Life Sciences

San Diego’s Life Sciences Industry

The Life Sciences industry is a major driver of San Diego’s innovation economy. Major pharmaceutical companies including Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and Takeda maintain a presence in San Diego to foster collaboration with major research institutes, universities, and small life sciences companies.

These unique assets, combined with one of the most talented workforces in the world, make San Diego one of the top three life sciences markets in the world.

Relevant EDC studies: Genomics Industry | Precision Health Ecosystem | AI in Life Sciences | RNA Cluster







Key Companies

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Cue Health
  • Ionis Pharmaceuticals
  • STA Pharmaceutical US
  • Tioga Research
  • Genentech
  • Insulet
  • Chugai Pharma USA
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Nanome
  • Aristea Therapeutics Inc.
  • EuroLife
  • Celgene
  • Dermala
  • Helix
  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS
  • TriLink BioTechnologies, a Maravai LifeSciences company

Key Resources

1STRAND was founded in 2020 to address the need for education and awareness around RNA. It’s mission is to showcase San Diego County as the premier location for RNA therapeutics, research and development, and to be a forum to highlight the potential positive impact of RNA medicines on public health.

Aquillius is an innovation hub for life sciences, medtech, and technology companies to rapidly develop, test, prototype, manufacture, and commercialize new technologies. Its focus is on streamlining product development for commercialization by supporting early R&D to manufacturing to market strategy.

Biocom California is the largest, most experienced leader and advocate for California’s life sciences sector. The organization accelerates success for more than 1,400 members across the state by advocating for innovation, driving effective public policy, creating access to capital, removing barriers to doing business, developing the workforce of the future, and connecting people, talent, and capital.

San Diego Biotechnology Network was founded in September of 2008, addressing the need for more high quality, face to face networking among life sciences professionals in the greater San Diego area. The organization is open to individuals working at a biotechnology, diagnostics, green technology, medical devices, or pharmaceutical company in the greater San Diego area.


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Sofia Nelson-Ferezi
Sofia Nelson-Ferezi

Coordinator, Research