Key Sectors

The driving force behind economic development is the three key sectors of microelectronics / information and communication technology; new-generation materials / nanotechnology / photovoltaics, and the life sciences / biotechnology.

In these high-tech branches, Dresden plays a significant role on the international market, with a high degree of innovation and networking. The sectors also have a profound effect on public perception of the city as a business location. They involve large companies and renowned research institutes; there are active networks and specialized training facilities. The potential for growth is correspondingly great.

Key Sector Managers

To improve their potential, one focus of Dresden's Economic Development Office is on bolstering the key sectors in the long term, both structurally and in terms of their content. For every key sector the city employs a specialist in that industry, the Key Sector Manager, whose task it is to attract important companies and research institutes which will benefit the location's development as a whole, independently of their own business interests, and to support them as they establish operations here.

The Key Sector Managers are also involved in local and international networks. They thus make the authorities and politicians aware of current opportunities, and also problems, in their sectors so that they can take fast, effective action—from developing new sites to supporting forward-looking technologies.
Key Sectors Microelectronics – business and science location Dresden (Saxony)
Key Sectors Nanotechnology – science location Dresden (Saxony)
Key Sector Life Sciences – science location Dresden (Saxony)


Companies and research institutes alike also benefit from the targeted development of technopols—science parks—in the city. These pack centers of science and innovation and companies from specific fields of technology into one small area.

As everything is within easy reach, knowledge transfer becomes far easier: connections can be more intensively maintained and a complex research infrastructure can be shared.
  • MiNaPolis is in the north of Dresden and is a center for microelectronics, information and communication technology.
  • MatPolis is spread across the east of the city and carries out research into new-generation materials and applications are developed for nanotechnology.
  • The university hospital is at the heart of BioPolis, in the Johannstadt district, a breeding ground for the life sciences and biotechnology.
  • Around TU Dresden, one of eleven German Universities of Excellence, research institutes and technology centers are located in the SciencePolis.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.