Berlin-Brandenburg is one of the leading medical technology locations in Europe and has demonstrated a high growth dynamic for many years. Around 300 companies and their approx. 13,500 employees generate annual revenues of €1.5 billion in the region. While these companies tend to be small and medium-sized, their products are among the leaders in their fields of business. Telemedicine and eHealth, medical imaging, oncology, cardiology, minimally invasive medicine, and organ support or replacement systems are all areas of focus in which many of the region’s innovative, capable companies are active.
Innovations for the world market
Many products from Berlin-Brandenburg are successful in the global market. The region is home to several market leaders in the field of cardiac support systems, such as the external pumps for infants provided by Berlin Heart, the pacemakers by Biotronik, and stents produced by B. Braun. In the field of minimally invasive medicine, some of the best endoscopes, insufflators, and camera systems are developed in Berlin-Brandenburg by companies like W.O.M. World of Medicine, MGB Endoskopische Geräte Berlin, and XION. Innovative products in the field of implants and orthopedics are produced by aap Imlantate, Merete Medical, OHST, and ZIMMER Biomet Deutschland. Companies such as nanoPET Pharma and the world market leader, Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik, are developing innovative products for nuclear medicine.
Technology transfer: From idea to marketable product
Medical technology in Berlin-Brandenburg is characterized by successful technology transfer and the rapid conversion of research results into competitive products. The strong interaction between clinics, science, and industry brings innovations to the patient at an early stage. Thanks to the networking of all stakeholders along the entire value chain, it has been possible to develop the strongest growth rates in Germany.
More than 130 hospitals are located in the Berlin-Brandenburg area. The availability of active partners for research & development makes it an ideal location for innovation. In addition to Charité, the German capital region is home to over 40 renowned scientific institutions, including the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), the German Heart Center Berlin, Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT, and other well-known Fraunhofer, Helmholtz, Leibniz, andMax Planck Institutes in Berlin and Brandenburg.