Houston’s workforce in life sciences receives recognition as one of the top cities

Houston’s Fall in Life Science Rankings: Despite Strong Metrics, Texas City Struggles to Keep Up with Competition

Houston has been ranked 13th out of the top 25 United States metros for life science by CommercialCafe. The report considered several factors such as volume of life science patents, number of establishments, size of workforce, educational institutions, and office market. Despite these positive metrics, the city’s ranking dropped compared to the previous year where it made the top 10 list.

One of Houston’s standout achievements is being home to the world’s largest medical center and having a large workforce with over 5,100 industry-related workers. Additionally, Houston ranked 8th for life science education with over 860,000 residents holding a bachelor’s degree in a related field. The city also has almost 3,300 establishments and is developing new projects with 840,000 square feet of office space.

Despite these positive metrics, Houston was not the top-ranking city in Texas as Dallas claimed the 11th spot with a strong talent pool. However, Houston outperformed both Dallas and Austin in CBRE’s ranking showing its strength in the life science industry.

According to CommercialCafe’s report, Houston was not only one of the largest markets for life sciences but also had a highly educated workforce and an established presence in healthcare research. With an impressive portfolio of biotech startups and leading medical institutions such as Baylor College of Medicine and UTHealth School of Public Health, Houston has become one of the most attractive destinations for professionals seeking opportunities in this rapidly growing field.

The city’s success can be attributed to its supportive ecosystem that includes incubators like Rice University’s BioScience Research Center and accelerators like The Ion Life Sciences Accelerator. Additionally, Houston’s strategic location near other major cities like San Antonio and Austin allows it to tap into diverse talent pools from across Texas.

Overall, despite facing some challenges in recent years such as decreasing oil prices and Hurricane Harvey damage, Houston remains committed to investing heavily in its life sciences sector. As more companies look to expand their operations or launch new ventures in this thriving industry, it’s clear that this Texas city will continue to play an important role in shaping the future of biotechnology and healthcare research.

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