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An innovative hub of pharmaceutical manufacturers

Berlin's pharmaceutical companies generate around 13 percent of the overall turnover in pharmaceuticals in Germany, making Berlin the capital of the pharmaceutical industry.

The colossal growth of the pharmaceuticals sector in the German capital makes this industry the driving force behind the upswing of the Berlin economy. The exceptional opportunities for cooperating with renowned universities, research institutions and biotechnology companies are an excellent basis on which to pursue innovative projects for the future. Currently, roughly 30 pharmaceutical companies have their offices in the capital region, employing around 10,000 people.

Why Berlin?

„The Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan area is a unique place inside the German healthcare sector. Nowhere else in Germany will you find a comparable concentration of world class science, hospitals and industry. This cross-functional cluster turns the German capital region into a true magnet for healthcare investments in Europe.“

Stefan Oelrich
Stefan OelrichMember of the Board of Management
President Pharmaceuticals
Bayer AG

The pharmaceutical industry in Berlin

  • generates almost 27 % of the turnover and around 40 % of the foreign sales of the manufacturing industry.
  • makes up more than 10 % of the employees in the manufacturing industry.
  • is responsible for 11 % of all investments in the manufacturing industry.

(Sources: Federal Statistics Office (Statistisches Bundesamt), Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office (Statistisches Landesamt Berlin-Brandenburg), IW Köln)

Pharmaceutical companies in Berlin

The biotechnological expertise in the region, the excellent scientific environment and clinical research landscape, not to mention its central location at the heart of Europe, make Berlin attractive for global pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies that are located in the capital region include:

Global playersSuccessful medium-sized pharmaceutical companies
  • Bausch + Lomb/Valeant Pharmaceuticals
  • Bayer AG
  • Berlin-Chemie (Menarini Group)
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi
  • Shire Deutschland
  • Takeda
  • Aenova/Haupt Pharma Berlin
  • Aristo Pharma
  • Dr. Kade Pharmazeutische Fabrik
  • Heyl chemisch pharmazeutische Fabrik
  • Klosterfrau Berlin
  • PenCef (Next Pharma Gruppe)
  • Riemser Pharma
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