Leveraging a unique life sciences ecosystem. Frontiers Health & the Berlin-Brandenburg region’s vibrant scenario

In this article, Luigi Pavia, leading Ecosystem Engagement & Partnerships at Frontiers Health, explores the vibrant life sciences scenario in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Reach out to discover more about FH24 and the multiple engagement opportunities available!

Frontiers Health is thrilled to return to Berlin, recognizing the city’s unmatched vibrancy in fostering an ecosystem supportive of the life sciences industry. Berlin provides an exceptional backdrop for the convergence of healthcare and innovation. We are eager to immerse ourselves once again in this energetic hub, next October 17-18, 2024, and contribute to the expansion of the ever-evolving and widening landscape of health innovation.

The life sciences ecosystem in Berlin-Brandenburg 

The Berlin Capital region stands as a crucial hub for the life sciences industry in Germany, hosting around 360 medical technology and 280 biotech companies, alongside 35 pharmaceutical companies and over 145 hospitals and clinics. The region’s vibrant healthcare economy and research landscape contribute significantly to health promotion, disease prevention, and overall healthcare advancements.

Key Statistics:

  • 35 pharmaceutical companies employing approximately 12,340 individuals
  • ⋅ Approximately 280 biotech companies with about 7,180 employees
  • ⋅ Over 355 medical technology and digital health companies, boasting around 14,700 employees
  • ⋅ More than 145 hospitals offering over 35,800 beds
  • ⋅ About 30 inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nearly 1,000 inpatient care facilities, and around 1,400 nursing and care services
  • ⋅ Home to the Charité, one of Europe’s largest university hospitals
  • ⋅ Hosts the largest hospital laboratory in Europe: Labor Berlin – Charité Vivantes GmbH
  • 8 technology parks with a focus on life sciences

Institutions and educational landscape

In the realm of science and research, the region boasts around 40 institutions dedicated to life sciences research, including prominent entities like the University Hospital Charité, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane, the Berlin Institute for Health Research (BIH), the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, as well as various well-known Fraunhofer, Helmholtz, Leibniz, and Max Planck institutes in Berlin and Brandenburg.

The educational landscape is equally impressive, with over 150 degree courses in health and life sciences spread across approximately 30 universities and colleges. Notable institutions include Humboldt University Berlin, Free University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, University of Potsdam, and Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Six contexts particularly exhibit robust research and translational activities:

  • ⋅ Cell and gene therapies
  • ⋅ Computational biology and medical informatics
  • ⋅ Precision diagnostics
  • ⋅ Artificial intelligence applications in imaging and beyond
  • ⋅ Additive manufacturing
  • ⋅ Sensorics

Facilitators & startups

The city also houses 10+ accelerators and incubators specifically focused on digital health. These platforms serve as gathering spaces for innovators and investors worldwide, shaping the future of healthcare technology.

With over 300 digital health startups and a growing number of life science universities, Berlin’s startup scene thrives due to its vibrant and creative culture, diverse talent pool, and attractive funding programs, making it an increasingly attractive hub for health innovation.

The role of Frontiers Health

Over the years, at Frontiers Health, we have proudly supported and encouraged promising programs and strategies operated by top local players, who have leveraged our platform to gain insights, feedback, global exposure, or even to execute peer reviews.

Following, some examples:

Frontiers Health 2020: Digital health in the focus of Germany’s EU Council Presidency – Europe and Germany together on the move

Frontiers Health 2019: EIT HEALTH Germany Headstart Awards

Frontiers Health 2019: DVG – Germany’s jumpstart into digital health

Frontiers Health 2018: Bayer G4A Event

Frontiers Health 2017: Pfizer Healthcare Challenge by Pfizer Healthcare Hub Berlin

Frontiers Health 2016: How to co-create innovation using an accelerator model by Startupbootcamp

Make sure to save the date for FH24 on October 17-18, 2024, and get to know the richness of the Berlin life sciences ecosystem along with the global ecosystem we’ll gather to drive the future of health! Great Things Happen at Frontiers!