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Key figures

  • 400 companies
  • 5 Nobel Prize winners in medicine and chemistry in activity
  • More than 200 health facilities
  • 4 renowned university hospitals
  • No. 1 in France for incubating start-ups in the health field
  • More than 40% of the world’s pharmaceutical companies are located in the Upper Rhine Valley

Historically the cradle of the pharmaceutical industry, Eastern France is today a leading European player in the field of health, with more than 400 companies and major research and training institutes.

An ideal location opens up the Region to the major European healthcare markets.
More than 40% of the world’s pharmaceutical companies are located in the Upper Rhine Valley, making it a natural magnet for international key players in biotech, CROs, CDMOs and start-ups.

Nombre d’entre elles ont choisi la région Grand Est pour y implanter leurs activités de production ou de R&D dans les domaines de la pharmacie, de la bioproduction ou de la production de prothèses.

An ecosystem dedicated to the development of health companies

Eastern France is endowed with exceptional infrastructures: numerous high-tech platforms and several of the most modern hospitals in France. A dozen university hospital centres of international stature within a 200 km radius are suitable for conducting clinical trials and are ready to welcome partners.

Research institutes, universities and hospital infrastructures, numerous KOLs, as well as regional and national support tools, constitute a virtuous ecosystem. Four clusters and technology centres facilitate the establishment of companies. Biovalley France, the flagship of the European health clusters, aims to federate, develop and promote the health sector in Eastern France through innovation. This cluster brings together 350 companies in the fields of biotechnology and medical technology. Materalia, dedicated to the development of new materials, Prothesis Valley and NextMed, as well as the SEMIA incubator, focus on supporting companies and project leaders

Focus on the MedTech Campus

The “MedTech Campus” is located on the site of the Strasbourg University Hospital. A unique environment where patient care, research, technology, education, leading MedTech companies and entrepreneurship connect and strive for excellence. Topics of expertise include: image-guided micro-invasive surgery, robotics, AI, medical imaging… Always at the heart of innovation, the Region is a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence in the medical field.

Digital health and e-health

Numerous public experiments are leading to the emergence of a digital health and e-health sector: digital health solutions for the daily life of patients (e-meuse), data infrastructure and acceleration of digital health projects (INESIA), acceleration of the digital shift of software publishers (Pulsy), development of new uses and practices such as the “Health Territory of Tomorrow” in Strasbourg.

Your future ecosystem


Many companies in the medical field have set up or developed in Eastern France, including: Alcom Technologies, Eli Lilly, TokTokDoc, Novartis, Merck, RDS, Transgène, Orthogrid, Bioserenity, SANOFI, etc.

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