LIFE SCIENCES! - Pharmaceutical Industry

Saxony can look back on a success story spanning more than 120 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Today, numerous pharmaceutical firms are found here which are successful on the global market – for example, GlaxoSmithKline and its flu vaccine manufacturing facility in Dresden.

Außenansicht, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals-Werk Dresden

Source: GlaxoSmithKline


GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals produces influenza vaccines for the global market in Dresden. In addition to seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines, other liquid vaccines are also bottled and packed here. About 700 employees work at the production site; the annual production capacity amounts to 70 million vaccine doses.

Sector Structure Life Sciences in Saxony

Mitarbeiter in der Produktion bei Apogepha in Dresden

Source: APOGEPHA Arzneimittel GmbH


As an independent pharmaceutical company conducting its own research, the Dresden-based APOGEPHA Arzneimittel GmbH provides a broad range of pharmaceuticals and services for the treatment of urological disorders. Its research focuses on the development of new dosages and new forms of medication as well as clinical developments in urology.


The Radebeul-based Arevipharma GmbH develops and produces pharmaceutical substances and intermediate products for generic and researching pharmaceutical companies and conducts contract syntheses.

Herstellung von Klinikmustern (Verblisterung) bei MEDA Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Radebeul

Source: MEDA Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Radebeul


As a subsidiary of the Swedish MEDA AB Group, MEDA Pharma GmbH & Co. KG’s corporate activities revolving around the development of pharmaceuticals are focused at the Radebeul production site. This is also the location of a specific GMP area for the production of drugs to be used in clinical trials. The company is working on therapeutic concepts that focus on the indication sectors asthma & COPD, allergy, cardiovascular, and pain.


Approximately 900 different products sourced from medicinal plants and minerals leave the corporate headquarters of the Freital-based Bombastus-Werke AG, which date back to 1906, for destinations in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The product spectrum encompasses homeopathics, nutritional supplements, drugs, cosmetics, and also tea. The company is renowned, above all, for cultivating and processing sage plants.

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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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