We create global connections
between established chemical and healthcare companies and tech startups. LOCALLY ANCHORED. ACTIVE NATIONWIDE. GLOBAL ON THE MOVE.
5-HT Digital Hub Chemistry & Health, as part of the Digital Hub Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, supports companies in the chemical and healthcare industries in realizing digital innovations. For us, this also includes digital solutions for green energy and sustainability in both industries. As a central platform, we offer players the opportunity to network, cooperate and co-develop.
For established companies
Networking. Scouting Services. Access to startup ecosystems.
Accelerate your innovation processes - through access to suitable startups and exchange with peers. Become more visible in the tech scene as an innovation player.Learn more Learn more
Market access. Bootcamps. Startup coaching. Awareness.
As part of our ecosystem, you will gain access to players such as industry giants, hidden champions or investors. In addition, individual coaching and further support.Learn more Learn more
As external innovation drivers, startups are essential drivers for digital transformation. Through us, established companies gain access to 320+ global startups and diverse players. And vice versa.
At 5-HT, we bring together leading industry giants and hidden champions, giving us international appeal. That is why startups from all over the world see 5-HT as the gateway to the German chemical and healthcare industry. In our international ecosystem, we have created a lively platform for exchange and cooperation - for new impulses and the active future-oriented shaping of our industrie.
Network innovation partners
Leverage international ecosystem.
To promote digital innovation in chemistry, healthcare and sustainability, we connect relevant players in our international ecosystem - established companies, startups, investors, academia as well as digital talents and other partners. Together, we pursue the goal of accelerating digitalization in our industries.
Digital Chemistry. Digital Health. Clean Energy. Sustainability.
5-HT Startups. Support. UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Where does the name 5-HT come from?
We have networking already in the name.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (messenger substance) that transmits information in our nervous system. Its correct biochemical name is 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT for short.
5-HT describes both the chemical character of the messenger as well as its biological mode of action as a neurotransmitter, and stands like no other molecule for the activities of our Digital Hub: the networking of startups, companies, organizations and universities to enable information exchange and collaboration in a specific, targeted and fast way.
Intelligent Agents automate knowledge work
In order to better manage the daily data tsunami as a result, the Berlin-based healthcare startup AGENTS.inc is building artificial intelligence technology to equip companies with AI agents that work at superhuman speeds, automate knowledge tasks, and save valuable resources for companies on a massive scale.
Thermal protection systems - designed for the extreme
How can product designers and engineers create resource- and energy-efficient products while protecting them from extreme conditions? Blueshift's team of thermal specialists offers suitable solutions to solve their customers' difficult thermal problems.
Merck and 5-HT Digital Hub intensify their partnership
The partnership between 5-HT and the Merck Group based in Darmstadt has already started in 2019 with the intention to foster digital innovation and to combine our efforts to boost entrepreneurial, innovative thinking and acting in the chemical and health sectors.
A remote monitoring solution for home and outpatient pediatric care
Worldwide, 17-23% of children are chronically ill and require continuous medication. In disease areas such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, arthritis, type 1 diabetes, asthma - not to mention rare diseases - there is little real-world clinical data from caring parents who need to give these medications to their children on a regular basis. 5-HT X-Linker "Digital Health for Pharma" alumni Symba Health is addressing this very problem by collecting this critical data with parents and children.
Group therapy for like-minded people with peers
Sustaining our own mental health is a lifelong journey. Founded in 2022 by Julia Maria Rüttgers, Philippe Driessen and Sophie Schürmann, the Aachen-based startup peers. uses the power of humanity to provide mutual mental support. Here, the users are accompanied by real psychologists.
With AI software for efficient bioprocess development
The development of a new drug goes through many stages. It usually takes more than 13 years from the idea to the first approval. Helsinki, Finland-based startup AnalysisMode (Fibo Labs Ltd) aims to reduce these lengthy processes to enable more capacity, lower costs and accessible medical treatments.
Less bureaucracy in everyday care through the digitization of healthcare
People in need of care and their relatives know how bureaucratic, tedious and lengthy the application process for care is in Germany. With its DeinePflege.de platform, the health startup DeinePflege supports those affected on the path to the best care for them - uncomplicated, fast and accessible.
Five questions with X-linker Alumni Malthe Muff from Inniti
Founded in 2017 after realizing the lack of modular automation solutions in chemistry laboratories, the Danish startup is providing laboratory professionals with a solution for automating the design, execution, and documentation of experiments. In an Interview with 5-HT Malthe Muff talks about Inniti´s participation at the 5-HT X-Linker 2021 and 5-HT X-Linker: Smart Production, Inniti´s solution for digitalizing laboratories and working together with 5-HT.
Uma - Ready for anything to come
Pregnancy is always something very special and, above all, individual. Unfortunately, countless women struggle with confusing and contradictory information during the course of their pregnancy. Our network startup uma is now proactively countering this with the app of the same name.
AI-Enabled Cognitive Assessment by Stimulated Brain Activity
Vistim Labs is a data science company using cleared medical devices to provide the world's first cognitive evaluation by brain analysis. “In detecting the first signs of neurological disorders, we accelerate patient access to care,” explains CEO James Hamet.
Become part of the 5-HT Digital Hub Chemistry & Health
Exchange ideas with innovative startups and future-oriented companies in our ecosystem. We look forward to meeting you!