The Biotechnica show will showcase biotechnology and life-sciences products, focusing on regenerative medicine, molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics and protein engineering.
The event, which will be held in Hannover on 5-7 October, will host a selection of small, specialised firms, alongside companies such as Eppendorf, Qiagen, Sartorius and Thermo Fisher Scientific.
The trade fair will be complemented by an extensive conference programme involving more than 500 international speakers from science, industry and politics.
Chris Viehbacher, chief executive officer, Sanofi-Aventis, will open the event on 4 October alongside Jorg Bode, Lower Saxony's minister of industry, labour and transport; and Dr Maharaj Kishan Bhan, secretary of the department of biotechnology within the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology.
John Dalli, European commissioner for health and consumer policy, is also expected to attend.
As part of the opening celebration, the EUR75,000 European Biotechnica Award will be presented by Deutsche Messe.
The trade fair focuses on biotech applications in the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, food, agriculture, industry and environmental protection, plus bioengineering, lab equipment and services.