BIO.NRW Network of the
Why a biotechnology network in NRW?
North Rhine-Westphalia is located in the center of Europe and is the most populated and one of the most densely populated federal states of Germany. The Rhine-Ruhr region is the most important conurbation with 9.9 million inhabitants. The cluster policy of the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia stimulates the cooperation between companies, research institutes, and the state sector along value-added chains in the most important fields of industry and technology.
Of the total revenue generated by German biotechnology companies, 48.6% is generated here by 109 core biotechnology companies with more than 4,400 employees. Additionally, no region in Europe applies for more patents in the field of biotechnology than NRW.
BIO.NRW strengthens the position
of Biotechnology in NRW
BIO.NRW is the catalyst for the sustainable development of the strengths of North Rhine-Westphalian biotechnology and bioeconomy from one central point.
The following core aspects make up BIO.NRW:
An effective network
of scientists and
A central event
life sciences topics
Start-ups and SMEs
BIO.NRW is supported by the ministry of economic affairs, industry, climate action and energy of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIKE).
describes knowledge-based production
and usage of renewable resources
for products, processes, and services.
Structure of BIO.NRW
The network Biotechnology North Rhine-Westphalia, BIO.NRW, consists of three central pillars:
- BIO Clustermanagement NRW GmbH can implement various services that serve the primary interest and task areas of the network thanks to its legal status. As such, it is the economically active part of the network and contributes to the financing of selected activities and events of BIO.NRW the Home of Biotech
- The Förderverein Biotechnologie NRW e.V. (Registered Association for the Sponsoring of Biotechnology NRW) is a non-profit organization that supports selected aspects of biotechnology in NRW, particularly focusing on the stimulation of young talent. The association uses projects to compensate for the lack of graduates in the STEM subjects related to life sciences.