06/11/2007

Baden-Württemberg International

The heart of European medical technology beats in Baden-Württemberg

At the MEDICA fair in Düsseldorf from 14 to 17 November, 2007, Baden-Württemberg International will be presenting Baden-Württemberg in the role it performs as a location for industry and science. Numerous companies from the industry as well as research institutes with a worldwide reputation will be introducing the latest high-tech equipment and innovative products from the health sector to an international public. Baden-Württemberg International will be providing a forum for contact and cooperation on the communal Stand E41 in Hall 16.

Stuttgart, 5 November 2007: The heart of European medical technology beats in Baden-Württemberg, which not only has the highest number of medical equipment companies among all federal states in Germany but also has the most employees in this particular branch of industry. Top researchers, numerous elite universities, well-known companies and research institutes with a global reputation repeatedly come up with pathbreaking innovations in the health care sector and attract worldwide attention with sensational breakthroughs in research.

The spirit of research in Baden-Württemberg is felt throughout the entire world. At the university hospital of Tübingen, for example, an experimental operating theatre which is unique in the world is being created as the operating room of the future which, with its gentle treatment methods, will enable patients to recover rapidly. Science and industry in Baden-Württemberg pull in the same direction. Recently, the first cut of the spade for the new National Tumour Centre (Nationales Centrum für Tumorerkrankungen) was performed in Heidelberg and the Stuttgart-Tübingen Inter-university Centre for Medical Technologies (Interuniversitäres Zentrum für Medizinische Technologien Stuttgart-Tübingen) was established. In addition to this, an extension of the medical clinic at Freiburg's university hospital is currently being built.

Compared to other federal states, Baden-Württemberg can boast of being at the head of the field in a whole series of areas. According to a study carried out by Spectaris, Baden-Württemberg is one of the leading locations for medical technology. With its 229 manufacturers, Baden-Württemberg is home to around 19 per cent of the just under 1200 companies in Germany. It is also at the forefront in terms of employees in the medical equipment industry. In 2006 alone, 22,400 of the 87,700 people in German working in the medical equipment sector were employed in Baden-Württemberg. This is no wonder given the amount that the state invests in the future. The state is sponsoring an epilepsy centre to the tune of over nine million euros and many research institutes are merging in order to strengthen the location with lasting innovations and a wide range of products.

"Invest in the best – At the MEDICA fair, our team from Baden-Württemberg International will be demonstrating to companies and investors from Germany and abroad that outstanding collaboration between research and industry not only creates jobs but also generates innovations that fascinate and benefit the entire world of medicine", said Dr. Hagenmeyer, Chairman of the Executive Management Board.
Baden-Württemberg International offers various competencies under a single roof. It is the "first point of contact" and a central contact partner for domestic and foreign companies, research institutes, universities and colleges as well as regions and communities which are looking for a location in Baden-Württemberg. It also provides support for cooperative ventures and offers a comprehensive service for the acquisition of business partners.
Contact:
Baden-Württemberg International
Herbert Bossinger
Member of the Executive Management
Tel: 0711-22787-40
Fax: 0711-22787-33
E-mail: herbert.bossinger@bw-i.de