Research at PMU, photo: Paracelsus Medical University/Wild+Team

Life Sciences

Research competencies in Salzburg

Intensive investments have been made in the expansion of life sciences in recent decades, which is why Salzburg is now internationally recognized as a research hub.

Significant amounts have been invested in expanding the life sciences sector in recent decades, and Salzburg has consequently evolved into an internationally renowned research location. We owe this to institutions, such as the private Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) and its university hospital at Landeskrankenhaus Salzburg, the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, and the excellent cooperation between these institutions.

With the Cancer Cluster and BioMedCenter, Salzburg is also a centre for cancer research. Their renowned research excellence reflects Salzburg’s qualities as a life sciences location. Salzburg combines a high level of expertise with excellent training and research opportunities and collaboration between experts from different institutions. Be it development of new tissue, or stopping dementia processes in the brain – in Salzburg, extensive research is also being conducted in regenerative medicine, especially in the fields of cell therapy and wound healing, among others for the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa, the so-called ‘butterfly disease’. Excellent results are also being achieved in Salzburg in the field of vesicle research. It works closely with the pharmaceutical industry on messenger substances used to fight diseases.

At the same time, digital solutions are also seen as important vehicles for improving health, which is why several institutions in Salzburg are conducting research in the field of digital health. One of these is the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital Health and Prevention, which aims to use digital technologies to help cardiovascular patients make lifestyle changes.

The small but extremely innovative Institute of Ecomedicine at PMU Salzburg is conducting research into how
people’s health is affected by their environment. This extends from real environments, such as healthcare facilities or constructed environments, through to virtual reality scenarios.

Supporting institutions

Clinical Research Center Salzburg
From putting research staff and experts in touch with each other, to drawing up contracts and issuing invoices – it provides a comprehensive service for industry clients as well as academic researchers wanting to conduct a clinical trial in Salzburg. This also includes training and courses for research staff and clinical researchers.

GMP Laboratory
Salzburg is an international leader in the pharmaceutical production of new, cell-based therapies. Thanks to clean-room technology and GMP (good manufacturing practice), scientists in Salzburg are able to produce substances from stem cells, for example, in such good quality that they can be tested on humans. Many projects in the field of regenerative medicine have only been possible due to this combination of clean room and GMP processes.


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.

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.

8. June 2021

How to promote better integration of cochlear implants

Tiny particles released by human stem cells are called extracellular vesicles. The world’s first administration of therapeutics based on vesicles took place in Salzburg. This allows, among other things, hearing implants to heal better. The research team led by Mario Gimona and Eva Rohde discovered that vesicles can do much more than previously thought.

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