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Trend  Report  |  Big  Data  &  Health  

What’s  up  Berlin?  
Berlin-­‐Brandenburg   is   known   for   being   amongst   the   leading   regions   with   life   sciences   and  
healthcare  industry  centers.  Outstanding  science  and  research  facili/es  together  with  a  broad  
range   of   business-­‐oriented   research   and   development,   create   an   ideal   infrastructure   for  
transforming  the  latest  scien/fic  findings  into  innova/ve  products  for  the  healthcare  sector,  
and  make  this  region  the  key  player  in  the  innova6on  landscape  of  Germany  and  Europe.    
Approximately   350,000   people   work   in   the   healthcare   industry   in   Berlin   and   Brandenburg,  
which   is   more   than   ⅛   of   the   region´s   total   number   of   employed   people.   Therefore,   the  
healthcare   sector   shows   a   large   contribu/on   to   employment   and   growth   in   the   region.   In  
addi/on,  the  joint  innova/on  strategy  of  Berlin  and  Brandenburg  (innoBB),  which  came  into  
existence  in  2007,  aims  to  expand  the  cluster's  development  and  drive  top  performance  for  
the  regional  and  global  healthcare  markets.    

As   a   result,   one   can   understand   the   importance   of   Berlin   as   a   hotspot   for   healthcare  
innova6on   and   therefore,   the   importance   for   startups   to   establish   their   headquarters   in  
Berlin;  the  city  is  full  of  opportuni6es  and  acceptance.  Also,  it  is  rather  easy  for  digital  health  
startups  to  connect  with  policy  makers  in  the  healthcare  industry,  since  health  economics  are  
preby  much  interwoven  with  health  policies.  
According   to   Juliane   Zielonka   from   Startupbootcamp   Digital   Health,   Berlin   has   35   large  
research  ins/tutes  and  universi/es  focusing  on  life  sciences.  For  digital  health  startups,  this  is  
very   beneficial   as   it   allows   access   to   a   network   of   qualified   researchers,   a   great   test   ground  
for  prototyping,  and  a  large  pool  of  employable  research  and  development  teams.  Accurate  
laws   protect   businesses   and   entrepreneurs   and   further   policy   changes   are   in   mo/on.  
According  to  McKinsey,  the  city  of  Berlin  is  expected  to  create  100,000  new  jobs  by  2020.