Life Sciences & Biotech
San Francisco is the birthplace of the contemporary biotech industry. The Bay Area hosts one of the world’s top-tier life sciences clusters, including biotech programs at four major research universities: Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and the University of San Francisco. In addition to these institutions, San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco both of which offer a variety of programs that cater to the present needs of the local Life Science sector. As a result of this unique concentration, more bio sciences companies are located in Northern California than anywhere else in the world and an average of 30 more are founded each year. A dynamic exchange of personnel and ideas between research and industry has led to University of California scientists founding one in three biotechnology companies in California, including five of the world’s 10 largest companies. The Bay Area houses 1,662 life science companies, directly employing more than 164,000 people.
San Francisco’s legendary quality of life, cultural landscape and network of leading research institutions continue to attract the talented and educated workforce that drives successful life science business.