LIFE SCIENCES! - Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Pharmaceutical Industry

Saxony is one of Germany’s most dynamic life science regions today. In particular, vibrant clusters are emerging primarily around the technology centers BIO CITY LEIPZIG and BioInnovationCenter Dresden.

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At a Glance - Life Sciences in Saxony

Saxony is one of the most dynamic life sciences regions in Germany with more than 300 commercial enterprises and 30 research institutions with about 200 work groups and 15,500 employees from 40 countries are working on innovative solutions for human health here today. With 230 players (10,500 employees), the field of medical technology is structurally decisive for the sector in Saxony. The biotechnology sector includes 50 players, another 20 companies can be assigned to the pharmaceutical industry.

In addition, around 450 actors with 40,500 employees are active as suppliers or service providers for the life sciences sector. These are players from, for example, the metalworking industry, plastics technology, electrics / electronics, the software sector or measurement and sensor technology, who generate part of their sales in the life sciences sector (a total of EUR 3.4 billion).

Today, Saxony is also considered to be a national center of excellence for cell and gene therapies as well as regenerative medicine. And Saxony’s cancer research has gained international renown and repute, too – when it comes to both early diagnosis and innovative treatments. Thanks to the traditionally strong branch expertise in Saxony which is also available in the sectors micro and nano electronics, sensor technology, 5G mobile communication as well as 3D printing technology, Saxony’s life sciences branch develops growing competences for applications in the smart medical sector. Whether it be in the fields of telemedicine, point-of-care diagnostics, computer-assisted surgery, or health care robots – interdisciplinary knowledge is an important success factor for the entire branch.



BIO-Europe 2022


In 2022 BIO-Europe will be held in Leipzig, Germany, October 24–26. Take the opportunity to visit the conference and get to know the attractive life sciences region of Saxony at the same time. At Saxony's joint company booth, a total of 20 companies, research institutes and cluster organizations will present themselves.

If you are planning your trip to Leipzig, arrive a few days early and use the time to get to know the hotspots of the life sciences cluster in Dresden and Leipzig. The teams of the Saxony Trade & Invest and Germany Trade & Invest corporations offer you a free site visit program including B2B meetings with Saxon decision makers.


SAXONY! at the BIO-Europe 2022


The about 300 companies committed towards biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical technology focus on the fields of regenerative medicine (e.g. tissue engineering), diagnostics, molecular bioengineering, bioinformatics, long-term monitoring as well as implants and prostheses. 




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In Saxony, six universities provide specific bachelor’s and master’s programs of studies in the life science sector, for example, “Health Care Management” at the DIU – Dresden International University. High caliber interdisciplinary doctoral programs and graduate schools promote junior scientists – such as, for example, the doctoral program “IMPRS-CellDevoSys” (molecular cell biology, genetics) in Dresden or the graduate schools “BuildMoNa” (biomaterials) in Leipzig and “DIGS-BB” (biomedicine / bioengineering) in Dresden.


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With the Saxonian Incubator for Clinical Translation (SIKT) in Leipzig and the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD), two leading research centers for regenerative medicine are located in Saxony. In addition, three interdisciplinary innovation centers – B CUBE Dresden (molecular bioengineering), ICCAS Leipzig (computer-assisted surgery), and OncoRay Dresden (medical radiation research) – are also active in the region.


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The objectives pursued by the life sciences networks in Saxony include the initiation of projects linking business and research, the procurement of services and knowledge as well as the use of synergies for the continued further development of the branch and showcasing regional competences. In particular, vibrant clusters have emerged primarily around the technology centers BIO CITY LEIPZIG and BioInnovationCenter Dresden. 


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We support Saxony.

Prof. Dr. Frank Buchholz

Professorship for Medical Systems Biology, University Hospital Dresden

"The Medical Faculty at the University Hospital Dresden is the youngest of its kind in all of Germany. Perhaps that’s the reason why there’s such a strong team spirit here. Since I moved with my family from San Francisco to Dresden in 2002, the research landscape has developed considerably in an international comparison – which is also due to the numerous excellence clusters found here."

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