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Life Sciences

Florida boasts one of the nation's top life sciences industries, with top talent and opportunities for research and collaboration.

A Leading Life Sciences Industry

Florida’s life sciences workforce will breathe new life into your establishment.

More than 2,300 establishments operate within the Florida biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical development scene. The state offers these companies and R&D centers a broad range of industry expertise. Florida is home to the nation’s second-largest medical device manufacturing industry, second-largest pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry, and the fourth-largest biotech R&D industry according to IBISWorld. In addition, Florida has the 3rd largest concentration of healthcare providers in the United States.


#4 U.S. State for State Government Expenditure in R&D National Science Foundation
#3 Largest Civilian Labor Force 2023 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
#1 New Tech Business Establishments In The U.S. 2022 CompTIA, Cyberstates Report
#2 Net Tech Employment Job Gains In The U.S. 2022 CompTIA, Cyberstates Report
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Nothing is more important to a company’s success than its workforce. Currently, more than 37,000 Floridians work in the state’s biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and medical device manufacturing industries. As the fourth ranked state in the country for high-tech employment and world-class educational institutions, which are among the nation’s top producers of STEM graduates, Florida offers a leading talent pool to power your company’s future.

Research and Collaboration
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Research and Collaboration

Florida is home to several growing life sciences hubs, making it an ideal place to jumpstart your next innovative venture. One prime example is the University of Florida’s Innovation Hub which has generated $10.4 billion in private investments, launched 200+ startups, and generated 7,900 jobs. Another standout innovation ecosystem is the Lake Nona Medical City, a premier location for medical care, research, and education, which was built on the proven theory that a cluster of healthcare and bioscience facilities located close to one another will accelerate innovation.

Leading Life Sciences Institutions
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Leading Life Sciences Institutions

Ranked as one of the top three most innovative states in the nation, Florida is home to more than 46,000 cutting-edge life sciences establishments. Among those organizations are 868 biotech establishments, 574 pharmaceutical establishments, and 943 medical development establishments. Its hospitals and 774,000+ healthcare workers engage in a broad range of research and clinical trials, with strength in Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

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