Life Sciences in Thuringia

Thuringia has always been at the forefront of the life sciences. It brought forth the mercury-free thermometer, X-ray tube and microscope. In addition, Jena scientists were involved in sequencing human chromosomes 8, 21 and X.


Thuringia looks back on a long tradition in medical technology, biotechnology and pharmacy. Today, businesses profit from a technological environment that is characterized by optimally overlapping competencies in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine and microsystems technology. The R&D landscape is tailor-made to the needs of life science companies: A mix of first-class, nearby universities with relevant degree programs offers the best preconditions for joint research and personnel recruiting.

Facts & Figures

  • 530 companies
  • 24,500 employees
  • 5,200 university students
  • universities and universities of applied sciences
  • technology centers and business incubators
  • 43 hospitals
  • 10 research institutionsand development providers

Core competencies


  • Functional genome research
  • Diagnostics
  • Functionalization of interfaces
  • Miniaturized and highly parallelized analyses systems
  • Food technology
  • Red and green biotechnology

Medical technology

  • Minimally invasive technology
  • Medical laser applications
  • Medical systems in ophthalmology and endoprosthetics
  • Implants and biomaterials
  • Medical measurement and sensor technology


  • Development and manufacture of innovative therapeutic agents
  • Development and manufacture of dressing materials
  • Production of sterile pharmaceuticals
  • Production of solid and liquid pharmaceuticals

LEG Investor Service

Individual, competent, non-bureaucratic and flexible.

Cluster "medways e.V."

Cooperative, constructive and competent.

Downloads and information


  • Factsheet Life Sciences

    Thuringia has always been at the forefront of the life sciences.

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Axel Wipprecht

Axel Wipprecht Director Life Sciences/Food Industry/Environmental Technologies

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