Engineering in the life sciences industry concerns the application of engineering principles and practices to living organisms, and is used in everything from stem cell engineering, biochips, biosensors, molecular biocomputing to medical imaging, infusion pumps to microkeratomes. Their task, to quote the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is to “devise new methods, technologies and products to improve our health and fight against disease.”

Thanks to an impeccable reputation for producing top quality products and a well-regulated environment, the phrase ‘Made in Germany’ has become synonymous with quality and innovation. Due to this reputation, Germany
has become the largest medical device sector in Europe and the third largest in the world. The sector takes up 10.2% of global tech production with most recent reports showing €27.6bn in sales, €17.6bn of which was in exports (

The coming years will see the medical device sector grow in importance - by 2035, Germany’s over-65 population will reach 24 million, representing a third of the domestic population, while the over-50 demographic will represent at least half. As such, digital health companies in Germany have become heavily focused on the ‘silver economy’, working on developing medical devices which will improve the quality of life for an ageing population. This will lead to a huge increase in the number of jobs created in the field.

A pharmaceutical engineer can be involved in every process of the production of a drug, right down to designing the packaging it comes in to ensure quality management, tamper indication and safety. This is a growing sector of the industry and its continued growth is sure to provide an abundance of jobs for the more creatively inclined pharmaceutical engineers. The global pharmaceutical packaging market size was estimated at €82.6bn now, and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 8.3% until 2025. The increasing demand for pharmaceuticals owing to increase in healthcare coverage, growing ageing population, and an increase in non-communicable disease in emerging economies are the major drivers for the pharmaceutical packaging market.

​EPM Scientific is a global specialist recruitment company working exclusively in the Life Sciences industry. Our expert consultants place the best talent in the engineering sector in Germany and across Europe.

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