Life Science + Biotechnology

Frankfurt is one of the most important centers of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as of medical-pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology in Germany.

Frankfurt offers the appropriate infrastructure to companies from the life sciences and biotechnology industries for research and development, production, distribution and wholesale operations. The industrial estates in Höchst, Fechenheim and Griesheim offer excellent services covering the entire value chain. Frankfurt’s Innovation Center Biotechnology (FIZ) offers young and medium-sized enterprises customized laboratories and offices for research and development. Goethe University and other first-rate research facilities are close at hand.

Frankfurt am Main is continuing on its trajectory as a dynamic and internationally connected site where the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, biotechnology and health industries find an ideal operating environment.

Important links for Life Science + Biotech Industries


Dr. Bernd Paul Rentmeister
Project Director Industry
phone +49 69 212-40979
fax +49 69 21298-09

  1. Frankfurt Innovation Center Biotechnology (FIZ)

    For many years, Frankfurt am Main has been home to the headquarters of industry associations as well as the venue of trade fairs and conferences.

    Many events from the life sciences and biotechnology industries take place in Frankfurt every year. The Frankfurt Innovation Center Biotechnology (FIZ), DECHEMA, the Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI), the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cluster Integrated Bioindustry (CIB) Frankfurt and the Goethe University are some of the institutions which host regularly recurring conventions, conferences and other industry events. Frankfurt is an ideal meeting point for the industry due to its central location, easy accessibility, and proximity to the international airport.

    ACHEMA, the world’s largest trade fair for chemical technology and the process industry, attracts the field’s international experts every three years. In 2012, 3,773 exhibitors attracted around 167,000 visitors to explore the show’s 136,400 square meters of floor space. The next ACHEMA fair will take place from June 15-19, 2015. Everything of use to the chemical and biotechnology industries and in process engineering was on show, from laboratory equipment through components and installations all the way to a packaging plant. The special focus was on the topics of energy and bio-economy.

  2. International meeting point

    The Frankfurt Innovation Center Biotechnology (FIZ), opened in 2004, currently covers 15,000 sqm of laboratories and offices in the immediate vicinity of the life sciences, biochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical departments of Goethe University and the research facilities of Science City Riedberg.

    The FIZ offers young enterprises and start-ups as well as established companies a customized infrastructure, interdisciplinary networks and extensive consultancy services on the economically viable realization of their product and service ideas. The FIZ’s strategy aims at gaining an insight into the needs and growth potential of the market and at creating the interfaces necessary to generate an effective innovation environment.

    The annual FIZ Life Sciences Forum is an exclusive meeting on the central questions concerning the medical-pharmaceutical biotechnology industry.

  3. Cluster Integrated Bioindustry (CIB) Frankfurt

    The Cluster Integrated Bioindustry (CIB) aims at strengthening the ties between business and academia, focusing on fine and specialty chemicals. The network offers companies the opportunity of embarking on joint research projects in the area of industrial biotechnology and of seeing innovations through to marketability.

    Regular events such as CIB Partnering and CIB Invest contribute to building a cooperative network between companies from the biotech, user and finance industries. The new technologies have great market potential: In future, it will be possible to use biotechnological processes to produce sustainable and higher-value goods in industries such as chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, paper, leather, food, agricultural products, cosmetics, all the way to environmental technology.

  4. Industrial estates as production sites

    Frankfurt am Main has a long history as a place of production with excellently run industrial estates to the east and the west of the city, which offer services along the entire value chain appropriate to the respective industries.

    The 460 fully developed hectares of the Höchst industrial estate offer ideal conditions for research companies and production plants. More than 90 companies with about 22,000 staff, from globally operating chemical and pharmaceutical corporations to innovative service providers, benefit from the technical and organizational environment and from the education opportunities available from Provadis School.

    More than 30 companies from a variety of industries with 750 staff have settled on the Griesheim industrial estate’s 61 hectares. The largest number of them operate in the chemical industry.

    The AlessaChemie industrial estate, covering more than 40 hectares on Frankfurt’s eastern outskirts, is home to about a dozen enterprises mainly from the chemical industry. The Center for Further Education and Staff Development with its more than 150 apprentices is important well beyond the region.

  5. Excellent research location

    The research-intensive life sciences and biotechnology industries find perfect conditions in Frankfurt for making contacts and developing their business. The chemical and pharmaceutical companies engaged in research, young biotechnology companies and the first-rate research institutions of Goethe University as well as many more life sciences, chemical, pharmaceutical and medical research centers are an ideal environment for innovative enterprises. Frankfurt’s research facilities are well-connected across the globe and are deeply involved in collaborations with the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

    Life sciences and biotechnology have top billing in the Goethe University’s research profile. The excellence clusters Macromolecular Complexes (CEF) and Cardio Pulmonary System (ECCPS) are two of the university’s four excellence clusters. In addition there are many further focus areas of research, often in international cooperation.

    A selection of research institutions in Frankfurt

    Beilstein-Institute for the Advancement of Chemical Sciences
    Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS)
    Max-Planck-Institut of Biophysics
    Max-Planck-Institut for brain research
    Center for Drug Research, Development and Safety (ZAFES)
    Center for Cell and Gene Therapy Frankfurt

Life Science + Biotechnology Networks

BIOFRANKFURT – The biodiversity network
The BioFrankfurt network aims at raising greater awareness for the enormous importance of biodiversity and its preservation, at pooling the knowledge and experiences gained by individual institutions, at achieving more efficient success through cooperation and exchange of experience, and at improving the public understanding of the involvement of the Frankfurt region in the areas of environmental research, protection and education

Cluster Integrated Bioindustry (CIB) Frankfurt
CIB Frankfurt is a network of the biotechnology industry, within which companies cooperate in joint research projects. The CIB management supports the cooperation between companies in the biotechnology, user and finance industries through numerous activities.

Frankfurt Biotech Alliance e.V. (FBA)
The Frankfurt Bio Tech Alliance (FBA) considers itself the pacemaker of biotechnology in Frankfurt. The network represents the interests of businesses and research facilities which operate across the biotechnology value chain and acts as the liaison to the worlds of business and politics as well as the media.

Health Care Initiative Rhein-Main
Health Care Initiative Rhein-Main Gesundheitswirtschaft rhein-main e.V. is an initiative which aims at making the Frankfurt RheinMain region one of the biggest players in the health care industry in Germany. The network brings together representatives of many different areas of the health care industry in a series of events and through active public relations work.

The Hessen-Biotech action plan is a project of Hessen’s State Ministry for Trade and Industry which is intended to offer advisory services to businesses, academia and politics, to achieve a transfer of technologies and to promote Hessen as an attractive site for biotechnology companies.

The Hessen-Nanotech action plan of Hessen’s State Ministry for Trade and Industry is the central platform for nanotechnology in Hessen. It supports businesses in the area of nanotechnology and materials-based technologies.

Materials Valley e.V.
Materials Valley is the expert network for materials research and material engineering and serves as the basis for a long-term research network between academic facilities and businesses.

Rhein-Main Cluster Chemical & Pharmaceutical Industries
The cluster around the Höchst industrial estate represents a concentration of chemical and pharmaceutical companies in a metropolitan region which is unparalleled in Germany.