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Life Sciences

220 companies involved in research, testing, and production and 105,000 local employees

View the Cincinnati USA Partnership's Life Sciences Industry Profile

Life science enterprizes can take advantage of all that Cincinnati USA has to offer. From a skilled workforce and experienced professionals, to a full range of services and access to capital markets, Cincinnati USA is a supportive and affordable business environment.

The region is home to more than 220 businesses involved in the research, testing and production of pharmaceutical, medical, and agricultural products. Additionally, a wide range of manufacturers, suppliers, and support providers are located in Cincinnati USA. This, coupled with the region's existing transportation and logistics assets, makes Cincinnati USA a desirable location for life sciences companies to conduct business.

An Experienced Workforce

  • Cincinnati USA has a stable, productive workforce of 1.5 million within 50 miles.
  • More than 105,000 skilled workers are employed as physicians, engineers, biomedical and environmental scientists and technicians, agricultural and food scientists, and microbiologists.

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Extensive Research & Development

  • Business Facilities magazine ranked Ohio, with three metro areas including Cincinnati, among the top 30 biotech locations in the U.S.
  • In 2008, Ohio hosted 16% of all clinical trials conducted in the U.S., critical to helping biotech companies move their products closer to commercialization.
  • The University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic Health Center-- a collective of nonprofits that include University Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, and the Genome Research Institute, among others -- is the region's largest employer, with an economic impact of more than $3.59 billion per year. In 2009, the UC Academic Health Center was awarded a prestigious institutional Clinical and Translational Science award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The more than $23 million in funding will be used to support programming within UC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST).
  • Six departments within the UC College of Medicine rank in the Top 20 for federal research funding: Neurology (#9); Environmental Health (#10); Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology (#16); Psychiatry (#16); Pathology & Laboratory Medicine (#18); Dermatology (#20).
  • The Vontz Center for Molecular Studies at UC, home to the university's Cell Biology and Neuroscience graduate programs, has received major grants to conduct stroke and lung cancer research.

Leadership in Pediatrics: Cincinnati Children's Hospital

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of America’s top three children’s hospitals for general pediatrics and is highly ranked for its expertise in digestive diseases (#1), respiratory diseases (#3), cancer (#5), neonatal care (#4), heart care (#9) and neurosurgery (#8), according to the annual ranking of best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. One of the three largest children’s hospitals in the U.S., Cincinnati Children’s is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Cincinnati Children's has the largest pediatric research program in the Midwest, studying pulmonology, cardiovascular development, gene regulation, cancer biology and rheumatology.
  • Children's is 1 of only 10 pediatric hospitals in the U.S. to be included on the "Honor Roll" in U.S. News' 2009 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals.
  • Children's was recently awarded a $17.3 million grant by the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke for the largest federally funded study of childhood epilepsy. Children's was recently awarded a $17.3 million grant by the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke for the largest federally funded study of childhood epilepsy.
  • Children's researchers are world leaders in vector technology for human gene therapy.
  • The hospital is one of the nation's largest centers for pediatric blood, marrow, and stem cell transplants.

Unique Partnerships

  • Scientists at the Metabolic Diseases Institute are working to to advance life-science research by combining talent, creativity and resources to understand the causes of disease and develop treatments for diabetes, obesity, cancer and cardiovascular diseases in collaboration with community, industry and clinical partners.
  • The Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) -- an alliance of UC, Wright State University, University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville -- was formed to reshape approaches to economic development by advancing research in life sciences and stimulating the formation of a regional cluster for biotech organizations in Ohio and Kentucky. Collectively, the OVALS universities attract more than $500 million annually in extramural research funding.

Top Educational Support
Cincinnati USA offers a range of options for career preparation with numerous training and research institutions.

  • The University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center, Nursing, and Allied Health programs are ranked among the nation's best graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report.
    • UC ranked 27th nationally out of 151 U.S. research institutions, earning $6.5 million in patents (more than the Cleveland Clinic). Fifty percent are licensed or optioned to companies.
    • UC's Medical Center is one of the largest centers of life science research in the Midwest and its graduate biomedical training program ranks 15th nationally.
    • The Computational Medicine Center is a collaborative medical research center between Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center that uses data and computational systems to make disease more preventable, illness more predictive, and treatment more personalized.
    • Recognized as a leader in clinical teaching and research, UC's Department of Emergency Medicine was the first in the nation to offer an Emergency Medicine Resident Training Program.
    • UC's world-class Center for Surgical Innovation is involved in testing and developing new surgical techniques using robotics. The Center's staff includes the first U.S. surgeon to perform cardiac surgery in Europe using the new robotic technology.
  • Cincinnati State Community & Technical College offers associate degrees and certificate programs in Business and Health Technologies, and ranks fourth nationally for total co-op placements. Programs include environmental engineering, biomedical, clinical laboratory technology, nursing, health technology, and computer technology.

For more information about the region's life sciences cluster, please contact the Cincinnati USA Partnership at 513.579.3157 or the City of Cincinnat Economic Development Division at 513-352-2499 or



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