The Official Development Agency of the City of Vilnius

Biotechnology

Building on a tradition for innovation that includes Prof. Virginijus Šikšnys’ groundbreaking work in the field of CRISPR technology, Vilnius is fast becoming a Biotechnology hub.

With extensive R&D experience, technology parks and valleys purpose built to sustain and grow businesses, Vilnius is the ideal home for Biotechnology.
25%

Sector growth annualy, the fastest in EU

Source: Invest Lithuania, 2019

Over 100

Countries where products are exported

Source: Enterprise Lithuania, 2019

1% of GDP

Created by the life sciences sector

Source: Enterprise Lithuania, 2019

80%

Of products are exported

Source: Enterprise Lithuania, 2019

US, UK

Israel, Japan, Germany are primary markets

Source: Enterprise Lithuania, 2019

Notable sector achievements

  • Virginijus Šikšnys from Vilnius University − one of the founding developers of CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology was awarded Warren Alpert Prize in 2016.
  • Vilnius University "Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM" team won the largest, most prestigious, international Synthetic Biology competition International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM). Vilnius University students bested more than 300 teams from leading world universities twice.
  • According to Scientific American Worldview international biotechnology ranking 2018, Lithuania has the fastest-growing biotechnology sector globally.

Ecosystem

  • Lithuanian Biotechnology Association unites 23 companies and science institutions as well as 62 personal members with the aim to promote biotechnology science and its wide applications.
  • Vilnius University institute of Biotechnology has begun the history of bitechnology in Vilnius over 45 years ago and today continues to maintain the highest standards of scientific endeavour and technological advance in a broadly defined field of molecular biotechnology.
  • Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre being a centre of with modern laboratory equipment and top-level scientific research services, it houses three academic branches working with in biochemistry, biotechnology and biosciences.
  • Vilnius University Biotechnology Business Incubator provides access to modern infrastructure, R&D services and highest qualification professional consultations for small and medium enterprises working in life sciences or related fields.
  • Life Sciences Baltics is the main international forum in the Baltics for world-class biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices experts from all around the globe.
  • Bespoke BioTech science valley - Santara Valley is a dedicated valley for companies focused on BioTech, innovative medical technologies, molecular and bio pharmacy, and sustainable development.

Companies already in Vilnius

Thermo Fischer Scientific
Teva
Sanobiotec
Profarma
Droplet Genomics
Caszyme
Biomatter Designs

Other key sectors

Fintech
Fintech
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