Key Industries

Biomedical + Health Services


From medical breakthroughs to cutting-edge technology, the Columbus Region is home to one of the most dynamic life science industries in the country.

The Region’s growing digital health ecosystem—made up of employers, universities, hospitals, products and technologies—is making collaboration and the sharing of information easier than ever before.

The Abigail Wexner Research Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) is a global leader in gene therapy. Innovation coming out of NCH has resulted in Sarepta, a leader in precision genetic medicine, to build a research center in Columbus. Andelyn Biosciences will manufacture gene therapy products in Columbus.

In the last five years the Columbus Region has granted over 8,700 degrees in biology, biomedical science, chemistry, and pharmacy, and The Ohio State University ranks in the top 10 nationally in Biological and Biomedical Science PhD completions – all contributing to a highly-educated and prepared talent pool.

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Companies spanning the life science industry have operations focused on R&D, technology, and manufacturing.

Technology companies like Updox, Aver, Quantum Health, and Olive are innovating existing systems with new products and services. Spinoffs from our four world-renowned healthcare systems and larger companies are generating best-in-class research and spurring innovation, improving the future of health and wellness.

CoverMyMeds and PriorAuthNow are increasing access and lowering the cost of prescription drugs for consumers and Hikma, American Regent, and Abbott are leading the way in pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities.

We are proud to be the home of Battelle, the world’s largest contract research organization, and Cardinal Health, a Fortune 16 healthcare services company.

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