FrankfurtRheinMain has always been one of Germany’s most significant business locations for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and offers one of the largest fermentation capacities nationwide. 

The biotech industry not only consists of core players who predominantly engage in research & development, but is also home to a large number of technical suppliers and service providers(e.g. contract research organisations). Furthermore, businesses who operate in red biotechnology can benefit from the know-how and close cooperation with major pharmaceutical companies like Merck, Sanofi-Aventis, Boehringer Ingelheim or Fresenius. In the sector white biotechnology companies like BRAIN and BioSpring, located in FrankfurtRheinMain, are developing new ways of synthesis and bio-catalysts for large-scale use on a daily basis. 

Close integration between the industry and the research institutions is inherent in FrankfurtRheinMain. Consequently, the companies in the region offer competences along the entire value chain: from fundamental research to method and process development, as well as production on a hectolitre scale. 


Major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the region

A small selection of companies operating in FrankfurtRheinMain:

•    Sanofi-Aventis

•    Boehringer Ingelheim

•    Merck KgaA

•    Novartis

•    Merz Pharma

•    Fresenius AG and Fresenius Biotech

•    STADA Arzneimittel

•    Biotest AG

•    Evonik Industries


In the direct vicinity of FrankfurtRheinMain:

•    BASF

•    Roche Diagnostics

•    DECHEMA expert network for chemical engineering and biotechnology

•    Rhein-Main-Cluster Chemical & Pharmaceuticals