San Diego’s Life Sciences industry is a major driving force in the region’s innovation economy. The count is home to more than 1,225 life science companies responsible for creating an economic impact of $33.6B. SDNEDC Investor, Genentech is a driving force in the local industry.

In 2020, we saw the global pandemic accelerate the Life Sciences cluster throughout North County. Demand for COVID-19 testing and vaccine efforts led to various lab space expansions, employment opportunities, and enhanced manufacturing processes.

The innovative nature of San Diego companies has led to high-profile acquisitions, most notably GenMark Diagnostics’ recent $1.8B acquisition by the world’s largest biotech company, Roche. North County’s Life Sciences industry cluster is home to other global names including, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Gilead Sciences, and Leica Biosystems.

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