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Top 10 Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Industry Hubs in the USA

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Let’s take a closer look at the 10 biggest pharmaceutical and medical device industry hubs in the US and where it would be the easiest for you to find a job.

If you live within a commutable distance of one of these hubs then focusing on a career within these industries is a great idea.

Alternatively, if you think this is the career for you and are flexible about your location, should concentrate your job hunt in these areas.

Lets begin.

10. Chicago, IL

  • Jobs: 53,054
  • Industry Overview:
    • 3.0% growth in biopharma manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • 12.9% growth in medical device manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • Companies include - Abbott, Baxter, Sigma-Aldrich, Takeda
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 3.5m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $252.5m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $69m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 1,143

9. LA/Orange County, CA

  • Jobs: 120,688
  • Industry Overview:
    • 100+ pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies, many are R&D stage start-ups
    • 8.9% growth in CA biopharma manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • 8.0% growth in CA medical device manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • LA - 20% of CA life science employees; average salary $73,368
    • OC - 15% of CA life science employees; average salary $94,324
    • Companies include - Amgen, Astellas
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 2.0m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $337.4m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 1,479

8. Raleigh-Durham, NC (incl. Research Triangle Park)

  • Jobs: 35,073
  • Industry Overview:
    • Biopharmaceutical cluster
    • 500+ pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies across NC
    • 11.7% growth in NC biopharma manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • Companies include – Biogen, GSK, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer
    • $1.2bn investment by state over the last decade (e.g. infrastructure, incentives, university facilities etc)
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 11.1m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $349m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $211m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 928

7. Seattle, WA

  • Jobs: 24,320
  • Industry Overview:
    • 55 pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies
    • Average industry salary of $78,840
    • Companies include – BMS, Novo Nordisk, Seattle Genetics, Juno Therapeutics
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 4.6m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $374.4m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $169m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 1,887

6. Greater Philadelphia, PA

  • Jobs: 53,614
  • Industry Overview:
    • 700+ life science companies
    • 15 leading pharmaceutical companies (11 are company headquarters)
    • Average industry salary of $99,226
    • Companies include – Teva, GSK, Merck, AstraZeneca
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 6.4m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $389m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $125m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 1,365

5. Maryland / Virginia / DC Metro

  • Jobs: 39,145
  • Industry Overview:
    • Biotechnology and vaccine cluster
    • Area is also home to the NIH & the FDA
    • Centrally located – 80% of US pharma industry is within a 2-hour drive
    • 31.4% growth in MD biopharma manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • Companies include – GSK, Emergent Bio-Sciences
  • Lab Space (in square feet):9.5M
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $420.7m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $146m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 4,108

4. San Diego, CA

  • Jobs: 63,730
  • Industry Overview:
    • Medical device cluster
    • 1,100+ life science companies
    • 13% of CA life science employees; average salary $138,951
    • 8.9% growth in CA biopharma manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • 8.0% growth in CA medical device manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • Companies include – Illumina, Genentech, Takeda, ThermoFisher, Pfizer
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 11.9m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $352.9 m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $650m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 4,383

3. New York – New Jersey

  • Jobs: 127,308
  • Industry Overview:
    • 3000+ life science companies
    • 13 of top 20 biopharmaceutical companies have headquarters or major facility here
    • Average industry salary of $89,490
    • Companies include – Regeneron, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Merck
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 12.7m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $787.3m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $132m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 3,208

2. San Francisco Bay Area, CA

  • Jobs: 67,738
  • Industry Overview:
    • Biotechnology cluster
    • 24% of CA life science employees; average salary $162,226
    • 8.9% growth in CA biopharma manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • 8.0% growth in CA medical device manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • Companies include – Genentech, BioMarin, Novartis, Bayer, Gilead Sciences
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 19.3m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $520.6m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $2,200m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 10,312

1. Boston / Cambridge, MA

  • Jobs: 86,235
  • Industry Overview:
    • R&D cluster
    • 33.6% growth in MA biopharma manufacturing jobs (2006-2015)
    • Predicted 11,600 additional jobs by 2022
    • Average industry salary $147,423
    • Companies include – Sanofi, Biogen, Shire, Novartis, Boston Scientific
  • Lab Space (in square feet): 19.9m
  • NIH Funding 2016/17: $1,055m
  • Venture Capital Funding 2016: $3,060m
  • Patents Awarded (total since 1976): 6,496

Next Steps

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Feel free to contact us to discuss your specific circumstances or to chat about what opportunities might be available to you within these industries.

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