The life sciences industry is a major driver of the innovation economy in the San Diego region, home to more than 700 life sciences companies and 88 research institutes. The research institutes, which include UC San Diego, provide the sector with breakthrough technologies that fuel company growth and product development. Major life sciences companies In North County – like Genentech, Thermo Fisher Scientific, DJO Global and Gilead Sciences – maintain a presence along the 78 Corridor and foster collaboration with nearby research institutes, universities and smaller biotech companies. These unique assets, combined with one of the most talented labor forces in the world, make North County one of the top life sciences markets.
- Life sciences activity accounts for more than $14.2 billion in direct economic activity and more than $36.6 billion in total economic impact in the San Diego region.
- More than 700 San Diego County companies employ more than 34,000 in direct life sciences jobs.
- San Diego County higher education institutions produce more than 7,000 STEM graduates annually.