Life Sciences

San Diego’s Life Sciences Industry

The life sciences cluster 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 biotechnology 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.

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Key Companies

  • Ionis Pharmaceuticals
  • STA Pharmaceutical US
  • Tioga Research, Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Genentech
  • Chugai Pharma USA
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Nanome
  • Aristea Theraputics Inc
  • EuroLife
  • Celgene
  • Dermala
  • Helix
  • Eli Lilly
  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Key Resources

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 Biotech 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.

By the Numbers

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Nate Kelley
Nate Kelley

Senior Manager, Research