About Georgia's Life Sciences Community
Georgia’s life sciences community is a rich mix of companies applying life sciences technologies to improving medicine and healthcare, agriculture, industrial and energy production, forestry, marine science and environmental management.
There are more than 360 life sciences companies, most of them focused on healthcare applications, ranging from established to start-up pharmaceutical biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, medical supply and medical informatics companies; and contract laboratory, preclinical and clinical research organizations.
The state’s life sciences industry is anchored by world-class public and private research institutions and universities, such as Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, and Morehouse School of Medicine. These universities, and associated institutes such as the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, are global leaders in advanced life sciences and nano-biotechnology research.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, is the premier public health research institute in the world. Its scientific investigations and discoveries are responsible for commercialization of new treatments and cures for a broad range of the most deadly and debilitating diseases.
The Carter Center’s multi-faceted public health campaigns have improved the quality of life of the globe’s poorest people with new treatments and cures for deadly infections, education programs to prevent diseases and promotion of advance agricultural technology to increase crop yields.
Georgia’s state government, through the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) and Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC), has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the state’s public and private universities to support scientists in pursuit of basic research discoveries and early commercialization of technologies. Initial commercialization is fostered through a well-established business incubator system at the universities.