Industry Overview

Life Sciences

After years of aggressive, coordinated effort, Florida has firmly established itself as a true hub for the life sciences. Today, Florida is home to some of the nation's most highly regarded research centers; over 1,100 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies; and a foundation of more than 46,000 healthcare establishments - including 720+ hospitals. Come see why so many industry leaders - including Actavis, Arthrex, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Noven, and Steripak - are already here.

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Biotechnology

Florida is home to more than 260 biotech companies and world renowned R&D institutes specializing in therapeutics, diagnostics, industrial/ag biotech and other areas. Florida has the science, talent, and support structure biotechs need to succeed.

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Medical Device Manufacturing

Florida is ranked 2nd among states for FDA registered medical device manufacturing facilities. Nearly 19,000 Floridians work in this industry, with a majority of companies located along the I-4 Corridor in Central Florida, the Jacksonville area, and in South Florida.

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Florida’s 220+ pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing companies specialize in the development and manufacture of novel treatments, generics, nutraceuticals and OTC drugs. They employ nearly 4,500 researchers, engineers, technicians and workers.

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Healthcare

Florida has one of the most sophisticated health care systems in the country. Our hospitals and 726,000+ healthcare workers engage in a broad range of research and clinical trials, with strength in Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.