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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
approx. 400,000
approx. 32 bn. €
annual turnover

The capital region is one of the most important healthcare industry locations in Germany with approx. 330 medical technology and 255 biotech companies, 34 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?

„In 2008 we very consciously decided in favor of Berlin, because we wanted to be closer to healthcare policy-makers. Moreover, the Berlin-Brandenburg region offers excellent biomedical research - you won't find a similar cluster of research facilities anywhere else in Germany. Having top-ranked research so close at hand is one of the signature features of the region. At the same time, a vibrant, international startup scene is emerging here that we find quite exciting. (...) And of course we also enjoy the city's vitality, international flavor and cultural diversity. Our employees really appreciate that, and we are glad to have found a home here in the heart of the city.“

Peter Albiez
Peter Albiez Lead Patient & Physician Engagement at Pfizer Germany GmbH

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:

  • 34 pharmaceuticals companies with approx. 11,000 employees
  • approx. 255 biotech companies with about 6,200 employees
  • approx. 330 medical technology companies with about 14,400 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, 2021)

Industry leaders headquartered in the capital region

  • Ada Health
  • B. Braun
  • Bayer
  • Berlin-Chemie
  • Berlin Heart
  • Carl Zeiss Meditec
  • Cerner
  • CompuGroup Medical
  • Doctolib
  • Eckert & Ziegler
  • Ottobock
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi
  • Karl Storz Endoskope
  • Takeda
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (B·R·A·H·M·S)
  • Zimmer Biomet
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The healthcare industries in the capital region

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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 (in German).

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

In 2019, the gross value chain of the industrial health economy (IGW) in Berlin amounted to 20.1 billion euros and contributed 14.6% to the whole gross value chain of the health economy.

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