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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

The TMC is a top destination in the world for clinical health care and medical research. TMC members institutions received more NIH funding and TMC is home to some of the world’s leading hospitals and facilities. Within their campus, the TMC Innovation Institute houses TMCx, one of the country’s largest life science business accelerators focuses on early-stage digital health and medical device companies, as well as Johnson and Johnson’s Center for Device Innovation, JLabs, and the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health. 

Active clinical trials in the Houston region
2017 TMC funding
NIH Funding '16
TMC patient visits annually
Research and Innovation Centers

With the largest concentration of scientists anywhere, TMC is harnessing their collective knowledge , talent and technology to lead the next generation of medical innovation.

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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

$5.2 billion

Projected economical impact of TMC's new research campus TMC3

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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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