A Fast Growing BioHealth Cluster of Excellence

300+ companies

Biotechnology and life sciences discoveries are deeply embedded in our DNA. MoCo is home to a thriving global hub, where life-saving innovations emerge every day. Our BioHealth clusters have more than 10,000 employees working in the private sector and an estimated 49,000 in federal government agencies along Montgomery County’s I-270 corridor, a lively and growing biohealth hotbed.

10,000 highly educated biotech workers at 300 area biotech companies – with rapid regional growth

Mapping the human genome? Check. MoCo biotech companies collaborated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others to change the face of biohealth

An internationally recognized life sciences cluster with top global companies headquartered in the county

A who’s who of federal power players in NIH, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


VC Investment in 2018


Life Sciences Companies


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Federal Agency Headquarters


of Residents have Bachelor’s Degrees


of Residents have Graduate Degrees

A Global BioHealth Hub

You know the names of our global leaders. Montgomery County is renowned world-wide for life science and bio technology excellence. Top life sciences influencers perform cutting edge research in our back yard, from GlasxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, and  Emergent BioSolutions to United Therapeutics and Qiagen, plus many ‘next big’ industry players.

Proud of the Company we Keep

Our good neighbors include NIH, the FDA, NIST and the Walter Reed Army Institute, among other distinguished federal institutions, and the nonprofit U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention. Within a few miles, find dozens of local agencies that set standards, approve products to the U.S. markets and conduct cutting edge research. 

A Ready to Go, Highly Educated Workforce

Looking for talented, qualified candidates? Maryland is #1 in available professional and technical workers, from lab techs to PhDs. MoCo draws from many accredited colleges and universities with specialized biotech programs. Top academic research institutions, including Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), a University of Maryland system comprising nine academic institutions, have satellite campuses. USG is constructing a state-of-the-art, $162 million biomedical sciences building to further cyber, engineering and biomedical sciences education, slated to open in 2019. Nationally recognized Montgomery College has invested $88 million dollars in a state-of-the art, BioScience Education Center with a cutting-edge curriculum. The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce is rapidly expanding to meet the growing talent needs.

We are proud to offer a quality Johns Hopkins education right in the heart of the Montgomery County biotech cluster. Our part-time master’s degree programs in biotechnology fields are designed so working adults can further their educations and advance their careers.

Leslie Ford Weber, Director, Government and Community Affairs, Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus

Collaborate with Life Science Supporters

Resources and support groups flow here. Maryland’s Life Sciences Advisory Board supports the state’s biotech and health IT industry sectors. Numerous life sciences incubators, accelerator programs and technology transfer opportunities abound. BioHealth Innovation is a smart, public-private partnership with a focus on commercializing biotech innovations and opening doors to early-state funding – come on in! BioHealth Innovation is a nationally-recognized program and home to many early-stage bioscience and technology companies. 

We are delighted to open our new facility in Rockville, GSK’s first dedicated vaccines R&D center in the US…signifies our commitment to discovering and developing new vaccines across a range of pressing public health priorities. It places GSK at the heart of a dynamic and cutting edge bioscience hub in Washington, D.C.

Luc Debruyne, President, GSK Vaccines

New life science and technology Hubs

A $3 billion, 300-acre life sciences hub for research and discovery is in the pipeline, called Viva White Oak. A public-private partnership in Montgomery County, it is slated to include a hotel, retail and community spaces, strategically located next to the FDA. A groundbreaking event for the future global biomedical destination took place in White Oak with across the aisle participation in the program. Official remarks were made by Governor Larry Hogan, the County Executive Isiah Leggett, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, former Senator Barbara Mikulski and many other notables.



The Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) is the hub for development in a 40-acre life sciences and technology innovation district.

The Germantown campus of Montgomery College was approved as a qualified institution for a state program that makes private developers eligible for real property and income tax credits. The campus is the first Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise Zone in Montgomery County and will help attract and retain businesses in targeted industries including cybersecurity, biotechnology, aerospace, manufacturing and engineering.



MCEDC Report

What starts here changes the world. With 500 life sciences companies and our numerous major federal agency headquarters, the county is known for life-changing discoveries and emerging innovation.

Take advantage of Tax Credits and Financial Incentives

Grant and loan programs, along with generous tax incentives abound, like the up to 50% biotechnology investor incentive tax credit from Maryland and a new Maryland Momentum Fund. Find more beneficial tax credits and incentives to spur business growth: LEARN MORE >

Gaithersburg, MD

We are proud that MedImmune, a global company with a rich history and promising future, is based right here in Gaithersburg, MD. With one of the largest and most robust biologics pipelines in the life sciences industry, MedImmune has made immense strides with worldwide impact. The company is focused on three core therapeutic areas: Oncology; Respiratory, Inflammation and Autoimmune; and Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease. 



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