Medical Device

San Diego’s Medical Device Industry

The medical device industry is an important component of San Diego’s burgeoning life sciences cluster. More than 30 years ago, scientists out of UC San Diego founded Hybritech, a company that produced one of the first diagnostic tests for prostate cancer. The company’s acquisition by Eli Lilly in 1986 for $400 million made it one of the region’s early success stories, and catalyst for a subsequent influx of startup investors.

Since that time, San Diego’s medical device ecosystem has rapidly expanded, with products and technologies spanning a wide range of applications including diagnostics, sleep aids, glucose monitors, and spinal implants, to name a few.

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Key Companies

  • Nucleus Biologics
  • NuVasive, Inc.
  • Medical Development Services
  • Hologic
  • CerTest Biotec
  • Epitope Diagnostics
  • Genovo
  • Alphatec Spine
  • Human Longevity, Inc.
  • MRIaudio
  • WithHealth
  • Illumina

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 science 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.

Preferred Providers of Engineering talent have been identified by employers as the top training programs in San Diego for high-demand jobs. Through EDC’s Advancing San Diego program, Preferred Providers participate in a competitive application process and are evaluated annually against a skills-based criteria developed by industry, a commitment to industry engagement, and their ability to reach and serve a diverse student body.

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Sofia Nelson-Ferezi
Sofia Nelson-Ferezi

Coordinator, Research