In Bremen, medical technology and biotech companies are involved in investigating new technologies, new treatment methods and the production of base products for medical treatments. As a result, they're creating new jobs and a corpus of knowledge in a high tech industry which many people don't realise is based in the Hanseatic city.
The term "medical technology" covers companies involved in manufacturing medical devices or accessories for clinics and doctors' practices, and therefore developing and marketing new procedures. In Germany, this industry generates an annual revenue of around 33 billion Euros and employs around 150,000 people (German).
In contrast, the terms "biotechnology" or "biotech" refer to companies that use biological raw materials such as enzymes, proteins, cells or organisms. In many cases, this includes new procedures for medical applications (for example, the CRISPR gene editing tool). However, biotechnology is also used in the food industry (cheese enzymes, yeasts) or in the environmental sector (enzymes in water treatment plants). This requires interdisciplinary cooperation between engineering scientists, biological scientists, chemical scientists and those involved in medical science.
In Bremens twin city Bremerhaven the University of Applied Science offers bachelor and master degree courses in biotechnology. In Bremen, the City University of Applied Sciences has an international master degree course in "Industrial and Environmental Biology".
The dental technology solutions created and manufactured by Bremen's best-known medical technology company are used throughout the world. The company supplies versatile technologies for creating dental prostheses, such as implants or bridges. The company also develops its own ground-breaking 3D printer technologies and automated digital solutions, which are acknowledged as state of the art in its sector.
US-based Thermo Fischer Scientific is one of the largest clinical research services provider in the world with about 100,000 employees worldwide. In Bremen, Thermo Fisher manufactures mass spectrometers and analysis systems used in the food industry, in environmental analysis, medical research and in forensics. The Bremen site covers the entire production chain, from research, development and design to production, marketing and sales.
The world-wide operating Bruker Corporation is an instrument manufacturer based in Massachusetts with a wide range of products for laboratories and research. The company’s history in Bremen dates back to 1977 and operates here as Bruker Daltonics. They manufacture mass spectrometers and ion-mobility spectrometers and engage in microbiology & diagnostics.
SiChem is commissioned by pharmaceutical companies to create active compounds that then undergo further processing by the drug manufacturers, in a similar way to a component supplier in the automotive industry. This Bremen-based company specialises in signalling molecules, which are responsible for forwarding chemical or physical signals in the body. It also supplies substances for other specialist areas of the chemicals industry.
This public limited company develops computer-based procedures for image-based diagnostics and therapies. These include, for example, software programmes that enable doctors to analyse computer tomography images. The company, which has a workforce of 140 staff, is closely involved with cancer detection and diagnosis, where it also uses artificial intelligence methods.
Thanks to the Corona crisis, "PCR test" is now a commonly used term. This test can identify even low levels of the virus quickly and reliably. Q-Bioanalytic is also working on PCR tests, but in other areas, such as for identifying salmonella and many other pathogens. With its own production facility and laboratory in Bremerhaven, this company is also an important partner for the foodstuffs industry. The team is currently working on new applications for PCR tests, such as diagnosing malaria.
This company develops devices for isolating, counting and analysing individual cells taken from samples. Its devices also keeps the cells alive or displays them as images on a computer screen. OLS devices are used in the discovery of new medicines and their effects, and in testing.
Molzym supplies diagnostics kits, reagents and medical technology for automating laboratory analyses for investigating infectious diseases caused by bacteria and fungi. This company also uses PCR tests to identify bacteria and fungi in samples as quickly as possible.
Its new test for the treatment of testicular cancer has made this newly established Bremen company (German) the talk of the town. This test is much more accurate than the previous procedure and is eagerly anticipated by the medical community. The new test, which is manufactured in Bremerhaven, is currently in the final phase before market launch. The team is already working on other new products and procedures.
Nucleic acids are some of the basic elements of life itself. They make up our DNA. The smallest elements of nucleic acids are nucleotides – tiny molecules with many varied properties, depending on how they are linked to other molecules. The Biolog Life Science Institute specialises in creating nucleotides. The company creates a multitude of different nucleotides, investigates them and produces bespoke customer-specific reagents which are then used, for example, in the production of medicines.
There are more than a hundred different types of tumour. The more accurately a tumour can be diagnosed, the more targeted its treatment can be. ZytoVision conducts research into, and produces, marker substances that are used to detect specific types of cancer. The products of this Bremerhaven-based company are sold world-wide.
Creating the instruments and implants used in spinal surgery is the core business of NuVasive, from California. The company is one of the world's market leaders in this niche market. The European subsidiary of this US-based company, NuVasive Germany GmbH, has been located in Bremen since 2009. It primarily handles sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for its American parent.
Would you like to learn more about Bremen and your business opportunities in the medical and pharmaceutical sector? We look forward to talking to you!
Established in Bremen with the help of WFB: The medical technology manufacturer ECO is setting up its first European branch in the Hanseatic city. Doctors can use the Chinese manufacturer's instruments to gently treat tumours, thyroid nodules or varicose veins.Learn more