What are the best cities/states for biomedical jobs?
April 21, 2009 1:01 AM   Subscribe

What are the best cities/states for biomedical jobs? I'm not looking for a specific type, just in general.
posted by biochemist to Work & Money (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Boston & Cambridge, MA.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:12 AM on April 21, 2009

Research Triangle Park in NC. This is roughly comprised of Chapel Hill, Duke and Raleigh. HUGE biomedical community here.
posted by sickinthehead at 3:57 AM on April 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

München, Bavaria (Max Planck; Center for Integrated Protein Science; Helmholz Association; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Technischen Universität München)

Singapore City, Singapore (Biopolis; National University of Singapore; Singapore Polytechnic, the Institute of Technical Education, National University Hospital; Singapore Science Park; Fusionopolis)

Or is this Americaskme?
posted by kisch mokusch at 4:46 AM on April 21, 2009

Boston/Cambridge, MA were once called the silicon valley of the Biomedical world, but if you want to go into genetics here's a different idea:

Bar Harbor, Maine - The Jackson Labratory. Also: its a great place for a family, for cycling, kayaking, hiking, climbing, petchuli smelling hippies, whale watching, a cup of coffee, summer concerts, etc...
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:56 AM on April 21, 2009

I can personally vouch for Munich (München, as mentioned above) and Boston/Cambridge; both have both a really high concentration of academic bio-related research. Both also have strong pharma contingents, etc.
posted by ubersturm at 5:18 AM on April 21, 2009

San Diego and Montreal
posted by KokuRyu at 5:19 AM on April 21, 2009

You can't spit in Cambridge, MA without it contaminating the work of some biological scientist.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:35 AM on April 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

Montreal and immediate area.
posted by Simon Barclay at 6:19 AM on April 21, 2009

Not fully developed yet, but both University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore have/are building biomedical campuses.
posted by electroboy at 6:30 AM on April 21, 2009

There is a lot of biomedical research and activity going on in the Texas Medical Center, in Houston.
posted by Midnight Skulker at 6:36 AM on April 21, 2009

Best answer: If you're willing to use NIH grant money as a reasonable proxy for biomed jobs, take a look at the Top NIH grant cities, 2004.

Note that Boston is at the top of the list while Cambridge is 16th, but put them together and they're 50% ahead of the next biggest city, which is New York. But New York is a good place for just about any kind of job, so the fact that it gets the number two spot shouldn't be that surprising.

Baltimore makes number three in no small part due to the fact that Johns Hopkins has gotten a lot of federal money dating back to WWII.

San Diego and La Jolla combined exceed a billion, and if you throw in Los Angeles as well they were only behind Boston/Cambridge.

Winston-Salem, Durham, and Chapel Hill didn't get particularly impressive amounts of money in isolation, but together they got in excess of $800 million.

But the distribution is pretty telling. There were only two cities which got more than a billion dollars in NIH funding, and only eleven which got more than half a billion. Almost half of the cities on the list got less than $100 million.

So from that list, places to go, in rough order:
- Boston/Cambridge
- the San Diego/LA corridor
- New York
- Baltimore
- Philadelphia
- the NC research triangle

After that the money starts to fall off pretty quickly. San Francisco and Chicago both get amounts that are nothing to sneeze at, but the NC research triangle gets more than 50% more money, and the big guys get in excess of three times as much. I don't have numbers for 2008, but I can't imagine things have changed all that drastically.
posted by valkyryn at 7:00 AM on April 21, 2009

I came in here to mention the Texas Medical Center as well.
The University of Texas School of Biomed Sciences has the Sarofim Research Building which houses The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine.

MD Anderson has an entire huge building for the biomed engineering department.

Methodist Hospital Research Institute has the Institute for biomedical Imaging Science with Cornell and University of Houston.

Texas A&M has an Institute of Biosciences and Technology there.

Rice University is building a HUGE new bioscience research building. It's almost done.

I would look through Midnight Skulker's TMC link above. There's more that I probably don't know about. I work in the TMC and it's a great place to work. If you don't like one place to work you can apply to the institution next door. It's like a small town within a big city with the latest everything. People are from everywhere in the world there. And if you find the right corner of Houston for you - it's pretty good too.
posted by dog food sugar at 7:30 AM on April 21, 2009

nthing Massachusetts. Tons of biotech and biomed jobs in the Boston/Worcester corridor.
posted by xbonesgt at 10:07 AM on April 21, 2009

Seattle is also right up there. I think the University of Washington Medical Center is one of the top 2 or 3 institutions nationwide in terms of getting research funding. Seattle also has the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, a big Amgen campus, tons of smaller biotechs. Lots of nonprofit/global health work, too, with a lot of funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
posted by Sublimity at 10:30 AM on April 21, 2009

I remember hearing from a TED talk that more genetics breakthroughs come out of the La Jolla zip code in San Diego (92037/92092) than anywhere else in the country.
posted by slow graffiti at 11:01 AM on April 21, 2009

I can't believe Maryland hasn't been mentioned already! The Montgomery Cty area has a lot of biomed companies. I mean, A LOT.
posted by majikstreet at 12:02 PM on April 21, 2009

Minneapolis/St Paul has Medtronic, St Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, the University of Minnesota, 3M, and countless smaller biomedical/biotech/healthcare IT firms. Also, down the road in Rochester the Mayo Clinic dominates the economy.
posted by Maarika at 1:20 PM on April 21, 2009

Factor in the paycheck and the local cost of living.. Raleigh-Durham isn't Cambridge, but, then, it isn't Houston, either.
posted by justcorbly at 4:04 PM on April 21, 2009

Let me mention Pittsburgh, which has the advantage of being an extremely affordable city as well as a pleasant one to live in. This 2008 article from the Pitt university newspaper suggests a promising increase in the amount of NIH funding that the University of Pittsburgh alone is receiving, and hiring at UPMC (not the only game in town, though the biggest) isn't stagnant at the level you're probably considering.
posted by notquitemaryann at 7:13 PM on April 21, 2009

I'm constantly hearing about new initiatives from the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland's University Hospitals, often with price tags in the several hundred million dollar range. Even our VA is in the middle of a half billion dollar, multi-year project.

It's too bad someone more knowledgeable didn't speak up about Cleveland because I just read the articles and go on about my web surfing. I'm not really tracking this stuff. Something about a big imaging/education/simulation/long distance operation center? A national reference lab, whatever that is.

Currently, the city is embroiled in a controversy over where to put a "medical mart" (a health care industry focused convention center). The non-local company that will operate it presumably choose Cleveland at least partly because of the high number of health care related startups which is in turn credited to the Borg-like Cleveland Clinic.
posted by stuart_s at 1:27 PM on April 23, 2009

2nd highest funding in the Midwest

I guess that's something.
posted by stuart_s at 5:51 PM on April 26, 2009

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