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.
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 2018 for the fifth time in a row. The top spot is based mainly on the high number of 627 patent applications and 174,000 employes.
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:
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