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Life Sciences and Healthcare

Tampa Bay has emerged as a driving force behind the state’s fast-growing life sciences industry, which includes more than 7,000 companies and supports more than 131,000 jobs.

Industry Highlights

  • In recent years, globally renowned corporations, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson have chosen Tampa as the site for major North American operations. They joined a stellar list of life sciences companies in the region, including Quest Diagnostics, Covidien, HealthPlan Services, Synergy Health, Smart Science Labs, LifeLink, Biologics Development Services, Xcelience, Alps, Bausch & Lomb Surgical, Baxter Healthcare, Bovie Medical Corporation, Oscor, Halkey Roberts, and Unilens Corp. Tampa Bay’s talented workforce, strong university presence, pro-business climate, and quality of life have made it easier than ever to locate and expand a life sciences company here.
  • The Tampa Bay region is gaining a global reputation as a growing hub for research and development. USF Health, University of Tampa College for Natural & Health Sciences, USF St. Petersburg College of Marine Science, Draper Labs, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College, SRI St. Petersburg, Bayboro Harbor Research District, and Hillsborough Community College Health Sciences and Nursing programs all contribute to the region’s research and innovation capabilities and train the next generation of scientists, doctors, and technicians.