İzmir is one of the leading health centers of Turkey with its hospitals, healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the sector.
İzmir hosts 15.5% of the medical device producers and 16% of the labor force that produces medical devices in Turkey.
İzmir Provides Quality Health Care
There are 24 Private, 23 State and 8 University Hospitals in İzmir.
13.7% of the total doctors and 15.5% of the total health care personnel in Turkey are in İzmir.
İzmir offers accessible health care for all, with 28.6 beds per 1000 people.
"People in İzmir, which is one of the symbols of the Aegean culture, enjoy a healthy lifestyle as an inevitable consequence of the interaction of different cultures. These lands, which have hosted numerous civilizations from Hittites to Ionians; from Pergamons to Romans, are now one of the most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities in Turkey. To me, İzmir is the center of healthy living in Turkey. This city has been a home to Western medicine as well as the pioneer of progress in health throughout its history of 8500 years."
Prof. Dr. Gökhan S. Hotamışlıgil
J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism
Harvard University Head of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases
İzmir is a Prominent City with a Strong Health Technology Infrastructure
Dokuz Eylul University Biotechnology Campus
The Biotechnology Sector has a Privileged Place in the Incentive System
Being among the priority sectors for TUBİTAK and KOSGEB, the biotechnology sector is supported through grant programs. In addition, a minimum 1 million TL of medical device and medicine development investments are among the priority issues within the scope of the investment incentives of the Ministry of Economy.
İzmir Provides Skilled Labor to the Biotechnology Sector
5 of the 8 universities in İzmir have medical schools.
İzmir trains qualified labor for the sector with more than 2.000 engineering graduates annually.
İzmir supports the sector with nearly 1.000 science graduates each year.
Universities in İzmir graduate nearly 2.000 doctors and healthcare personnel each year.
İzmir Offers Suitable Investment Areas for Biotechnology Companies
İzmir offers tax benefits and established investment infrastructure areas for the investors. DEPARK and ideEGE are the only technoparks specialized in biotechnology and life sciences in Turkey. ESBAŞ, on the other hand, is one of the leading free zones of Europe which includes health care equipment producer such as Lansinoh.
"Izmir is a modern European city. İzmir really has a qualified workforce with a high level of education and a homogeneous structure. Not only it is located at the western end of the Asia but it is also the nearest town of the continent to Europe. İzmir is a gateway from Asia to Europe and from Europe to Asia. The people of İzmir get along well with both Europeans and Asians. It only takes 45 minutes to drive from the city center to holiday destinations. You have the opportunity to take a vacation at different locations for years without having to move away from the city. İzmir is a dynamic city which has high tolerance. "It's really a great privilege to live in this city."
Chairman of the Executive Board of Meditera Group
Large Projects are Carried out in the Health Sector in İzmir
İzmir Institute of Biomedicine and Genome
- 21.000 m2 closed area
- Has a pilot drug manufacturing facility
- Biosafety level 3 laboratories
- Embodies 20 different doctoral programs within
- The largest biotechnology R&D investment in Turkey.
İzmir Health Technologies Development and Accelerator (BioIzmir) project gathers the fundamental “from bench side to bed side” components in the medical world. BioIzmir is implemented with “one-stop-shop” approach to support Izmir vision being the intersection of health enterprise and innovation on regional, national and international platforms. It is a project that's supported by the İzmir Development Agency. The actions to be taken within the scope of the project will help taking the first steps in combining the R&D and innovation systems with the industry. The project will support the development of health technologies both in İzmir and Turkey. "
Prof. Murat ÖZGÖREN
Dokuz Eylül University Vice-Chancellor