BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH

Baden-Württemberg – where ideas work

The expanding, research-intensive healthcare sector comprising the branches of biotechnology, medical technology and
pharmaceutical industry is a core sector in the Baden-Württemberg industrial landscape. In 2014 13.8 billion euros gross value
added make an important contribution to the economic strength of our federal state: 3,5 % of the GDP comes from the industrial
healthcare sector1. Baden-Württemberg has the largest number of pharmaceutical and medical technology companies and the
second largest number of biotechnology companies in Germany.

Key Data and Facts:

Around 1.000 companies involved in research, development and/or production located in our state are working on solutions for
a healthy lifestyle, on ways to support active ageing and on individualised therapies for treating disease.


Taxable revenues and employee figures in the
healthcare industry were calculated by the
Baden-Württemberg Statistics Office on the
basis of data held in the BIOPRO company
database at the time of the survey. The data
are taken from 2013. BIOPRO’s company
database lists 153 biotechnology companies,
812 medical technology companies and 80
companies in the pharmaceutical industry,
all of which research, develop and/or produce
in Baden-Württemberg. Figures were
extracted for 129 biotechnology companies,
783 medical technology companies and all 80
pharmaceutical companies.

* For companies that are active in several economic sectors, revenues and number of employees were taken into account on a pro rata basis, and the company was only counted once.

The entire value creation chain is represented in Baden- Württemberg from research and development to production and
sales. Baden-Württemberg is home to successful small and medium-sized companies as well as to global players such as Roche,
Boehringer Ingelheim and Aesculap. The 3 branches of the healthcare industry – biotechnology, medical technology and pharma
– are embedded in a dense network of (university) hospitals and research institutions. In addition, numerous suppliers and
service providers from related fields benefit from cooperation with the well-positioned healthcare industry.

Today’s ideas are tomorrow’s innovations

High levels of R&D investment are key factor for innovation: in Baden-Württemberg, 4.8% of GDP was invested in R&D in 2013;
the German average was only 2.8% (over all topics). This ranks Baden-Württemberg top in R&D investment, ahead of Berlin
(3,6%) and Bavaria (3.2%). In the healthcare sector, the power for innovation is enhanced by the close cooperation between
the three healthcare industry branches. Alternatively, setting up an independent company is an excellent opportunity to turn
innovative ideas into marketable products and services. In the period from 1/2013 to 7/2015, 15 companies were founded in

For more details on the excellent research and companies in Baden-Württemberg see and

BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg: Pooling competencies – pushing innovations

We are the central partner in the strategic triangle of actors from research institutions, companies and networks with focus on
healthcare (pharma, medtech and biotech) and we support the establishment of a bioeconomy in Baden-Württemberg.

Our work focusses on

• supporting the innovative capability of companies,
• accelerating the transfer of scientific findings into industry,
• informing the public about industry performance,
• creating impulses for Baden-Württemberg as an attractive research and development location,
• providing support to start-up companies.

Together with our partner, Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i), we are the door opener for companies and clusters.




Baden-Württemberg International is the competence centre for the internationalisation, promotion and development
of business, science and research. bw-i lends support to domestic and foreign companies, clusters and networks, research
institutions and universities by serving as the central first point-of-contact in all questions relating to internationalisation.
Settling in a new region involves having to deal with a wide variety of questions and obstacles. Baden-Württemberg International
supplies the answers and helps you to overcome these obstacles – quickly and easily, based on local expertise and knowledge.
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BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH
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