Fluorine substituted iron salophene complexes (salophene = N,N'-bis(salicylidene)-1,2-phenylenediamine) were synthesized and evaluated for biological activity. All complexes showed growth inhibitory effects with IC50 values ranging from 0.05 to 2.45 µM against HT-29 colon carcinoma as well as MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 mammary carcinoma cells (Cisplatin: 5.75, 12.72, 5.81 µM, respectively). HR-CS MAS investigations revealed that the complexes were highly protein-bound, already after an incubation period of 10 min and accumulated more effectively in tumor cells than Cisplatin. Interestingly, the ligands were enriched in the cells, too, indicating that the salophene moiety acts as a carrier ligand and mediates the uptake of the complexes. Furthermore, induction of apoptosis proved to be dependent on the substitution pattern as well as on the tumor cell line, as evidenced from the Annexin V-FITC/PI assay. Most of the complexes, especially the highly active 5-Fe, showed tumor cell specific effects and no/less influence on the proliferation of T-cells generated from the peripheral blood of healthy individuals.