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 1,100 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies; and a foundation of more than 46,000 healthcare establishments - including 720+ hospitals.  Florida is home to United States' 2nd fastest growing biotech industry, the 5th largest pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, and 2nd highest number of FDA-registered medical device manufacturers.


Areas of Excellence: therapeutics – especially cancer and infectious disease, genomics, diagnostics, personalized medicine, regenerative medicine.

Select Companies in Florida: Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, AxoGen, OPKO Health, Sanofi Pasteur VaxDesign Campus.


Areas of Excellence: generics, drug delivery and release technologies, neurological diseases, cancer, ophthalmology, cardiovascular disease.

Select Companies in Florida: Archer, Actavis, Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals, Envoy Therapeutics, Noven Pharmaceuticals, Teva, Watson.

Medical Devices

Areas of Excellence: surgical technologies and supplies, biomaterials and implants, cardiac and vascular devices, diagnostics, imaging.

Select Companies in Florida: Arthrex, Baxter, Boston Scientific, Conmed Linvatec, Halkey-Roberts, MAKO Surgical, Medtronic, RTI Biologics, Smith & Nephew, Vistakon/Johnson & Johnson.

Health Care

Areas of Excellence: translational medicine, clinical trials, care and research in cancer, endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pulmonology.

Select Florida Hospitals: Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Moffitt Cancer Center, Mount Sinai, Nemours, Orlando Regional & M.D. Andersons Cancer Center Orlando, Shands, Tampa General, UM/Jackson Memorial.

Fast Facts

  • Florida universities invest nearly $1 billion in life sciences R&D annually
  • Florida ranks 2nd among states for FDA registered medical device manufacturing facilities
  • Florida ranks 2nd for largest pharmaceuticals and medicine manufacturing industry
  • Florida ranks 5th for biotech R&D facilities
  • Florida ranks 5th for pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing businesses
  • 9 Florida hospitals rank among America's Best, according to U.S. News and World Report
  • Florida ranks 6th for bioscience employment and higher education degrees awarded
  • Florida is home to 9 medical schools, spanning from the southeast to the northwest

Download the Florida Life Sciences information leaflet

Contact Info Florida

Alexander Bothmann, Deputy Director, Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Enterprise Florida (State of Florida)
Karlsplatz 5
80335 Munich
Phone: 49 89 9901 3665
Fax: 49 89 9901 3667

Yassin Nahi , Director, UK & Ireland Office
Enterprise Florida (State of Florida)
36 – 38 Whitefriars Street,  
London, EC4Y 8BH
Phone:+44 (0)20 7822 0714

Christelle Maffre
Director France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands

Enterprise Florida (State of Florida)
Phone: +33 6 45 62 02 87



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