Palm Beach County is home to over 153 companies primarily engaged in R&D or manufacturing of biotechnologies, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.  It’s home to 65 additional companies primarily engaged in the environmental and biological sciences. Over 7,388 people are employed in the life sciences and related industries, which doesn’t include all of the healthcare providers or hospitals located in the area.  Since 2006, there’s been 2,377 patents issued in Palm Beach County for life sciences and related industries and $40.87 million has been awarded in NIH Grants.

Since the arrival of the Max Planck Florida Institute in 2007, the Business Development has assisted 48 life science expansions and relocations to Palm Beach County that have created 3,674 direct jobs and retained 519 jobs.  This has resulted in over $330 million in capital expenditures in the life sciences and healthcare industries.

The life sciences cluster in Palm Beach County can be characterized as “bench to bed.”  It is anchored by two world-renowned research institutions, the Scripps Florida Research Institute and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. Scripps Florida’s six cutting-edge departments explore cancer, chemistry, neuroscience, immunology and microbial sciences, metabolism and aging, and molecular therapeutics.  Max Planck’s departments focus on bio-imaging, bio-sensing, and cellular mechanisms.

In addition, Palm Beach County is home to five universities, including Florida Atlantic University (FAU), which is a Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching “High Research Activity” institution, FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine capitalizes on the areas existing strengths in basic, applied and translational biomedical research by addressing pressing health challenges including cardiovascular disease and stroke, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, macular degeneration, autoimmune diseases, and HIV/AIDS. Palm Beach State College also supports the industry with a 90,000 square-foot Bioscience Technology Complex on its Palm Beach Gardens campus.

The major research institutes collaborate and partner with a community of over 100 innovative companies in fields including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, biotechnology, and medical IT.  Palm Beach County’s 14 hospitals and numerous medical facilities incorporate the latest scientific findings and technology developed locally and around the world, and collaborate with the research institutions regarding best practices, completing the “bench-to-bed” cycle.

The Business Development
Board of Palm Beach County’s
Life Sciences and Healthcare
Industry Cluster
Task Force:

David Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., Florida Atlantic University, College of Medicine, Dean
John Couris, Jupiter Medical Center
Rina Dukor, BioTools
Michael Gregson, Wavefront Health Technologies
Matthias Haury, Max Planck Florida Institute
Ken Kirby, Transdermal Delivery Solutions
Tom Kodakek, Scripps Research Institute Florida
Ferris Lander, Ferris H. Lander, Inc.
Gina Melby, JFK Medical Center
Becky Ann Mercer, Palm Beach State College
Huntley Miller, Career Source Palm Beach County
Barbara Noble, Max Planck Florida Institute
Sheila Poirier, BioTest
Fred Sancilio, Sancilio and Company
Bernard Siegel, World Stem Cell Summit
Ofelia Utset, Opko Health
David Willoughby, Ocean Ridge Biosciences
Claudia Zylberberg, Akron Biotech


Palm Beach County’s Life Science
Industry Action Plan and
Life Science Advisory Council

The Life Science Advisory Council is composed of Palm Beach County life sciences stakeholders from industry, education, government, research and medical institutions, and venture capital who oversee the BDB’s execution of the Life Science Industry Action Plan.

View the Life Science Advisory Council here.

View the Life Science Industry Action Plan here.