Biotechnology in NRW
North Rhine-Westphalia boasts a first-class scientific research base, numerous internationally successful SMEs and a globally active chemical and pharmaceutical industry. In NRW the focus is on diagnostics and analytics, pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, enabling technologies, and services. The innovations originating in the biotech sector find their way into wide-ranging applications – e.g. in healthcare/medicine, the chemical industry, food production and environmental protection.
|… that NRW accounts for more biotech patent applications than any other European region – by a wide margin?||… that QIAGEN developed the world's most reliable test for cervical cancer screening at its research center in NRW?|
- Around 400 life science companies, one quarter of which have proven biotech credentials, are based in NRW.
- 87 core biotech companies generate more than 50 percent of the total German sales revenues in this segment (2013 = €2.9 billion).
- 24 of the 60 technology centers in NRW are geared specifically to biotech companies.
- Biotechnology and related subjects are taught at 27 universities and colleges in NRW. In addition, more than 20 non-university institutes are engaged in biotechnology research.
Leading center for innovation in Europe
In terms of the number of biotechnology patent applications North Rhine-Westphalia ranks number one in Europe – and number nine worldwide. According to Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (March 2014), NRW (and Germany as a whole) occupies a top position in the European 'red biotech' sector (medical/pharmaceutical biotechnology).
Biotechnology companies in NRW
NRW is home to numerous global heavyweights that are active in biotechnology and other sectors. In addition, numerous dynamic specialist biotech enterprises are located NRW:
|AiCuris||Bayer||Celonic||DIREVO Industrial Biotechnology|
|evocatal||Evonik Industries AG||Grünenthal||Miltenyi Biotech|
BIO.NRW Cluster Biotechnologie Nordrhein-Westfalen
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Visit us at the joint stand of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in hall B5 | stand 102-103/202
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