Berlin is an important centre for medical research and a dynamic provider of healthcare characterised by a large number of research institutions, R&D-driven companies and innovative start-ups. For 300 years, Berlin’s Charité has made medical history and has been associated with many great names and Nobel Prize winners. With around 17,500 employees, the Charité is Germany’s largest university hospital and the heart of the medical research landscape in Berlin. Over 800,000 people are treated there each year. Patients benefit from the proximity and knowledge transfer between research and practice. The life science institutes of the three major universities are also of great importance for medical research in Berlin. The many non-academic institutions, such as the renowned Robert Koch Institute and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, also play an important role. The Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) also focuses on the transfer of
research findings to hospitals and vice versa. The institute is unique in Germany and is a joint project of the Charité and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC). BIH is developing new approaches for better prognoses and novel therapies for progressive diseases and unsolved health problems.
Alternatives to animal testing As a large centre for biomedical research, Berlin has set itself the goal of taking on a pioneering role in the development of alternatives to animal experiments. To this end, a new research centre is being set up at the Charité in cooperation with other Berlin universities and institutes and funded by the state of Berlin.