CTC was founded and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland but has offices in Frankfurt, Germany and operates across Europe.
|Germany is located at the centre of Europe and boasts the biggest population in the European Union. The country has a mixed population of people from around the globe which has allowed for a wealth of culture, arts, language, tradition and much more.
Berlin and the East
Today, more than 30 years after the reunion of western and eastern Germany, Berlin has become a truly cosmopolitan city and is the of Germany. Generally all animosities between the eastern and western parts have ceased and employment conditions have more or less become equal.
Berlin is definitely the most prominent Life Science cluster within the five eastern counties. Of the top global players, Bayer has a R&G location in Berlin. A side from that, there is a bustling scene of about 500 small and midsized Pharma & MedTech companies and institutions.
There are also some small Life Science clusters in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen and Thüringen.
Hamburg, Bremen and the North
In addition to the city states of Hamburg and Bremen, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein also belong to the North. The region is still characterised by trade across the world's oceans and the history of the Hanseatic League (the “Hanse”).
There are three BioRegios (LifeScience Nord, BioNord and BioRegioN) which connect about 400 small and midsized Pharma & MedTech companies and institutions. Bremerhaven tries to compete with the much more famous cities of Hamburg and Hannover.
Cologne, Düsseldorf and the West
North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is the most populous of the 16 federal states with almost 18 million (22%) inhabitants. The Ruhr region or "Revier" is Germany's largest metropolitan area and, with over 5 million inhabitants, is larger than Berlin. Although Düsseldorf is the regional capital, Cologne is more widely known and visited. There is on-going competition between these two areas – half fun, half serious – partly about beer (or Alt), the Rhein, football teams and fairs.
The one global Pharma player in the region is Bayer (in) Leverkusen. But in the six BioRegios of NRW, approx. 600 companies and institutions mark themselves as Life Science related.
Frankfurt, the Centre
Frankfurt is perhaps the most international city in Germany and certainly the only one with a significant skyline. The financial centre and the airport have made Frankfurt a central anchor in Europe.
The Rhine-Main-Neckar area stretches from Ingelheim and Frankfurt down to Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and Mannheim; it is the most important pharmaceutical and medical technology location in Germany. AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, Frese-nius, GSK/Cellzome, Merck KGaA, Roche Diagnostics and Stada have research and/or production sites here. In addition, there are about 500 small and medium-sized companies in the four BioRegios.
München and the South-East (Bavaria)
The Free State of Bavaria has mastered the transition to high technology and biotechnology astonishingly well. You will find an astonishing mix of tradition and modernity, from the folk festivals of “Oktoberfest” to the cutting edge BMW headquarters.
Of the top global players, Novartis, Roche, Sandoz, and the Siemens Healthineers have relevant subsidiaries in Bavaria. Munich has about 250 SMEs in the Life Science area and. Al-so, quite a number of CROs.
Freiburg and the South-West
Freiburg is neither the largest nor the capital of Baden-Württemberg. But for CTC, it is quite simply our partner city, most conveniently located for travel to and from Basel, Switzerland. Freiburg is neither the capital of Baden-Württemberg, nor is it its biggest city. For CTC, it is just a well accessible partner location across the border.
With regard to the life science industry, the focus is elsewhere. First of all, there is the largest German biotechnological research and production centre of Boehringer Ingelheim in Biberach. In the surrounding areas you will find the 400 companies of the BioRegions around Tübingen, Ulm and Constance.
Europe and Switzerland
CTC has offices in both Basel, Switzerland and Frankfurt, Germany so we are happy to help you find roles, talent and offer other services to you if you are located throughout Europe. We have an international and experienced team that can help you find what you are looking for, in the language you are most comfortable with. If you would like to speak to one of our team-members to gain some guidance, please get in touch via the contact form below.