Life Sciences

Life sciences have a long and rich history in Latvia. Today, the life sciences sector in Latvia continues to make remarkable achievements.

The life sciences sector is a very important emerging sector for Latvia due to its size and also compared to other Baltic countries. It has been experiencing very high growth in value added both in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. It has not increased as much in employment, therefore gaining in productivity. It is an important sector for an export oriented country such as Latvia, and also due to the important service it provides to all industrial sectors.

The R&D on red biotechnologies (synthesized pharmaceuticals), white biotechnologies (industrial purposes), and green biotechnologies pharmaceuticals has a high growth potential. This is due its location in the Baltics, close ties to Russia, high investment rates, and competitiveness, combined with the low importance of the sector to its neighbours.

Latvia’s key strengths in the life sciences sector are its:

  • Experience in the sector
  • Strength in pharmaceuticals
  • Most competitive workforce in medical devices
  • Very competitive labour force in R&D
  • High investment rate in R&D

We have great experience attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). In 2009, 28.8m€ were invested in the life sciences sector.

With 2.330 students pursuing degrees in the life sciences sector, the following academic institutions are internationally recognised:

  • Riga Technical University
  • University of Latvia
  • Mechanics and Technology College of Olaine
  • Daugavpils University
  • Riga Stradinš University

Latvia’s leading research institutions within the sector employ 460 staff and researchers. These institutions are the following:

  • Institute of Systematic Biology (SBI)
  • Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre (BMC)
  • Institute of Organic Synthesis

We have remarkable success stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of the POLARIS process. Here you have some examples:

  • Cell-Well
  • Sia Silvanols
  • Grindeks

To learn more about the life sciences sector and the POLARIS process please download the brochure.