Dense network of biotech and chemical expertise
The Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf is an incubator for Germany’s biotech industry, which is why Düsseldorf has become one of this industry’s key centres. Companies such as world market leaders Qiagen, Rheincell Therapeutics, Priavoid or Numaferm were all founded as HHU spin-offs.
More than 100 life science companies and numerous suppliers and service providers work in the Düsseldorf economic region. This region is also home to many big players such as Bayer, Henkel, UCB, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson and 3M Medica. Furthermore, the Stammzellnetzwerk.NRW, BioRiver - Life Science im Rheinland, BIO.NRW and the Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie e.V. (CLIB) network are all based in Düsseldorf.
North Rhine-Westphalia is the backbone of the German chemical industry, which employs around 97,000 people. One-third of Germany’s turnover from chemicals is generated in NRW – putting it in 5th place in the EU based on turnover. Many international groups such as Henkel, BASF or Hitachi Chemical Europe have offices here or manufacture in the city.
The Max Planck Institute for Iron Research is based in Düsseldorf.