We are the leading provider of products and services for individuals with renal diseases.
Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s leading provider of products and services for individuals with renal diseases of which around 3.8 million patients worldwide regularly undergo dialysis treatment. Dialysis is a vital blood cleansing procedure that substitutes the function of the kidney in case of kidney failure.
Fresenius Medical Care offers products and services along the entire dialysis value chain from a single source. We care for more than 345,000 patients in our global network of 4,163 dialysis clinics. At the same time, we operate 42 production sites on all continents, to provide dialysis products such as dialysis machines, dialyzers and related disposables.
Fresenius Medical Care aims to further consolidate its expertise and to use this competence as a basis for sustainable, profitable growth. We aim to continuously improve our patients’ quality of life by offering them high-quality products as well as innovative technologies and treatment concepts.
Fresenius Medical Care’s corporate headquarters is in Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Germany. The headquarters in North America is in Waltham, Massachusetts, the headquarters of Asia-Pacific is located in Hongkong and the headquarters of Latin America is in Rio de Janeiro.
Fresenius Medical Care in numbers
- Through our network more than 4,000 dialysis clinics, we provide dialysis treatments to more than 345,000 patients worldwide.
- We offer dialysis products and services in around 150 countries.
- We performed approximately 53 million dialysis treatments in 2021.
- Around 123,000 employees work for Fresenius Medical Care worldwide.
- We are the clear market leader in the production of hemodialysis machines.
- We operate 42 production sites in more than 20 countries.
- In 2021, Fresenius Medical Care generated revenue of around 17.62 billion euros.
Developing innovative products and continuously improving our renal therapies are intrinsic elements of our growth strategy.
Our worldwide research and development activities, which are centrally managed by the Global Research and Development division (GRD), enable us to develop products and renal therapies efficiently and to systematically promote the exchange of knowledge and technology between regions.
Global research and development strategy
Health care systems face major financial challenges. We aim to direct our research and development activities toward developing innovative products and renal therapies that not only meet high quality standards that improve clinical outcomes but are also affordable. As an operator of proprietary dialysis clinics and a provider of products for treating patients at home, we believe that these aims are entirely compatible. We are also in a strong position to provide life-saving therapies and treatments to patients suffering from acute kidney failure due to COVID-19.
Our research and development strategy contributes to our strategy which aims to provide health care for chronically and critically ill patients across the renal care continuum, in critical settings and by acquiring and developing complementary assets. It is globally orientated, enabling us to respond even better to the worldwide rise in demand for high-quality yet cost-efficient treatment and therapy methods. In doing so, we also take regional market conditions into account and offer a differentiated product range across all three key areas of our strategy.
In the future, we intend to deliver innovative, competitive products even more efficiently. As part of our organizational realignment, we will therefore consolidate our previously decentralized health care products business including research and development in the Care Enablement segment. The products business will be organized along the three treatment modalities that we serve: In-center, Home and Critical Care. We aim to complete the roll-out of the new organizational model in 2023. In addition to research and development activities within our Company, we collaborate with external partners with the aim of expanding our comprehensive innovation and technology network. These partners include numerous academic institutions, such as research institutes at prestigious universities in the U.S. Another partner is the Renal Research Institute in New York. This subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America is a renowned institution in the field of clinical research into all aspects of chronic kidney failure. Together, we are working on fundamental issues relating to renal therapies. Fresenius Medical Care Ventures was established to increasingly collaborate with start-ups and early-stage companies in the health care sector with the objective of promoting an open culture of innovation and enabling access to the latest technologies.
Research and development resources
In fiscal year 2021, Fresenius Medical Care spent a total of around €221 M on research and development (2020: €194 M), corresponding to around 6 % (2020: 5 %) of our health care product revenue. At the end of 2021, our patent portfolio comprised some 10,048 property rights in approximately 1,622 patient families, i.e. groups of patents linked to the same invention. Our research and development work in fiscal year 2021 produced around 103 additional patent families. Our broad portfolio of patents shall provide us with a wide range of treatment options in this highly competitive field in the future.
At December 31, 2021, 1,187 employees (full-time equivalents) worked for Fresenius Medical Care in research and development worldwide (December 31, 2020: 1,218). They come from various backgrounds: Physicians work side by side with software specialists, business economists and engineers in interdisciplinary teams. More than 720 employees – the majority of our research and development staff – are based in Europe. Most research and development activities are carried out at our facilities in Schweinfurt and Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe (Germany). Other development sites are in St. Wendel (Germany), Bucharest (Romania), Palazzo Pignano (Italy) and Krems (Austria). In the U.S., the Company maintains centers of excellence for the development of devices in Concord (California) and for dialyzers and other disposable products in Ogden (Utah). Development activities in Shanghai and Changshu (China) are focused on the growing demand for cost-effective dialysis systems in Asia and emerging markets. The Global Research and Development organization coordinates collaboration and technology exchange among the various sites. Carrying out research and development responsibly is an intrinsic element of our innovative culture.