Life Sciences / Biotechnology

In the biotechnology region Dresden, the state capital works closely with the adjacent cities Radbeul and Radeberg to be able to offer an ideal service to the more than 100 businesses of this key sector already located there and companies interested in relocating into the area.

Mirroring Nature

Dresden comes up with unique combination of the life sciences and the city's engineering skills, for example at the B CUBE research center. B CUBE looks into the way living systems function on a molecular level. This knowledge is then transferred to artificial systems and recombined as required.

Ideal Conditions

Ideal conditions for top research: the MPI-CBG, which, among other things, studies cell function based on the example of the axolotl, was voted 'best employer' in a 2009 survey by the magazine 'The Scientist.'

Healing Rays

The Center for Radiation Research in Oncology (OncoRay) is in the process of becoming an internationally leading organization for radiation therapy of the future.

As a location for the life sciences, Dresden is like the field itself:

Bursting with life, extremely flexible and far from reaching the end of its potential.


The First Step ...

... in the life sciences value-added chain is well established and highly interlinked: research. Renowned scientists work in Dresden, such as Kai Simons (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics), Elly Tanaka (DFG Centre for Regenerative Therapies Dresden), Stefan Diez, Jochen Guck (Biotechnology Center at Dresden University of Technology) or Gianaurelio Cuniberti (Max Bergmann Centre for Biomaterials). There is an excellent atmosphere of mutual exchange between these scientists and their institutes.


... ,firmly established technology transfer mechanisms ensure that the entrepreneurial spirit is channeled into start-ups with market success. At Dresden's BioPolis, all the key players with their expertise, research equipment and labs are just a short walk away—and, more importantly, they are open to new ideas. BioInnovationsZentrumDresden (Dresden Bio-Innovation Center) provides the ideal infrastructural setting. Plans are currently in the pipeline for a second biotechnology business incubator.

Modern cell biology ...

... , genetics and engineering set a great example of working hand in hand both in research and in industrial applications. This interdisciplinary disposition is resulting in a leading role in the fields of systems biology, molecular bioengineering, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and stem cell research.

Cluster of Excellence

Two essential features of Dresden University of Technology (a University of Excellence) fall under the key sector of the life sciences / biotechnology: the Centre for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) Cluster of Excellence and the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB).


The Saxon biotechnology network BioSaxony is also based in Dresden. This network initiates projects linking business and science, helps people find services and expertise and represents the area at trade shows and other trade events.

Customized Education

An educational sector specially designed to suit the needs of this key sector has also been set up in the city. This involves special training and continuing education courses ranging from high-school qualifications revolving around biotechnology to combined theory and practice for highly specialized lab workers or the Graduate School, which has won awards and received funding from the Federal Initiative for Excellence.


These companies, which are currently working in Dresden, concentrate on the medical application of modern Life Sciences: 'red' biotechnology. There is a balance between core biotech companies and regional firms in the supply and services industry.
  • UroTiss GmbH is the world's first corporation to provide replacement tissue for urological organs from patients' own tissue by means of tissue engineering.
  • Biotype Diagnostic GmbH develops, produces and sells test systems for DNA analysis. These are used in forensics and, increasingly, in human medicine.
  • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals is a world market leader producing over 30 different vaccines.
  • Apogepha is a Dresden pharmaceutical company whose history goes back 140 years, and a firm fixture in the field of urological treatments. Apogepha is currently extending its production capacity. Ten million euros are being spent on the technological requisites for developing and manufacturing innovative types of medicine, such as micropellets.

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.