Düsseldorf. A city of charm, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Wirtschaftsförderung Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, the cosmopolitan capital of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, shows its particular strengths in the area of chemicals and pharmaceuticals with a special focus on life sciences and biotechnology. Here, leading companies in the sector meet outstanding research institutions - in a city that offers outstanding infrastructure.

Global leaders in chemicals and life sciences such as Bayer, Henkel, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto and 3M Medica as well as leading German biotech companies such as Qiagen, Evotec and NewLab BioQuality AG, which is now a subsidiary of the U.S.-based Charles River group, have chosen to base operations in Düsseldorf and its surrounding area. A total of more than 90 life sciences and biotechnology companies as well as a large number of specialist service providers and suppliers are located in the Düsseldorf area.

Intensive research. Effective support.


Two internationally renowned life sciences research institutions are the magnet and motor for the dynamic growth in this sector: the Heinrich Heine University and Düsseldorf University Hospital. More
than 1,300 scientists work here on research into the molecular processes of ageing, cardiology, hepatology, structural biology and industrial biotechnology; spin-offs of the Heinrich Heine University in the area of biotechnology now generate more than 50 % of the sales of all stock exchange listed German biotech companies. The Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) and the German Diabetes Centre (DDZ) add further kudos to Düsseldorf’s research landscape. The Life Science Centre Düsseldorf assists the development of technology and entrepreneurship and is another important factor in the success of the location. The centre works closely with the university, the city and the Life Science Network Düsseldorf to create the optimum environment for innovative companies to implement and develop their ideas. It offers support both to start-ups and established companies in all matters regarding financing, siting, subsidies, founding a company and transfer of technology.

Where your interests are well represented.


As the capital of Germany’s most populous state, Düsseldorf is home to important associations and organisations in the area of chemicals and life sciences. These include the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the State Committee of the Employers’ Associations of the Chemical Industry of North Rhine Westphalia as well as the association BioRiver® – Life Sciences in the Rhineland, which counts some 100 institutions from science and business in the region among its members.

Outstanding infrastructure.

Successful events.
Düsseldorf enjoys the benefits of an outstanding infrastructure. The city lies at the heart of a highly developed highway network and has Germany’s third largest airport, Düsseldorf International, on its doorstep, not to mention a range of welcoming and efficient hotels. These offer more than 20,000 beds in the 3 to 5 star segment providing an excellent setting for successful meetings, conventions and trade fairs. The most prominent of these are MEDICA and COMPAMED, and the Congress Center Düsseldorf (CCD) has already twice hosted the pharmaceutical and biotech conference Bio Europe.