Medical technology

High tech in an international growth industry

With wide sales of approximately €250 billion and annual growth rates of 6 to 8 percent, medical technology is one of the key industries of the future. With more than 1000 innovative companies and approximately 80,000 highly qualified employees Bavaria takes on a leading role in Germany and Europe. Businesses in Bavaria generate approximately one third of German production. As a matter of fact, more than 3 percent of worldwide medical technology comes from Bavaria. This can also be expressed in sales figures: With sales of approximately €9.5 billion in 2015, Bavaria is equivalent to countries such as France and Italy.


This technical medical competence is supplemented through a top-class medical-clinical infrastructure with approximately 400 approved acute care hospitals, 55,500 physicians, 10,800 dentists, 285 care or rehabilitation facilities, 47 spas and health resorts. The focused cooperations and application-oriented networking of technologies and physicians are essential pillars for innovation. This is the background, against which the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology promotes the medical technology cluster platform. Joint sponsors of this cluster are two well-established, very successful organizations in Bavaria:

The Forum MedTech Pharma e. V. the largest interdisciplinary network in Bavaria, Germany, and Europe in the area of medical technology and the healthcare industry with 600 members, includes more than 10,000 customers from 4000 companies in approximately 1500 institutes and clinics from a total of 31 countries. The Medical Valley European Metropolitan region Nuremberg (EMN) is a leading international cluster in the area of medical technology. Functioning as a cluster management organization since 2007, Medical Valley EMN e.V. is an amalgamation of currently 185 members from industry, science, healthcare, networks and politics. The central tasks of cluster management are further development, coordination and marketing of the cluster.

Focus Areas

Over the next few years, in particular world-class research and development projects will be stimulated and implemented. In this regard, among other things, successful event formats, such as the Mt Connect/MedTech Summit Conference will be expanded, expert groups will be initiated in application areas, such as medical robotics, idea competitions will be organized, and companies will be supported in the acquisition of funding.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böcker

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böcker

Cluster Spokesman

[Translate to English:] Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erich R. Reinhar

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erich R. Reinhardt

Cluster Spokesman

Dr. Matthias Schier

Cluster Managing Director

[Translate to English:] Jörg Trinkwalter

Jörg Trinkwalter

Cluster Managing Director