In the laboratory of PharmGenetix, Photo: Sergiu Andres

Life Sciences

Companies in Salzburg

From young start-ups to SMEs to established corporations, Salzburg is home to companies of all sizes and stages in the life sciences field. In terms of content, the companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical technology sectors are diverse. Key areas of focus include diagnostics, dental medical technology, and nutritional supplements. Just like in other areas, our location shines with its close proximity to business, research, and education. The industry is growing, and this growth has been further accelerated by the Covid pandemic.

Life science companies at a glance

  • 60 companies in Salzburg
  • 3,000 employees
  • 1 billion in annual revenue

(Source: Life Sciences Austria Directory 2019)

We present a selection of Salzburg-based life science companies. If your company is missing from the list, please feel free to contact us! Please let us know why your company should be included here.

Diagnostics

Salzburg is home to important companies in the field of diagnostics. They benefit from their proximity to clinics and good cooperation with local laboratories.

  • Molecular Devices produces hardware and software solutions for life sciences research, including microplate readers, laboratory automation, cell imaging systems, and more. In the fall of 2022, the company opened its Organoid Innovation Center, the second of its kind worldwide, combining state-of-the-art technologies with novel methods of 3D biology. Learn more about it!
  • STRATEC Consumables has developed diagnostic tests that can analyze not only saliva and nasal swabs but also blood. The company specializes in the development and production of consumables for life science and in vitro diagnostics.
  • Tecan is a leading global provider of automated laboratory instruments and solutions.
  • Eurolyser produces test kits and devices for immediate diagnostics in the human, veterinary, and food sectors.

Micronutrients

Natural food supplements are not only trendy but are also manufactured by several well-known companies in Salzburg.

  • Almost everyone knows Biogena today, with its modern stores. The family-owned company develops, produces, and markets high-quality micronutrient products based on the pure substances principle.
  • Capsumed specializes in the manufacturing, distribution, logistics, and storage of nutritional supplements for B2B and B2C. Customers can also customize their nutrient mix.
  • Nutropia Pharma is an R&D company focused on nutrition-related conditions.

Dental Medical Technology

  • W&H Dentalwerk manufactures high-tech products for dental applications.
  • Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of dental products and technologies for dentists and dental technicians.
  • DMU is dedicated to digitizing dentistry and operates in the areas of device development, processing technology, and collaborative robotics.

Other MedTech Companies

  • medPhoton develops and produces medical devices and software in the field of X-ray imaging, image processing, and radiation therapy.
  • PharmGenetix produces medication tailored to the genes of individual patients.

Covid-19 response

The general uncertainty, shift to digital processes, and the newfound significance of medical services – the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted many areas. For many life science companies, this meant a boost as they had to meet the challenge of increased demand. The diagnostics sector, strongly represented in Salzburg, experienced an elevation in importance. Some companies completely transformed their business models during this time. In both cases, funding played a crucial role in driving innovation. Read more about it in the blog post!

These companies were at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19:

  • Procomcure Biotech started manufacturing Covid-19 rapid tests as early as February 2020, being one of the first.
  • Novogenia, known for their part in Salzburg’s PCR test strategy, now operates one of the largest laboratories in Austria.
  • HygCen tests the quality of medical products, disinfectants, and personal protective equipment such as masks.
  • The start-up hotelkit created a digital communication platform called medikit, which helps organize the clinical routine.

Start-ups

Young, innovative companies bring fresh approaches and drive our economy forward, including in the field of life sciences. Some of them receive intensive support in their development steps through our Startup Salzburg FACTORY. This selection of life science start-ups showcases the diversity of these young entrepreneurs:

  • XR Synergies revolutionizes patient education with virtual reality (VR) glasses.
  • Symptoma is a digital health assistant used by both medical professionals and patients. The start-up originated in Salzburg.
  • Feragen has developed a DNA test for animals that enables genetic analysis.
  • NUKKUAA offers a virtual sleep laboratory at home through an app, providing evidence-based sleep therapy.

News

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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