The Clinical Research Landscape in Germany

Written by: Lucy Walters
Published on: 11 May 2021

Clinical Research Landscape in Germany

According to research by Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI), Germany is one of the world’s top 5 leading locations for clinical studies, with its most important indication areas including oncology, diabetes, and inflammatory, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. The country has proven to be a desirable location for clinical research, not only due to its population size of over 83 million but also because of its strong healthcare infrastructure.

In 2020, there were more than 2,000 clinical studies in Germany, including those in the following locations:

North Rhine-Westphalia: 401 clinical studies

Baden-Wurttemberg: 328 clinical studies

Bavaria: 266 clinical studies

Berlin: 259 clinical studies

Saxony: 200 clinical studies

Hamburg: 157 clinical studies

Hessen: 151 clinical studies

Niedersachsen: 133 clinical studies

Schleswig-Holstein: 113 clinical studies

Saarland: 78 clinical studies

Rhineland-Palatinate: 78 clinical studies

Thuringia: 35 clinical studies

Saxony-Anhalt: 27 clinical studies

In October 2020, there were also 97 COVID-19 clinical studies registered at sites in Germany, around 50% of which were international collaborations, highlighting the country’s leading role in clinical research not only in Europe, but across the globe.


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