Life Sciences and Health Care

industry programAs the birthplace of biotech, San Francisco offers biotechnology and life science companies unparalleled opportunities for collaboration, innovation and discovery. Located in the heart of the largest and most respected biotech community in the world, the San Francisco Bay Area includes four world-class research universities. The City and County of San Francisco is home to 234 life sciences companies that employ a workforce of 13,634. More than any other city in the world, San Francisco is deeply committed to actively recruiting, supporting and retaining biotechnology companies.

But what makes San Francisco unique among its peers is that it is not only home to many of the world's premiere bioscience researchers and scientists. San Francisco also offers unequaled access to the people behind biotech: the venture capitalists, the legal experts, and the scholars who are supporting life sciences development for the world.

The Mission Bay Biotech Cluster. Designed from the ground-up as a premier center for science and innovation, Mission Bay is a 303-acre mixed-use, transit oriented, and sustainable redevelopment project area. Mission Bay is anchored by a number of leading research institutions including UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus and Medical Center, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), the Gladstone Institutes and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Mission Bay is home to more than 38 life sciences companies including FibroGen, Nektar, Celgene, Bayer, and Pfizer. There are now four life sciences incubators located in Mission Bay. The first phase of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is under construction and will include a 289-bed complex featuring three separate hospitals specializing in serving children, women, and cancer patients.

At full build out, Mission Bay will accommodate 6,400 units of housing (28 percent affordable), 4.4 million square feet of office and R&D space, a 43-acre UCSF research campus and 550-bed medical center, 400,000 square feet of retail, a 250 room hotel, 41 acres of new public open space, a new 500-student public school, a new public library, a new fire and police stations and other community facilities.

For information and assistance, contact Natosha Safo, Business Development Manager, natosha.safo@sfgov.org, 415-554-6425.