The Cluster-Region

The Cluster-Region

The Cluster-Region

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  • Population and infrastructure

    The Rhine-Main region is one of Europe's largest metropolitan areas. The urban megalopolis has a population of 5.5 million and is located in the southern-central part of western Germany, where the Rhine and Main rivers meet. Four million inhabitants live in the urban centers of Darmstadt, Frankfurt/Main, Ludwigshafen, Mainz and Wiesbaden alone, including their commuter belts. Thus the cluster region extends across the German states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. As one of Europe’s transportation hubs, the Rhine-Main region has excellent national and international connections via Frankfurt Airport, a very well-developed rail and road network, as well as via the Rhine River as a major water thoroughfare. Europe’s second largest financial center is located at the heart of this metropolitan region.

  • Innovative medical region with a long history

    The Rhine-Main region, historically known as the “pharmacy of the world”, is one of the world’s pharmaceutical and life science regions with the richest tradition. It is globally recognized today as being one of Germany’s strongest pharmaceutical industry sites. More than 300 companies, including more than 90 focusing mainly on biotechnology, are located in the region. The world's leading pharmaceutical companies and corporations such as Abbott, Biotest, Boehringer Ingelheim, Fresenius SE, Merck Serono and Sanofi-Aventis are headquartered here or have a strategically important company site. The Ci3-region is #1 in Germany and #2 in Europe for Biotech and Pharma patents (RWI-Accompanying evaluation of funding instruments "Leading-Edge Cluster Competition" of the BMBF 2014). With a turnover of over 20 billion Euros per year, Rhine-Main is one of Europe’s most economically viable life science regions. More than 150 new drugs which were developed in the cluster region are in clinical testing. More than half of these stem from biotechnological research. The University Hospitals of Frankfurt and Mainz as well as a network of decentralized health care providers, among others the German Center for Cardiovascular Research and the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research, provide the highest quality medical services for large numbers of national and international patients from an extensive geographic area.