Bio and medical technology

Biotechnology and medical technology have developed into a powerful economic sector in the Stuttgart region. Over 200 companies with a focus on biotechnology, medical technology and health care have settled between Stuttgart, Tübingen, Reutlingen and Neckar Alb. With the BioRegio STERN Management GmbH the industry has a central and competent contact person. The proximity to universities, institutes and technical colleges promotes knowledge transfer and innovations.

Application and research


The BioRegion STAR with the regions of Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb and the cities of Tübingen and Reutlingen, famous worldwide for their automobile manufacturers, is also home to numerous medium-sized medical and biotechnology companies. The combination of established family businesses, “hidden champions”, and young companies is a key feature of the cluster. Another outstanding and future-oriented feature is the geographical proximity of engineering-driven medium-sized companies and companies from the biotechnology and medical technology sectors.

The companies in the STERN BioRegion benefit from the large number of scientific institutions that conduct research in biotechnology and medical technology. From the Stuttgart region, these include the Universities of Stuttgart and Hohenheim, the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Engineering and Automation (IPA) and for Interfacial Engineering and Bioprocess Engineering (IGB), the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, and the German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) Denkendorf.

Advice, support and networking

The BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is a central competence, advice and contact point for founders and companies in the bio and medical technology sector in the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions, with the cities of Tübingen and Reutlingen. She has been working as an economic developer for the so-called life sciences since 2001, promoting innovations and start-ups on a public mission and thus contributing to strengthening the location and the industry as a whole. She also supports companies from cooperating high-tech sectors such as automation and IT as a contact person and mediator for business questions.

Im Biointelligence Competence Center At Fraunhofer IPA, 40 scientists from the Universities of Stuttgart and Hohenheim as well as the NMI in Reutlingen and the Fraunhofer Institutes IPA, IGB, IAO, IBP in Stuttgart support the convergence of nature, technology and information science. They conduct research in areas as diverse as mechanical engineering, biology, biotechnology, medical technology and computer science for more sustainable production and lifestyles. The Life Science Center (LSC) is the address for innovative ideas in the city of Esslingen. The young biotech companies have access to 2.000 square meters of office and laboratory space at fair rental prices.

Further information

Further information about the biotechnology and medical technology cluster can be found on the BioRegio STERN website