Number of companies in the Healthcare & Biotech Cluster
Source: Statistical Office of the city of Leipzig. Calculations by Leipzig Office for Economic Development
Selected companies, hospitals and clinics
There are over 2,000 businesses working in healthcare and biotech in Leipzig – and 4,000 when the neighbouring districts are taken into account.
Leipzig University Hospital: State-of-the-art medicine in the heart of the city
Leipzig University Hospital, a full-service hospital, is one of the region's biggest employers with over 4,000 members of staff. The medical campus on Liebigstrasse comprises about 50 departments and institutes and covers virtually all areas of medicine at university level. Computer-assisted keyhole surgery, unique diagnostic possibilities, the development and application of new types of treatment, and the optimum interdisciplinary networking of different branches of medicine guarantee the highest level of hospital care. Every year, Leipzig University Hospital treats over 400,000 inpatients and outpatients.
In 2016, the hospital strengthened its activities by combining different areas of technical expertise. For example, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Infectious Diseases was established, while the work of the centres for Interdisciplinary Allergology, Rare Diseases and Drug Safety was intensified.
The high quality of the diagnosis and treatment provided is reflected by continuously rising patient numbers. To meet this high demand, the buildings and infrastructure of the campus in central Leipzig need to be constantly upgraded. In 2017, the extension of the Vascular Medicine Centre was opened while the topping-out ceremony was held for the new Clinical Centre with urgently needed premises for above all paediatrics and the UCCL University Cancer Centre Leipzig. Due to be completed by 2018, about 58 million Euro is being invested in this building - a valuable investment in more space for medicine at the highest level.
Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery (ICCAS)
The Innovation Center Computer Assisted Surgery is one of Germany's foremost biomedical engineering institutes specializing in computer-assisted diagnosis and therapy at Leipzig University's Faculty of Medicine. Working in interdisciplinary collaboration, computer scientists, engineers and doctors develop modular software solutions and smart assistance systems which contribute to the more precise, less harmful treatment of patients and improve the efficiency of working processes and safety in the operating room. ICCAS is an internationally acclaimed centre of expertise funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research and has extensive contacts among clinical, scientific and industry partners. Commercial enterprises can pursue cooperation projects with ICCAS complying with the standard ISO 13485 regulating quality management systems for medical devices.
World-level dedication to cardiac care
Heart Centre Leipzig has been delivering high-performance cardiac medicine since 1994. One of the largest cardiac units in Germany, it treats some 44,000 inpatients and outpatients annually. Thanks to cooperation with Leipzig University, the departments of Cardiac Surgery, Internal Medicine/Cardiology and Paediatric Cardiology all have university hospital status. Heart Centre Leipzig is distinguished by continuous innovation and medical expertise. As well as significantly co-developing methods of cardiac surgery, since June 2015 Heart Centre Leipzig has also had the world's largest electrophysiology laboratory where up to 6,000 patients with cardiac arrhythmias are treated every year. In 2014, Heart Centre Leipzig joined the Helios Kliniken Group.
Vita 34 AG
Vita 34 AG is a pioneer among private umbilical cord blood banks in Europe and the largest stem cell bank in the German-speaking countries. Founded in 1997, it specializes in the storage of stem cells from umbilical cord blood and tissue for medical purposes as well as producing stem cell transplants from umbilical cord blood. Vita 34 currently stores umbilical cord blood and tissue from over 150,000 children from Germany and other countries in and outside Europe. The 30 applications so far of stem cell deposits prepared for medical treatment following internal cryo-preservation bear out the high quality of the company's stem cell preparations.
Fischer Analysen Instrumente GmbH
A recipient of innovation awards from both the City of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony, Fischer ANalysen Instrumente GmbH (founded in 1991) is one of the world's most innovative companies in 13C and H2 breath analysis. FAN's 13C breath test instruments allow Helicobacter pylori infections to be detected reliably and quickly, and also enable the function of the liver and the pancreas as well as gastric emptying time to be easily checked. The H2 breath test is used to determine intolerance to lactose, fructose and sugar substitutes, diagnose bacterial overgrowth, and test the motility of the intestine.
Source: Leipzig Means Business 2017