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On behalf of the state government represented by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia, BIO.NRW acts as the umbrella organization for the BioRegions.

In industrial biotechnology, we work closely together with CLIB.


Region Münster

The association supports the development of the Münster region into a leading European bioanalytic location and the development into a model region for new technologies in the health sector.

  • New technologies for the health sector
  • Nanobioanalytics
  • Competence Network


Region Cologne

BioCologne promotes the transfer of ideas, knowledge, and technology of the life-science into practice.

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioscience
  • Knowledge Transfer

BioIndustry e.V.

Ruhr Area & East Westphalia

The focus of all activities of BioIndustry is the support of biotechnology in all applications.

  • Promotion of Biotechnology
  • Service-Network
  • Industry Meeting

BioRiver e.V.

Cologne/ Dusseldorf

BioRiver is the industry association for the biotechnology and life sciences sectors in the Rhineland metropolitan region.

  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • Industry Association
  • Innovation and Start-ups



The LifeScienceNet Düsseldorf  – an initiative of the Life Science Center  Düsseldorf, the Chamber of Commerce Düsseldorf and the state capital Düsseldorf – is a communication and cooperation platform for science and business.

  • Cooperation Network
  • Technology Transfer
  • Start-up Support

MedLife e.V.

Region Aachen

MedLife e.V. aims to strengthen the Aachen region supra-regionally as an innovative location for the health industry, medical technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and analytics.

  • Life Science
  • BioMedTech – Network
  • Multiplier

Regional competence networks

Förderverein Biotechnologie NRW e.V.


We are committed to the development of new drugs and diagnostics. Our goal is to promote biotechnology in North Rhine-Westphalia.

  • Biotechnology
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Medical Engineering


(Bioeconomy Science Center)


The BioSC is a competence center for bioeconomy research, founded by RWTH Aachen University, the University of Bonn, HHU Düsseldorf and Forschungszentrum Jülich.

  • Integrated Bioeconomy Reserach
  • Technologies & Concepts
  • Education

Stem Cell Network NRW


The Stem Cell Network NRW brings together stem cell research activities in North Rhine-Westphalia using a transdisciplinary approach and interconnects them nationally and globally.

  • Research
  • Dialogue
  • Translation



Model region for sustainable bioeconomy

regional. innovative. circular

  • Bioeconomy
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge transfer

National associations

BIO Deutschland e.V.


As national biotechnology industry association, we represent the interests of our members in politics, connect players and promote biotechnology.

  • Biotechnology
  • Companies
  • Framework

vfa bio


vfa bio seeks to exploit the therapeutic and economic potential of biotechnology to make Germany the leading biotech location in Europe.

  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Biopharmaceuticals:  Original products and Biosimilars
  • Orphan Drugs
  • ATMP

Institutions in NRW



NRW.BANK is Germany’s biggest state promotional bank. It supports its owner, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in its structural and economic policy tasks.

  • Funding
  • Business Promotion
  • Start-up funding



As partner of the Enterprise Europe Network we support small and medium sized companies in North Rhine-Westphalia on their way to sustainable growth. #EENCanHelp

  • Access2Markets
  • Access2Partners
  • Access2Finance

NRW.Global Business GmbH

NRW and worldwide

NRW.Global Business supports you in entering new markets, networking with international business partners or assists your investment projects in NRW.



  • Foreign trade promotion from one source
  • Partner for a successful settlement in NRW
  • Partner for the development of new foreign markets



Your direct access to one of the largest innovation networks in NRW.

  • Innovation Network
  • Know-how Transfer
  • Innovation & Digitalization Consulting

PROVendis GmbH


Acting as a professional service provider in the entire field of IP management for universities and companies we accelerate technology transfer between science and industry.

  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Know-how Transfer
  • Research Collaborations



ZENIT GmbH, founded in 1984, is a public-private partnership with around 60 employees and the agency for innovation and European affairs of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

  • NRW and Europe
  • Funding
  • Strategic Innovation Consulting

International institutions


(BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster)


A strong partnership for a sustainable bio economy in the trilateral region of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Netherlands, and Flanders.

  • Cross-border initiative
  • Biobased and circular economy
  • Transformation of the chemical industry



CLIB is a professional networker in industrial biotechnology, across disciplines, regions &
nations; bringing together the expertise needed to create sustainable products & processes.

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioeconomy
  • Open Innovation



EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, is the recognised voice of the European biotech community championing world-class solutions for society’s challenges.

  • Biotechnology
  • Life Science
  • European Union