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The company BioNTech has created a momentum that has greatly increased the local attractiveness of the city of Mainz and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in the southwest of Germany in the field of life sciences and biotechnology, both nationally and internationally. The goal of the city of Mainz is to maintain this momentum and to further promote the development of Mainz as a biotech location.

Biotechnology – the key technology of the 21st century

Biotechnology can help us find solutions to the major challenges of our time. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (2020), 20 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year. The social and economic importance of this key technology is enormous, and not only in the field of cancer research.

What is biotechnology?

Biotechnology is a collective term for an almost unmanageable variety of processes, products and methods. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) defines biotechnology as „the application of science and technology to living organisms and to their components, products and models with the aim of modifying living and non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services“. „Wherever products are produced by technical means with the aid of biological systems or parts thereof, biotechnology is being practised“. – is how the standard work „The Biotechnology Industry“ (Springer Berlin) sums it up.

Success factors and goals of the development in Mainz

The central results of a needs analysis carried out by Deloitte show the success factors for the further expansion of Mainz as a biotechnology location. These include:

  • a focus on the development of a central campus in the vicinity of the university campus as a starting point for further location development
  • a good spatial mix for planning the campus; e.g. modern, flexible, basic technical equipment of offices and laboratories are required to be competitive
  • the integration of a sustainability concept, e.g. in energy supply and mobility, as well as social factors into urban planning from the very beginning

The goal is an internationally recognised and steadily growing biotechnology cluster with a strong start-up scene and successful technology transfer. To achieve this goal we aim to:

  • establish a strong partner network involving existing networks and institutions, development of networking events as well as attractive meeting rooms in the campus area as well as the promotion of start-ups with the aim of developing lighthouse projects to attract international talent and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Mainz
  • facilitate the access to financing networks and public funding, e.g. through a central platform that coordinates investor enquiries and builds contacts with stakeholders in the ecosystem

Key figures

  • Potential for around 5,000 new jobs in the next 10 years
  • 30 hectares for startups and SMEs
  • 100 new members in the Biotech-Mainz network in the next 10 years
  • 1 billion € estimated investment volume in the next 10 years

Our vision for the future

Building on the successes of BioNTech, the cooperation of science, business and politics will have created a successfully growing and internationally respected biotechnology cluster in 10+ years, which will continue to develop dynamically.

Status quo & past
„BioNTech in Mainz“
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  • Historically grown base of SMEs and large corporations as well as excellent research institutes
  • BioNTech’s success generates momentum of international appeal

“The innovative
biotechnology location“
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  • Increased attractiveness of location through improved infrastructure and research funding
  • Growing attractiveness for international talents/companies in the life sciences and biotechnology industry
  • Campus development and networking activities promote technology transfer between science and business

“The future biotechnology campus Mainz“
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  • Location growth through expansion of the biotechnology campus
  • Expansion of locally grown and newly established companies and research institutes

“The regional
biotech cluster“

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  • Internationally recognised and growing biotechnology cluster
  • Strongly growing start-up scene
  • Established financing network of private investors and public sponsors

We have been supporting the successful foundation and development of biotechnology companies in Mainz for years. Thanks to a powerful and unique scientific landscape and the work of outstanding personalities, globally successful companies in the healthcare industry and research institutions have been founded. The successes of BioNTech, TRON and Ganymede impressively demonstrate the innovations that are already being created in Mainz as a biotechnology location. It is the clear goal of the city to help make living and working in Mainz even better. That is why we will initiate targeted investments in the further development of Mainz as a biotech location on the basis of the study now available.

Michael Ebling

Biotech Location Mainz

Next to the university campus

  • Area approx. 18 hectares
  • Direct proximity to the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the institutes & core facilities located there
  • Development plan enables biotech companies and research institutions to settle here
  • Development work to begin in the next few weeks
  • Good connection by tram
  • A new „Technologiezentrum“ (start-up centre) is planned here


  • Area approx. 12 hectares
  • Direct proximity to BioNTech, TRON and the University Hospital
  • Expansion areas planned for BioNTech, construction activities ongoing
  • Planned: residential development & mixed-use area for further biotech companies
  • Good connection to the city