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Which city is the best to live In? For several years Mercer Quality of Living Survey gives the same answer: Vienna

Publish date: 2012-12-20

Vienna is not only an economical and political center of Austria, but also one of the most important life science hubs in Europe. Especially in the field of biotechnology Vienna is the leading area in Austria and the most rapidly developing center of medical technology in the country.

Tags: biotechnology , austria

There are more than 61 biotechnological companies in Vienna (data from 2010) and 43 of them are completely dedicated to biotechnology. 70 % of the companies operate in the sector of health and medicine and are engaged in developing new biopharmaceuticals. The remaining 18 companies are mainly big pharmaceutical enterprises such as Baxter or Eli Lilly, which can be regarded as a nucleus around which the whole biotechnological industry arises.

In 2010 the companies dedicated to biotechnology spent 146 milion euro on research and development. 11 000 people were employed in Austria in 2010 in biotechnology sector, while 7.5 thousand worked in Vienna. 56 % of employees are women, which is much more than in any other hi-tech sectors. This city is an incredibly important centre of industry and research, which is the reason why such companies as Johnson & Johnson, Siemens Healthcare and GE Healthcare have their headquarters here.

Biopharmaceuticals produced in Vienna are already available on the market. Among others Marianomed released antiviral spray against cold and Intercell a vaccine against Japanese encephalitis.

Vienna is not only the industrial hub but also the scientific one. There are 7 universities, 10 non-profit research institutions and 5 other organizations conducting research in life science area. Vienna, among others, equals: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), University of Technology, Medical University of Vienna, Campus Vienna Biocenter (CVBC) and Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). 35 000 students at life sciences degrees are taught by 14 000 scientists.

The city supports the development of the business with many funding and awards. The Center of Innovation and Technology ZIT is a agency of promotion which constantly helps the companies with grants, implementation of technology and making the infrastructure available. Life Science Austria Vienna (LISAvienna) functions as a coordinator and service center for scientists and business. The initiative focuses on help with patenting, funding projects and start-ups.

Top 10 life science companies in Vienna:

1 Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH

2 Intercell AG

3 Affiris AG

4 Agfa HealthCare Ges.m.b.H.

5 VIVISOL Heimbehandlungsgeräte GmbH

6 Technoclone GmbH

7 NABRIVA Therapeutics AG

8 Avir Green Hills Biotechnology AG

9 TissueGnostics GmbH

10 Carl Reiner GmbH


Natalia Pankiewicz



Vienna Life Science Report. Sector Survey: Facts and Directory 2010/2011


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