DED - Free State of Saxony / Freistaat Sachsen

Regional Innovation Performance (2019) Dresden “Leader -”, Chemnitz “Strong –” & Leipzig “Strong +”

Total population (2019) 4,077,937

Population per km² (2019) 221.6

Proportion population older 65 year % 26,15%

Regional webiste

Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism


The Free State of Saxony is a landlocked state of Germany, bordering the states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria, as well as the countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. The regions’ S3 priorities include a focus on ICT and digital communication: IT infrastructures, e-commerce, e-business, e-government, software development, IT services, mobile embedded elements for communication among daily objects and towards their environment (embedded systems and internet of things), self-learning systems for the creation and storage of knowledge and learning, time and resource efficient computing systems for simulation and visualisation, applications for IT security with legal implications (identity management, authentification, linking information) and cyber physical systems. There is also a focus on photonics, nantechnology, biotechnology, new materials and advanced production technologies.

Is the region looking for international/European/interregional collaboration opportunities? Yes, We are currently continuing our participation in ERA PerMed.

Membership status

Member ICPerMed? no 

Mountain ? Non-mountain

Member Euregha?  no 

Adriatic-Ionian MacroRegion? no

InnoStars Region? no 

Northern Sparsely Populated Area (NSPA)? no

PM region according EC? no 

Baltic Sea MacroRegion? no

S3MedTech region? no 

Danube MacroRegion? no

S3P4PM region? no 

Alpine MacroRegion? no

Regions4PM region? yes

ERAPerMed? yes 

Central Europe? yes

MedTech4Europe? no

Council of European BioRegions (CEBR)? no

1M+Genome initiative? country level member

European Regions Research & Innovation Network (ERRIN)?  yes

Vanguard Initiative? yes

S3ClusSport member?  no

Policy documents

  1. Regional RL eHealthSax

Topics covered by policies : Education, training and skill development; Electronic and mobile health solutions

NACE Personalised Medicine/Personalised Health  related to Research and Innovation objectives:

C - Manufacturing; C.26 - Computer, electronic and   optical products; C.32 - Other manufacturing; J - Information and   communication technologies; J.61 - Telecommunications; J.62 - Computer   programming, consultancy and related activities; Q - Human health and   social work activities; Q.86 - Human health activities; Q.87 - Residential   care activities; M - Professional, scientific and technical activities; M.72   - Scientific research and development; P - Education

Scientific domain NABS Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related to Research and Innovation: NABS04 - Transport, telecommunication and other   infrastructures; NABS07 - Health;NABS09 - Education; NABS12 - General   advancement of knowledge: R&D financed from General University Funds   (GUF); NABS121 - R&D related to Natural Sciences - financed from GUF;   NABS122 - R&D related to Engineering Sciences - financed from GUF;   NABS125 - R&D related to Social Sciences - financed from GUF; NABS131 -   R&D related to Natural Sciences - financed from other sources than GUF;   NABS132 - R&D related to Engineering Sciences - financed from other   sources than GUF; NABS133 - R&D related to Medical Sciences - financed   from other sources than GUF; NABS135 - R&D related to Social Sciences -   financed from other sources than GUF; NABS136 - R&D related to Humanities   - financed from other sources than GUF

Policy objective Personalised   Medicine/Personalised Health related related to Research and Innovation   objectives: D - Digital transformation; D.18 - Advanced or High   performance computing; D.19 - Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems,   augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification &   interaction technologies; D.20 - Big data, data mining, database management;   D.23 - Cloud computing and software as a service and service architectures;   D.27 - e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing); D.28 - e-Inclusion (e.g. e-Skills,   e-Learning); D.29 - ICT trust, cyber security & network security; D.31 -   Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks);   D.35 - Robotics, autonomous and cyber physical systems (e.g. vehicles,   embedded systems); G - Public health & security; G.46 - Ageing societies;   G.49 - Public health & well-being; G.50 - Public safety & pandemics; I   - Social innovation; I.54 - New organisational models & social relations   that meet social needs; I.59 - Social innovation with regard to health,   well-being & elder care

RIS3 ? Yes  

PM@RIS3? Yes

Major Initiatives

  1. Biobank Dresden 

  2. Leipzig Medical  Biobank

  3. DKMS Stem Cell Bank 

  4. CCS Telehealth Ostsachsen 

  5.  IBMS Integriertes Betreunbsportal Multiple Sklerose 

  6. SOS-Care 

  7. Telepark 

  8. Else Kröne-Fresenius Center for Digital Health 


  10. countrylevel member 1+M Genomes Initiative 

  11. Digital Innovation Hubs:

Self evaluation

General perception of the implementation level of PM in the region - Low

Rate of the need for developing and implementing PM in the region - High

Rate of the need for increasing support/funding for PM activities in the  region - Medium

Rate of the need for increasing the capacity of PM skills in the region - High

Rate of the genomics literacy of the citizens in the region - Low

Rate of the need for increasing interregional collaboration in PM - Very High

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium