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; nearly 1,000 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies; and a foundation of more than 44,000 healthcare establishments - including 700+ 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 200 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 boasts the #2 largest medical device manufacturing industry in the U.S.. 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 nearly 200 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.