Where Growth and Science Have a Long Tradition

Innovative and dynamic life science region with international appeal – that is the Life Science Nord cluster

Innovation through Collaboration

It's all in the mix: Life science pioneers have been active in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein for many decades, as have renowned research institutions or emerging companies and start-ups. All of the approximately 600 players benefit from the direct proximity to four research associations, two university hospitals, 14 research institutions – including unique large-scale research facilities such as DESY or the European XFEL – and eight universities. Countless research and development collaborations have produced new products and spin-offs that are continuously bringing us closer to our goal of supporting global healthcare in a targeted manner from northern Germany.

Working Together to Make the World of Tomorrow a Better Place Already Today

The life science industry in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein is internationally oriented and works closely with partners worldwide. This contributes to global networking and the exchange of knowledge and technologies. Stable and future-oriented bridges have been built not only to numerous European countries, but also to Japan, China, and the USA.

From the Basics to the Final Solution

Outstanding features of the cluster are its broad corporate base and complete value chains from basic and applied research to clinical trials and marketable end products. The intensive, trusting collaboration between researchers, clinicians and industrial partners is reflected in innovative products, sustainable projects, and new technologies.

As an innovative core area of the healthcare industry, life sciences are an important future field for the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. Factors such as demographic change, climate change and globalization, which brings new infections and infection pathways, are constantly presenting the industry with new challenges.

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Outstanding Expertise in all Life Sciences

Industry and science are therefore working hand in hand. Together, they cover the entire value chain required to create new therapies or medical devices: from research, development and clinical trials to manufacturing, marketing, and sales. This close collaboration of researchers and clinicians with industrial partners and highly specialized service providers is reflected in the diverse, innovative products, projects, and technologies from the region. In the subsectors of medical technology, biotech, pharma and digital health, there are outstanding competencies in the fields of:

  • Imaging
  • AI integration
  • Surgical technology
  • Precision medicine
  • Implantology
  • Orthopedics
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Drug discovery – especially in the indication fields of neurodegenerative diseases, oncology, inflammation, and infections
  • Platform technologies

Life sciences – a sector with purpose for the future

With more than 55,000 employees, the North German life sciences sector achieved a gross value added of 5.7 billion euros in 2021. Between 2012 and 2021, the cluster recorded an average employment increase of 1.2 percent per year. This means that the number of employees in the LSN sector grew by 0.2 percent per year more than in the overall economy in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein.


In 2021, Life Science Nord was awarded the GOLD label "Excel in Cluster Excellence" by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) for the third time in a row.