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Center for world class biotechnology

As a biotech region, Berlin ranks among the leaders in Europe.

230 biotech companies with about 5,300 employees research and develop new products and processes, particularly in the field of red biotechnology.

The city is unique in Europe for its many independent research institutions working outside of a university context. Nowhere else is such variety to be found in such concentration, and nowhere else is research performed at such levels of excellence. Together, these institutes provide an exceptional platform for innovation, which is aided further by their close ties to partners in the industry. Moreover, the capital’s over 130 hospitals and contract research organizations (CROs) provide excellent opportunities for collaborating on clinical studies.

Every year, 3,000 people graduate from Berlin's universities with degrees in fields related to the life sciences. This, together with the targeted promotion of further education opportunities in the capital region, ensures a good supply of highly qualified specialists and managers for the biotech industry.

To name but a few examples, successful companies that are located in Berlin are:

  • Epigenomics,
  • Glycotope,
  • JPT Peptide Technologies,
  • Metanomics,
  • ProBioGen und
  • ifp Institut für Produktqualität.

But there are other advantages, too. A strong group of closely networked, research-based pharmaceutical companies includes major international players like:

  • Bausch + Lomb, 
  • Bayer AG,
  • Berlin-Chemie (Menarini Group),
  • Pfizer,
  • Sanofi und
  • Takeda.


Early on, industry players were quick to create specialized networks designed to bring together and effectively use the significant expertise and resources available in the region. These networks have contributed tremendously to Berlin's emergence as one of the major life sciences hubs in Europe.

Science and business networks

Berlin-Brandenburg region

BioResponse e.V.
Network of business and scientific communities in the field of multi-parameter diagnostics in the Lausitz region and beyond.

Companion Diagnostics Network
Network of diagnostics and device manufacturers, suppliers and handlers from clinics, routine laboratories and research institutions from the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Diagnostiknet BB
Network of diagnostics and device manufacturers, suppliers and handlers from clinics, routine laboratories and research institutions from the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

European Diagnostic Clusters Alliance (EDCA)

GlykoNet Berlin-Brandenburg
Transfer platform in the field of glycobiology in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

IBA – Integrated Bioanalytics Network
Development of innovative technical processes, devices and device systems for highly sensitive and specific detection of biological substances (large molecules) and substances with low molecular weight (small molecules).

Imaging Network Berlin (INB)
Innovative platform for interdisciplinary experience and information exchange between participants in the fields of medicine, bio- and nanotechnology, medical technology and information technology.

Linking of diagnostic data with telemedical applications.

Polymer technology for applied medical technology (PolyMed)
Plastic processing procedures for medical products.

RMIB – Regenerative Medicine Initiative Berlin-Brandenburg
Regional communication platform - networking of companies and research institutions in the field of regenerative medicine (RegMed).

ZMDB – Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Bioanalytics
Technology transfer platform in the field of diagnostics and bioanalytics in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.


BPI – Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie e.V. (German Pharmaceutical Industry Association)
Association of classic pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical service providers, companies in the fields of biotechnology, herbal medicinal products and homeopathy/anthroposophy.

Dechema – Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V. (German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)
Network for chemical engineering and biotechnology in Germany.

VDGH – Verband der Diagnostica-Industrie e.V. (German Diagnostics Industry Association)
Trade association of diagnostics manufacturers and life science research firms in Germany

Vfa – Verband Forschender Arzneimittelhersteller e.V. (Association of Researching Pharmaceutical Manufacturers)
Trade association of researching pharmaceutical companies in Germany.

Vfa Bio
Biotechnology interests in the Vfa.