For People’s

biomindz — a successful life science and biotechnology hub designed for growth

Over the years, Mainz has developed a global reputation as a successful life sciences and biotechnology hub and today provides an ideal environment for both fundamental and application-based research as well as businesses.

The hub’s primary emphasis lies on immunology and individualized medicine, with a special focus on oncology. In addition, it boasts particularly strong expertise in diagnostics and analytics.

The place for life sciences and biotechnology

Life science hub

By developing this new campus, Mainz is investing in the future and injecting fresh momentum into the local life sciences and biotechnology community.

A total of roughly 74 acres (30 ha) of land for new business and research opportunities is available in the city proper, either immediately or in the medium term. New start-ups, companies and research institutes from the life sciences and biotechnology industry are invited to use this space as a base to establish themselves while existing businesses will benefit from space for further growth. 

The city of Mainz is currently preparing an urban planning competition for an area of 124 acres (50 ha) under the lead management of the Mainz Urban Planning Department to define the site’s long-term development potential. The available plots are located next to the present university expansion site and the campus currently under development. While the competition is exploring possibilities for attracting other life science players to the region, the goal is to promote high-quality growth that ensures a long-term symbiosis between environmental sustainability with urban development. 

Life Science Hub

In a convenient location close to the city, land is available for a modern life science campus.
Photo: Lukas Görlach

Facts and goals for the hub:

  • 74

    The total space available in the city proper for start-ups, business relocation and expansion.

  • 2–9–6

    Two universities, nine research facilities and six hospitals create a sound knowledge base.

  • 40

    There are almost 40,000 students enrolled at Johannes Gutenberg University and Mainz University of Applied Sciences, forming the basis for an attractive and highly skilled labor market.

  • 25

    Mainz is located in central Europe, with excellent road, rail, waterway and air connections to global markets. Frankfurt Airport is only 25 minutes away.

  • 100

    Setting up an internationally recognized cluster for life sciences and biotechnology with around 100 members in the network.

  • 1
    B €

    Goals include the generation of 1 billion euros in private and public investment, as well as the creation of new and secure jobs.

About biomindz

What we want to achieve together

It’s the people of our city who make the difference. Not only do they drive forward transformation and innovation with grit and determination, they also create a unique culture in Mainz that is rooted in hospitality, openness, cordiality and a down-to-earth mentality. These “Mainzvibes” are as they are known, are a unique asset that can be felt when you work and live in this city. 

They create an environment that is open to new ideas, allows innovation and entrepreneurship to flourish and offers room for growth. 

By using this environment to develop the Mainz life science and biotechnology hub into a leading international location, we are putting people first and following a shared vision:

We are laying the foundations for life sciences and biotechnology in Mainz to improve people’s quality of life.

In doing so, we are making a considerable contribution to the overarching goals of turning Mainz into a carbon-neutral city, as well as a modern, fully digital and attractive place to live and work where groundbreaking innovation drives the future.

How we understand our mission

With its more than two thousand years of history, Mainz has a tradition of innovation with a positive impact on the evolution of humankind — from the invention of the printing press to incredible achievements in the biotechnology sector. 

We have impressively demonstrated that the integration of existing scientific know-how, along with bold entrepreneurship and farsighted local development and start-up policy, leads to incredible successes from life science and biotechnology companies in Mainz. 

The life science and biotechnology hub is now set to grow further and bring together more know-how in order to pursue our shared mission in a targeted manner:

From Mainz, the scientific revolution in these forward-looking technologies is to be further advanced for the benefit of humankind.

This is why we are developing and positioning the life science and biotechnology hub in Mainz to create a leading international location.

We are leveraging the existing strengths of established companies and research facilities and creating the best possible environment for brilliant thinkers, start-ups, companies, investors and all other key players in the industry.

How we aim to achieve our goals

People are our guiding compass and represent the way we want to achieve our goals.

For us, responsibility and commitment mean:
We responsibly create good framework conditions for the life sciences and biotechnology industry. With a high level of commitment, we ensure that these technologies put people first and improve their quality of life.

For us, tradition and sustainability mean:
We are committed to our two-thousand-year-old tradition and unique culture in Mainz and think in the long term. In our actions, we are guided by the global goals for sustainable development.

For us, diversity and innovation mean:
We are committed to anchoring diversity in business and society and promoting a culture of diversity in Mainz’s life science and biotechnology community. We firmly believe that this is the only way to produce more innovative and better solutions that we want to actively promote.

What you can expect from us

biomindz Standortentwicklungsgesellschaft Mainz mbH is a municipal corporation that has been set up to help start-ups and companies successfully establish themselves and grow in Mainz, a life science and biotechnology hub.

Our essential task is to support the City of Mainz in the further development and promotion of the life science and biotechnology industry in Mainz as well as the  suurounding area and also the already existing and diverse ecosystem.

The key focal points lie in immunology and individualized medicine, with a special emphasis on oncology. In addition, there are great strengths in diagnostics and analytics.

We are a one-stop solution for investors, start-ups and companies in the life sciences and biotechnology industry. Our mission is to provide them with information, networking opportunities and professional support during their establishment and relocation.

We also maintain and nurture our relationships with all key stakeholders from business, science and politics with the aim of reinforcing local and national networks. As an important integrating element, we support the organization of cluster management in the field of life sciences and biotechnology.

In order to raise the national and international profile and appeal of Mainz as a life science and biotechnology hub, we are preparing marketing and PR activities to approach relevant industry experts. 

Our central promise is:

“biomindz — successful research, establishment and sustainable growth; for the benefit of humankind!”

Industry and location

What are the benefits of the biomindz community?

Biotechnology momentum
Positive development and the success story continues

“We have shown that companies can start up here and become very successful. BioNTech is a dynamically growing global corporation based in Mainz, proving that the city has an international appeal that has enormously enhanced the reputation of its research landscape. Newcomers can also benefit from this appeal and the existing ecosystem.”

Internationally recognized center of science
Excellent research and development

The success of BioNTech, Ganymed and TRON prove how the fundamental research performed at the city’s university hospital, Universitätsmedizin Mainz, can be translated into innovative products. There are more than 30 universities in the region, with some 250,000 students, representing an attractive skilled labor market. Companies can build relationships with the students at an early stage.

Excellent growth prospects
Ample commercial space and start-up support

The city of Mainz is investing in the future of the location. There are 30 hectares of city-center space available in the short and medium term for the successful launch of start-ups and the relocation of established businesses. The technology center operated by the city and state will offer laboratory and office space for start-ups with easy financing terms, as well as tailored advice and support. The assessment rate for trade tax has been reduced on a sustained basis.

Unique location and infrastructure 
Biotech metropolitan region and powerhouse in the heart of Europe

The hub is in one of the economically strongest regions of Germany and offers excellent land, water and air transport infrastructure, providing good access to world markets. The region as a whole is in excellent shape, boasting major companies from the life sciences and biotechnology industry (such as BI, Merck, Sanofi, BioNTech and Schott). Internationally renowned educational and research facilities make a considerable contribution to economic prosperity.

Excellent quality of life
World-class art and culture, coupled with the unique “Mainzvibes”

Mainz possesses over two thousand years of history and an extensive range of cultural and leisure activities. The metropolitan region also offers a huge volume of world-class art, sports and cultural events. Its unique culture rooted in hospitality, openness, cordiality and a down-to-earth mentality forms the Mainzvibes, which set the city apart from other locations. It creates an environment that is open to new ideas, allows innovation and entrepreneurship to flourish and offers room for growth.

What are the success factors for further economic development?

A study by Deloitte identifies the success factors for the expansion of Mainz as a biotechnology hub:

  • Focus on setting up a central campus in the vicinity of the university as a starting point for the further development of the location and formulating a relocation plan for a minimum of ten years
  • Mixed-use development is essential; modern, flexible offices and laboratories equipped with basic technology is necessary to be competitive
  • Incorporate sustainability aspects concerning energy supply and mobility, for example, as well as social factors, into urban planning from the outset

What are the local hub development goals in Mainz?

The shared goal is to set up an internationally recognized and constantly growing biotechnology cluster with a strong start-up scene and successful technology transfer.

What will it take to achieve this? What are we working on?

Promoting start-ups with the aim of developing flagship projects to attract international talents as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Mainz. More information on starting a business and support can be found here:


Where can I find more information about starting a business?

  • TechnologieZentrum Mainz (TZM) GmbH is a joint subsidiary of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and its capital city Mainz. It provides consulting services to technology entrepreneurs and start-ups from the fields of biotech and life sciences.
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  • More information on starting a business can be found on the city of Mainz economic development website.
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  • Gründungswerkstatt RLP is a service from the chambers of commerce and industry (IHKs) in Rhineland-Palatinate to support prospective start-ups and new companies.
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  • The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Viniculture of Rhineland-Palatinate (Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau, MWVLW) provides a website containing extensive information on setting up a business and succession. 
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  • The Investitions- und Strukturbank Rheinland-Pfalz (ISB) is the development bank of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, offering companies the relevant aid programs to help them set up. 
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  • Gründungsbüro Mainz is an alliance between the Startup Center at University Mainz, the university hospital and Mainz University of Applied Sciences. Its goal is to support and accompany students, professors, employees and alumni from science and research who are interested in setting up an academic start-up or spin-off company. 
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  • At the Johannes Gutenberg University Startup Center, people from all departments and status groups who are interested in setting up a company receive initial information, advice concerning their specific questions and assistance with funding applications, as well as any necessary referrals to external agencies.
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  • The university hospital’s Gründungsbüro develops innovative products in partnership with the region’s universities (TU Darmstadt and GU Frankfurt am Main), forms interdisciplinary start-up teams and actively supports them on their way to becoming successful businesses.
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  • The Start-up Campus at Mainz University of Applied Sciences rounds things out. The start-up campus “meins” (Mainz for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Nachfolge [Succession] and Start-up) brings together all start-up-related institutions, players, offers and services of Mainz University of Applied Sciences.
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Who do I contact if I would like to relocate my business to Mainz?

Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft der Stadt Mainz mbH (GVG) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the city of Mainz. It was set up in 1991 to develop commercial and residential properties and thereby improve the social and economic structure in the city of Mainz. The person to contact is:

Franz Ringhoffer, Managing Director of GVG
Phone: + 49 6131 124444

Where can I find information if I live abroad but would like to work in Rhineland-Palatinate?

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate and its capital city Mainz are situated in the heart of Europe. The region offers a strong economy, plenty of access to nature and great prospects for families. In addition to the city’s economic development department, the Mainz city authority compass offers helpful information for people who have recently arrived in Mainz to live and work here.

The state’s website provides further information on living and working in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Fields of action

biomindz Standortentwicklungsgesellschaft Mainz mbH is a municipal corporation and supports the city of Mainz in the further development of the life sciences and biotechnology industry here at the location. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Zentrale Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Stadt Mainz (ZBM). 

Our work focuses on four fields of action:

Working together with city and state

We work on behalf of the City of Mainz closely with other stakeholders from the city of Mainz and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate to achieve the common goal of ensuring that the life sciences and biotechnology industry from the city area and the surrounding area can continue to develop positively.

Rhineland-Palatinate biotechnology coordinator

Rhineland-Palatinate biotechnology advisory board

Mayor of the city of Mainz

TechnologieZentrum Mainz GmbH (TZM)