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The ecosystem

In Medical Valley, more than 230 members from business, science, healthcare, networks and politics jointly generate solutions for the challenges of healthcare today and tomorrow.

The Medical Valley European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg (EMN) is a leading international medical technology cluster.

Highly specialised research institutions as well as numerous internationally leading and emerging companies are active here. With the aim of jointly finding solutions to the challenges of health care today and tomorrow, they cooperate closely with world-renowned health research institutions.

In combination with the international market and competitive position of individual players, this offers optimal conditions to enable the rapid development of products, processes and services.

Numerous significant product innovations have come to market from the research laboratories of the Leading-Edge Cluster in recent years.

The outstanding national and international position of this economically strong region was confirmed in January 2010 when it was named a national cluster of excellence for medical technology by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) additionally strengthened.

In April 2017, Medical Valley, in cooperation with the Customs yard and the Health Hackers Erlangen one of twelve national "Digital
Hubs" from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) the Digital Health Hub.

Medical Valley EMN e. V., which currently has more than 210 members from business, science, healthcare, networks and politics, has been acting as the cluster management organisation since 2007.

Concrete activities of the Medical Valley EMN currently include the operation of the Innovation Centres Medical Valley Center Erlangen and Forchheim, the coordination of the Bavarian Medical Technology Cluster (in cooperation with Forum MedTech Pharma), the implementation of the Medical Valley Awards (prize for research teams in pre-start-up phases) and the coordination of the thematic platform "Digital Medicine/Health" within the framework of the Centre for Digitisation. Bavaria.

Medical Valley EMN is also a consortium partner of EITHealth, an association of European partners working within the framework of Horizon 2020 develop new solutions under the pillars "Promote Healthy Living", "Support Active Ageing" and "Improve Healthcare". EIT Health is currently one of the largest health research programmes in the world, with a budget of up to 80 million euros per year for the next 7 to 15 years.

The Medical Valley GmbH as the cluster's commercial platform, represents a competent implementation partner that is available for all questions relating to healthcare market access consulting, commercial consulting as well as capital brokering.

In 2019, the dmac - Digital Health Application Center was founded in Bamberg. The dmac is another essential hub in the Medical Valley ecosystem and offers effective support and advice to companies on their way to the digital medicine of tomorrow.

Performance promise


We accelerate the market introduction of innovations in the health sector.

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We promote transdisciplinary cooperation between all relevant stakeholders to improve innovation capacity in the health sector.

Plant soil

We create a stimulating atmosphere for the development of first-class products, health services and business models.

people network

We bring together innovative people and companies from all over the world to create medical added value here in Medical Valley.


We are developing Medical Valley into an internationally visible model region for optimal healthcare.








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Education & Training

Improving the capacity for innovation.

Company foundation & business development

More successful spin-offs, start-ups and SMEs.

Innovation-driven research

New products, services and business models.

Medical Valley model region

Infrastructure for innovation and faster time to market.

The Medical Valley One-Stop-Shop

The concept of the Medical Valley One-Stop-Shop includes comprehensive support for companies along the entire process from product idea to market access and reimbursement. It shows the diverse involvement of companies and institutes that support the Medical Valley. In addition, it demonstrates various diversions or services within the Medical Valley to provide companies with a wide range of resources and expertise. This integrated approach is designed to help companies manage their medical technology innovation journey more efficiently and effectively.