The healthcare industry in NRW
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The healthcare industry in NRW

The healthcare industry in North Rhine-Westphalia is a prime mover for growth and innovation. North Rhine-Westphalian enterprises figure prominently on the international stage, above all in the medical engineering sector. The pharmaceuticals industry with its numerous global players is a defining feature of the healthcare industry in NRW. Close cooperation between science and industry is a key success factor. Six university hospitals plus numerous non-university research establishments not only maintain scientific excellence but also provide state-of-the-art training for tomorrow's healthcare professionals.

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Healthcare industry in NRW | Quick Facts

1.3 m

More than 1.3 million people are employed in the healthcare sector in NRW.

1 bn €

Around 200 medical technology companies (the majority of which are SMEs) generate sales of nearly €1 billion.


In NRW there are around 4,400 pharmacies, nearly 2,400 outpatient care providers and over 2,450 nursing homes.

World's largest medical trade show takes place in NRW: MEDICA

MEDICA trade fair takes place in NRW

Every year trade visitors from all over the world gather at MEDICA – the World Forum for Medicine – which focuses on medical technology, electro-medicine, laboratory equipment, diagnostics and medical products. More than 5,200 exhibitors of 71 nations focused on the latest trends and showcased products, processes and services for the complete spectrum of inpatient and outpatient care.


Healthcare enterprises in NRW

The healthcare industry in NRW encompasses large international corporations as well as highly specialized SMEs. Their activities focus on pharmaceuticals, life science and medical engineering:

3M, Medtronic, UCB Pharma, Bayer HealthCare.

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Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4
40219 Düsseldorf

Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.


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