Life Science

Saxony-Anhalt’s life sciences industry is strong – our heart beats for this. The pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology and medical technology set the rhythm as a sector. Academic and applied research forms a close network with producers here. So a structure which pools competence and ensures that new products are quickly available to the healthcare market is growing.


  • Over 92,000 employees in 2013 (approximately 12.25% of all required to pay National Insurance contributions)
  • Approximately 125 small and medium-sized businesses
  • Large number of manufacturers and suppliers that specialise in the field of life sciences


  • Quick approval procedure and support for investment
  • Close cooperation between companies and research institutions in the InnoMed cluster for medical engineering
  • BMD industry network provides services for companies involved in life sciences, thus strengthening the industry in the federal state
  • Specialist staff potential with over 55,000 students at 10 universities and higher education institutions in the federal state as well as a large number of interdisciplinary courses, such as biotechnology and medical engineering
  • High degree of acceptance of the pharmaceutical industry in Saxony-Anhalt

Pharmaceutical Industry

So much for the bitter pill! Not only aspirin, the world’s most well-known painkiller, is produced in Saxony-Anhalt. With more than a billion euros in turnover, the pharmaceutical industry in this part of the world is the most important investor in the healthcare industry. The largest producer, IDT Biologika from Dessau-Roßlau, has specialised in the biotechnological production of vaccines and pharmaceuticals.

Pharmaceutical Industry

Medical Technology

Operate precisely without large wounds – researchers and physicians from the STIMULATE research campus are getting closer and closer to this goal. Saxony-Anhalt is adopting a pioneering role in the development of image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic methods. The state-wide “Medical Technology Cluster” is also contributing to the fact that more and more innovation drivers are able to settle and grow in a healthy manner.

Medical Technology

Red & Green Biotechnology

Researchers from Halle have devoted their efforts to no less than curing Alzheimer’s disease. Probiodrug AG has already created an international sensation with their work. Scil Proteins Produktions GmbH also produces active pharmaceutical ingredients of microbiological origin in the city on the Saale River. The so-called “red biotechnology” sector already has a dozen companies.

Gatersleben is the centre of “green biotechnology” in Saxony-Anhalt to this day. Traditionally rooted in plant research, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) came into being here. About 35 million euros have flowed into 150 scientific projects here.

An international team of researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle is investigating how plants interact with their environment by means of natural substances. These findings flow into plant production, biotechnology and the development of medicines.

Red & Green Biotechnology

Research and Development

Manufacturers and Suppliers

  • Production of organic fine chemicals for the pharmaceutical industry (Organica Feinchemie GmbH, Bitterfeld)
  • Medical packaging (Essentra Packaging, Bitterfeld-Wolfen; Kroha GmbH, Barleben; G. Braun Pharmadruck, Bitterfeld; Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging GmbH, Schönebeck)
  • Pharmaceutical production and logistics centres (Salutas GmbH, Barleben; IDT-Biologika GmbH, Dessau-Roßlau; Serumwerk AG, Bernburg)      
  • Production and packaging machines (Hauser Maschinen, Bitterfeld)
  • Distribution of medical material (Win Med Medizintechnikhandel GmbH, Magdeburg; deppe dental GmbH, Stendal & Magdeburg)
  • eHealth services (Ik-med, Wernigerode)
  • Consultancy (Unicura Consult, Südharz)
  • Contract research organisation for the planning and implementation of clinical trials (Galmed GmbH, Halle)
  • Patents and licences (ESA Patentverwertungsagentur Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH)