GMP Laboratory at the PMU, Photo: wildbild

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Life Sciences made in Salzburg

60 companies. 3,000 employees. € 1 billion annual turnover. The life sciences are well represented in the small state of Salzburg, and they are growing all the time.

A diverse future industry

The diverse industry, which encompasses the pharmaceutical, bio technology and medical technology sectors, has deep roots in the state of Salzburg. The expertise is concentrated in a wide range of companies, from start-ups and highly innovative SMEs, to subsidiaries of specialised corporations and global market leaders. The business activities revolve mainly around diagnostics, dental technology and nutritional supplements.

An increasing number of companies from other industries are also entering the growing life sciences market as service providers and product suppliers. These companies specialise in plastics technology, electronics, precision mechanics, mechatronics and mechanical engineering.

There is a great demand for information and knowledge about this future-oriented industry. Innovation Salzburg therefore offers advice and guidance for companies that want to flourish in the field of life sciences or are looking for research partners.

Focus areas in Salzburg

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In recent decades, there has been a significant investment in the expansion of the life sciences sector, making Salzburg an internationally recognized research hub.

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From early childhood education programs in the STEM subjects (Mathematics, Information Technology, Natural Sciences, and Technology) to university and college studies, Salzburg offers a wide range of opportunities to learn and further educate oneself in the field of life sciences.

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The mix makes it: Learn more about the versatile life science companies in Salzburg.


19. July 2023

From Mozart to Hightech

In the Austria Picture that aired on ORF 2 on June 11th, our CEO Walter Haas stated, “Salzburg should stand for research, technology, and the future.” The program, produced by the Salzburg Regional Studio, focused on our innovation ecosystem.

28. November 2022

Healthier lifestyle through digital tools

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital Health and Prevention in Salzburg is celebrating its third birthday.

19. September 2022

New collaboration for vesicle research

“Extracellular Vesicles Therapeutic Technologies” is a flagship project of the Science and Innovation Strategy of the state of Salzburg and is supported by funding from the state of Salzburg and the European Regional Development Fund for investments in growth and employment.

1. September 2022

Research and Transfer Centers in Salzburg

Salzburg has a strong research landscape with six universities and universities of applied sciences, as well as numerous non-university research institutions. The WISS2025 initiative further strengthens research structures in Salzburg.

30. June 2022

Salzburg’s Top Research Presented Itself in Vienna

Salzburg’s research landscape is impressive! To showcase flagship projects from the WISS, the Science and Research Strategy of the State of Salzburg, in the fields of Cybersecurity, Life Sciences, Circular Economy, and Startup Salzburg, Innovation Salzburg organized the WISS Roadshow on Wednesday, June 29th, at the House of Engineers in Vienna.

24. June 2022

START-Prize of over one million euros for young researcher

The bioscientist Elfriede Dall from the University of Salzburg has been awarded the START Prize, Austria’s most highly endowed and recognised science prize for young researchers. Over the next six years, the prize winner will have 1.2 million euros at her disposal for her research on the cell protein legumain.

8. November 2021

Philip Levine Research Award for Salzburg team

Eva Rohde and her team at Paracelsus Medical University are being awarded the Philip Levine Prize by the German Society for Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology for their outstanding scientific work.

13. August 2021

Fighting Covid-19 as an economic boost

Covid19 has undoubtedly shaken up many things. Entire industries have had and continue to struggle with the effects; it is not predictable how quickly it will truly end. It is precisely this uncertain situation, the shift to digital processes, and the new significance of medical services that means a boost for some companies and initiatives.

19. July 2021

Using digital tools to improve sleep

Digital help for people with sleep problems: A virtual sleep lab will offer digital sleep analysis as well as coaching for optimizing sleep hygiene and sleep environment.

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