Centre of Innovative Medicine
Life Sciences Hamburg
Life sciences, too, play an important role in the north. The regional industry network Life Science Nord for medical technology and biotechnology/pharmaceuticals employs a staff of 50,000 at some 500 innovation-oriented businesses from the industrial healthcare sector. In 2016, this sector generated a gross value added of 4.3 billion euro, with exports amounting to 4.2 billion euro.*
The sector’s corporate structure is highly diversified and includes anything from large corporations to numerous small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). The latter constitute the network’s main economic pillar as about 70% of gross value added is generated by SMEs.
In fact, the Life Science Nord cluster covers the entire value chain within one region, from basic and applied research to clinical tests and the final marketable product. The region thus boasts one of the most comprehensive industrial healthcare networks in all of Europe. What is more, the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein comprise a diverse research landscape that includes e.g. the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) as well as numerous renowned research institutions, among them the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), the Research Center Borstel, the Heinrich Pette Institute for Experimental Virology, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.
* According to the WifOR Survey