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Gehry Towers
Gehry Towers ©Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

Düsseldorf: At the cutting edge of progress.

Düsseldorf, state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia and an exceptionally cosmopolitan city, has major strengths in the fields of technology + innovation, chemicals + pharmaceuticals and medicine + healthcare. From mobile communications to life sciences and new media – Düsseldorf is both a trendsetter and indicator of new trends.

Technology + innovation: In Düsseldorf, this primarily means the telecommunications/mobile communications and media sectors. In both areas, the city on the Rhine enjoys an outstanding position. With 1,500 companies operating in the sector, Düsseldorf is a leading location for information technology and communications. Vodafone and E-Plus have their headquarters here and several divisions of Deutsche Telekom are also based in the city. Siemens is represented by its units Siemens IT Solutions and Services and Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson has its German headquarters in Düsseldorf. Vodafone, KPN International/E-Plus, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and others operate research centres, US companies such as Oracle, HP Enterprise Services or CGI operate from Düsseldorf and it is also one of the most important bases in Germany for a raft of rapidly growing Indian companies.

The city is also a media powerhouse. As well as major broadcasters and newspapers, there are around 2,000 companies operating in the print, audio and video sectors with 14,000 employees and around 750 companies in the film, broadcasting and press markets. Plus advertising agencies, recording studios, film production companies and many other firms bursting with typical Düsseldorf creative flair.

Chemicals + pharmaceuticals – an above all life sciences/biotechnology – are extremely important in Düsseldorf. Some of the most successful German biotech companies, e.g. Qiagen, Rhein Biotech/Dynavax Europe, Evotec or NewLab BioQuality/Charles River have their roots here and many global players from the life sciences sector are also represented, e.g. Bayer, Henkel, UCB, Medtronic, Janssen-Cilag, Johnson & Johnsons, Monsanto and 3M Medica. The Heinrich Heine University and University Hospital Düsseldorf are renowned for their research in the area of life sciences; more than 1,300 scientists work here, with a special focus on investigating the molecular aspects of ageing, cardiology, hepatology, structural biology and industrial biotechnology. The Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF) and the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) supplement Düsseldorf's research landscape; in addition the commercial centre of Düsseldorf offers life sciences companies close proximity to the major players in the sector and links to the rest of the world through its airport.

In Düsseldorf, all facets of medicine + healthcare are also represented ranging from a broad spectrum of facility and technology service providers to important sector associations and renowned research and educational institutions such as the hospital of the Heinrich Heine University, the Institute for the History of Medicine and the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine. The many trade fairs and congresses held in the city underline its status as an important centre of medicine.

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Düsseldorf Marketing and Tourism GmbH