Life Sciences Innovations are at home here.
Industry Profile Life Sciences
Thuringia is home to famous innovations and discoveries, from the patented mercury-free thermometer and the X-ray tube to the microscope. Scientists from Jena were involved in decoding the 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
- 490 companies
- 22,000 employees
- 6,200 university students
- 3 universities and universities of applied sciences
- 2 technology and business incubators
- 45 clinics
- 11 research institutions
- Functional genome research
- Functionalization of interfaces
- Miniaturized and highly parallelized analyses systems
- Food technology
- Red and green biotechnology
- Minimally invasive techniques
- Laser applications in medicine
- 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 bandage materials
- Production of sterile pharmaceuticals
- Production of solid and liquid dosage forms
Thuringians are dedicated to working and studying in the life sciences sector. Thus, they secure the innovative and competitive ability of companies located in Thuringia.
In Thuringia, more than 6,000 university students are currently enrolled in degree programs related to life sciences. These include i.a.:
|Friedrich Schiller University Jena||Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena||Ilmenau University of Technology|
|Biology||Optometry / Ophthalmic Optics||Biomedical Engineering|
|Bioinformatics||Health Care Management||Miniaturized Biotechnology|
|Chemical Biology||Laser and Optotechnologies|
|Nutritional Sciences||Miniaturized Biotechnology|
|Molecular Life Sciences||Pharmaceutical Biotechnology|
|Molecular Medicine||Scientific Instrumentation|
Vocational and further training
Vocational and technical schools in Thuringia train people in the following professions, for example:
- Laboratory technician in biology, physics and chemistry
- Medical-technical laboratory assistant
- Mechatronics technician
- Precision optician and mechanic
- Industrial mechanic and industrial electronic technician
To maintain the high quality of training and keep pace with the rapid development of technology, Thuringian companies place a great deal of emphasis on the continuing education of their specialists. Along with the JENAER BILDUNGS CENTER SCHOTT CARL ZEISS JENOPTIK, the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, the Ilmenau University of Technology and the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena offer various programs in further education as well as scientific Courses.
Research and development
Reap the benefits of a technological environment that uniquely combines competencies in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology and microsystems Technology.
Life science research on the Beutenberg Campus
One of Thuringia’s hotbeds of life science research and development is the Beutenberg Campus in Jena. More than 2,300 scientists and specialists in 11 university and non-university institutes as well as over 50 start-ups make discoveries and blaze new trails in biotechnology and medical Technology:
- Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF)
- Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI)
- Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) (IPHT)
- Leibniz Institute for Natural Products Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute
- Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPBGC)
- Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPICE)
- Institute of Applied Physics – Friedrich Schiller University Jena
- Center for Molecular Biomedicine – Friedrich Schiller University Jena
- Center for Innovation Competence (ZIK) Septomics – Friedrich Schiller University Jena
- Institute of Virology and Antiviral Therapy – Jena University Hospital
- BioInstrumention Center (BioCentiv) – Business Incubator
- Technology and Innovation Park Jena (TIP) – Business Incubator
Additional research institutions in Thuringia
- Institute for Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques (iba), Heilbad Heiligenstadt
- Research Center for Medical Technology and Microbiology (fzmb), Bad Langensalza
- Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Informatics (BMTI), Ilmenau University of Technology
- Institute for Chemistry and Bioengineering, Ilmenau University of Technology
The company has more than 35 years of experience in developing and producing pharmaceutical aerosols and liquids. Within the Sandoz Group – part of the Swiss Novartis Group – it operates as the global development and production center for inhalation preparations and eyedrops (Sandoz Center of Excellence).
ALERE Technologies GmbH
ALERE is a developer and manufacturer of in-vitro-diagnostic agents. The company was founded by scientists from the Institute for Physical High Technology and the Hans-Knöll-Institute and is today part of the ALERE Group. It is a world leader in the Point-of-Care-diagnostic market.
Analytik Jena AG
With around 1,100 employees the company is a successful global player and one of the world market leaders in the field of laboratory analysis. Since 2013 Analytik Jena has been part of the Swiss Endress+Hauser Group.
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
As a provider of system solutions in the field of ophthalmology Carl Zeiss Meditec ranks among the world’s leaders. For many years now, the company has been able to rely on its outstanding technological competence for developing innovative ophthalmology products.
The firm is one of the leading manufacturers of medical aid products such as bandages, orthotics, compression hose and orthopaedic inserts. Material and design award winners many times over, Bauerfeind products make a significant contribution to maintaining and restoring health.
Wacker Biotech GmbH
Jena-based Wacker Biotech GmbH has over 20 years of experience in biotechnology. Its cutting-edge site at the Beutenberg campus develops stable, highly efficient processes for the production of biotherapeutics and therapeutic proteins for customers under cGMP conditions.
Additional selected companies:
- Aesculap Suhl GmbH, Suhl
- Asclepion Laser Technologies GmbH, Jena
- BINZ Ambulance- und Umwelttechnik GmbH, Ilmenau
- biolitec AG, Jena
- EPSa Elektronik & Präzisionsbau Saalfeld GmbH, Saalfeld
- Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH, Mihla
- Geratherm Medical AG, Geschwenda
- Gothaplast Verbandpflasterfabrik GmbH, Gotha
- HPT Hochwertige Pharmatechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Neuhaus am Rennweg
- JeNaCell GmbH, Jena
- Jenapharm GmbH & Co. KG, Jena
- Jenoptik AG, Jena
- Königsee Implantate GmbH, Allendorf
- microfluidic ChipShop GmbH, Jena
- NTI - Kahla GmbH Rotary Dental Instruments, Kahla
- Otto Bock Health Care GmbH, Königsee
- r m w Kabelsysteme GmbH, Crossen a. d. Elster
- Bayer Weimar GmbH & Co. KG, Weimar
- Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Röntgenwerk Rudolstadt
- Trumpf Medizin Systeme GmbH + Co. KG, Saalfeld