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.

EDC Study: San Diego’s Genomics Industry

EDC Study: San Diego’s Precision Health Ecosystem

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 helps position the Southern California life sciences community to achieve individual and collective success. It is the largest regional life sciences association in the world, and represents more than 1,200 member companies in Southern California. BIOCOM focuses on initiatives that positively influence the region’s life sciences community in the development and delivery of innovative products that improve health and quality of life.

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

Question about this Industry Profile? Get in touch:

Jordan Latchford
Jordan Latchford

Manager, Research