insurance and patient lobbying groups, training institutions, and innovative startups. Complementary fields such as IT, optics, and materials research are also concentrated in the capital region.

Facts & Figures:

  • 35 pharmaceuticals companies with approx. 12,340 employees
  • approx. 280 biotech companies with about 7,180 employees
  • more than 355 medical technology companies with about 14,700 employees
  • more than 145 hospitals with more than 35,800 beds
  • around 30 inpatient rehabilitation facilities, almost 1,000 inpatient care facilities, around 1,400 nursing and care services
  • the Charité, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe
  • the largest hospital laboratory in Europe: Labor Berlin - Charité Vivantes GmbH
  • 8 technology parks focusing on the life sciences

(Source: Survey of Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, 2022)

Industry leaders headquartered in the capital region

  • B. Braun Melsungen AG
  • Bayer AG
  • Berlin-Chemie AG
  • Berlin Heart GmbH
  • BIOTRONIK SE & Co.KG
  • Bruker Nano GmbH
  • Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
  • Cerner Health Services Deutschland GmbH
  • Eckert & Ziegler AG
  • Karl Storz Endoskope GmbH
  • Pfizer Pharma GmbH
  • Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
  • Takeda Pharma GmbH
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific GmbH

High-growth startups based in the capital region

  • Ada Health GmbH
  • Adrenomed AG
  • Aignostics GmbH
  • AMBOSS GmbH
  • „Cara Care“ HiDoc Technologies GmbH
  • „Clue“ BioWink GmbH
  • Doctolib GmbH
  • Lindera GmbH
  • mediaire GmbH
  • Selfapy GmbH
  • Tacalyx GmbH
  • ThinkSono GmbH
  • T-Knife GmbH
  • „Vara“ MX Healthcare GmbH
  • Heartbeat Medical / HRTBT Medical Solutions GmbH
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The healthcare industries in the capital region

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Interactive Map

Science and research

Some 40 institutions conducting research in the life sciences are in the region, including the University Hospital Charité, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane, the Berlin Institute for Health Research (BIH), and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, and other well-known Fraunhofer, Helmholtz, Leibniz, and Max Planck institutes in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Over 150 degree courses in health and life sciences at approx. 30 universities and colleges, including:

For more information about the degree programs, visit www.atlas-studium.de (in German).

Gross value created by the industrial health business and its share in the health economy

In 2020, the gross value chain of the industrial health economy (IGW) in Berlin amounted to 20 billion euros and contributed 14.1% to the whole gross value chain of the health economy.

(Source of data illustration: Cluster Gesundheitswirtschaft Berlin-Brandenburg – HealthCapital, Fact Sheet, 2022)