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Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Health care and life sciences are major industry sectors in Houston driven by world-class institutions and professional talent. Houston is home to the largest medical complex in the world, the Texas Medical Center, which provides clinical health care, research and education at its 61 institutions. TMC's presence is a major force in the broader region's thriving life sciences sector. Houston has more than 1,760 life sciences companies, cutting edge hospitals, health facilities and research institutions with a workforce of more than 360,000 people in health care, biotech and related fields in the area. 

Business Climate

As a hub for medical device manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and health research, Houston has more than 1,760 life sciences companies, cutting-edge health care facilities and research institutions. The healthcare and life sciences industries collectively employ 320,500 workers, making these larger than Houston’s energy sector. The region’s growth in employment, high concentration of key scientists, National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, quality and quantity of educational intuitions, and medical research and health services institutions make this one of the largest centers of medicine and related science in the world. 

1,760+

Life Sciences Companies

320,500

Healthcare & Life Sciences Employment

$670 Million

NIH Funding '18

25+

Research and Innovation Centers

Texas Medical Center

Houston is home to the largest medical center in the world—Texas Medical Center (TMC). Home to the brightest minds in medicine, TMC nurtures cross-institutional collaboration, creativity and innovation through its 61 member institutions. From some of the world’s leading hospitals to the top research facilities, Houston institutions are making an impact worldwide. 

10 Million+

Patient Visits Annually

$3 Billion

Value of Construction Projects

106,000

Total Employees

9,200

Total Patient Beds

14 Specialities

Nationally Ranked

In the field of health and medical technology, the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute coordinates the efforts of several life science-focused incubator and accelerator programs. The organization aims to help startup companies commercialize new medical technologies by providing access to the vast resources of the world’s largest medical center.

Venture capital and private equity investment in Houston life science startups totaled $161 million in ’18. Additionally, the TMC Venture Fund aims to invest $25 million in early stage health care tech companies in Houston.

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4,200

Number of local clinical trials in '17, 13.4 percent of the U.S.

$25 million

Funding available from TMC for early stage health care tech companies

366,000+

Houston employed 366,582 health care workers in the year ending Q3/18

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“Houston has the proximity and accessibility to TMCx, providing a gateway to the facilities and resources of TMC, and is quickly becoming the epicenter for innovation. With access to low cost rent and lab space, top incubators, growing venture funds and proximity to institutions and industries, people and companies around the world are taking notice of Houston.”


Jon Northrup
Chief Executive Officer, Beta Cat

“Lonza is committed to building up our cell-and-gene-therapy capabilities in Pearland, which is a growing center for life sciences. The Houston area, supported by a number of world-class scientific institutions, is an important location for Lonza to continue to develop novel therapies offering the hope of improving the lives of patients all over the world.”


Mark Funk
Chief Operating Officer, Lonza

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