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 450 life science companies, more than 100 of which have proven biotech credentials, are based in NRW.
- In 2015, the biotechnology companies in North Rhine-Westphalia generated sales of over 1.66 billion euros with approx. 4,000 employees, equivalent to 44 percent of total German sales in this segment.
- 26 of the 60 technology centers in NRW are geared specifically to biotech companies.
- With a total of 46 universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research facilities in the field of biotechnology, North Rhine-Westphalia, together with the aforementioned technology centers, has an excellent university and research network.
Leading center for innovation in Europe
NRW takes an international top position especially regarding the field of medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology, also known as Red Biotechnology. With NRW and Bavaria at the top, Germany leads the ranking of European bio-pharmaceutical locations in 2016 for the third time in a row. The top spot is based mainly on the high number of 507 patent applications as compared to the two next-ranked countries France and Switzerland.
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||Artes Biotechnology||AYOXXA Biosystems||DIREVO Industrial Biotechnology|
|Lonza Cologne||Miltenyi Biotec||Numaferm||SenseUp Technology|
BIO.NRW Cluster Biotechnologie Nordrhein-Westfalen
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