White Oak Science Gateway

Currently in development as a vibrant global innovation hub, the community of White Oak is destined to become a world-class center of excellence. Cutting-edge companies in BioHealth, life sciences, healthcare and IT can explore multiple opportunities to build, expand and thrive in this extraordinary science and technology hub—positioning it as a leader in research and discovery.

The most-educated talent pipeline available

Leading the world in research and development

Build-to-suit opportunities in office and wet lab space

A mixed-use, walkable, 21st century community


White Oak is evolving into an exciting mixed-use Biotechnology and Science hub that will serve the U.S. and the globe with a world-class community to live, work and play. Right now, you have the opportunity to find your perfect built-to-suit office space, wet lab or other unique configuration in one of three distinct communities within White Oak:

  • Life Sciences Village

  • White Oak Center

  • Hillandale

The 3,000-acre area is the driver of revitalization in the East County section of Montgomery County. With business parks, residential enclaves, shops and restaurants in the planning, the opportunities for success are many-fold. From a research company that can position itself next to the powerful FDA, to a healthcare company that enjoys its proximity to a leading hospital, White Oak is open for opportunity.


Explore the evolving White Oak community by viewing the Narrative Story Map. Learn about accessibility, demographics, workforce and quality of life. White Oak is evolving into an exciting mixed-use Biotechnology and Science hub that will serve the U.S. and the globe with a world-class community to live, work and play. Right now, you can find your perfect built-to-suit office space, wet lab or other unique configuration in one of three distinct Communities within White Oak.

Opportunity Zones

Get an in-depth look at the White Oak area, home of the FDA and Viva White Oak campus, one of Montgomery County’s 14 through our designated Opportunity Zones. Explore the investor tax incentives and ways to help build communities, including within the White Oak area. This program allows investors to receive federal tax incentives by investing their capital gains into select communities via special investment vehicles called Opportunity Funds.


White Oak has a population of 40,000 people, with the residents’ education level off the charts. A full 2/3 of residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. This is a talented group of people that contribute to an active pipeline of the workforce for Montgomery County businesses. In addition, White Oak and the surrounding areas are known not just for its smart residents, but as a highly diverse community. The diversity helps to spur innovation, new ideas and creative thinking.

White Oak is generating buzz, excitement, revitalization and the potential for thousands of new jobs to the East County region of Montgomery County. The planning will include a large contribution to green and sustainable living, open spaces, extensive trail and biking paths to enhance the live/work experience.


White Oak’s 3,000 acres is now home to the FDA headquarters, the new Washington Adventist Hospital and a new Hilton hotel. Coming soon will be the planned mixed-use projects of Hillandale Gateway, Viva, and the Town Center. The development, along with the first bus rapid transit system in the state of Maryland and new public amenities, the White Oak Science Gateway is in strategic position to be an economic boost in the East County and for all of Montgomery County.

Mark Elrich, Montgomery County Executive


For companies seeking the next great spot to grow your business—in the BioHealth, science, health and technology arenas—there is no stronger option than White Oak. Explore the various built-to-suit opportunities with multiple acreage available, space for web labs and offices, and access to VIP neighbors including the FDA and Washington Adventist Hospital, White Oak is an ideal destination for world-class companies. Explore the different communities as you consider your future in White Oak.


  • Food and Drug Administration

  • Washington Adventist

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A Gateway to Science and Technology

The world-class White Oak is now in progress, building into a global innovation hub for research and development, entrepreneurship and a vibrant live learn-work play community, along Route 29 and I-495 in Montgomery County.


White Oak is ideally positioned to become one of the world’s next great hubs for research and discovery, and a great place to reside or do business in a mixed-use, walkable, 21st century community. As Montgomery County continues its ascent as a premiere BioHealth cluster in the country, White Oak is building into a prominent community for cutting-edge research and life science excellence. The first permanent on-campus office and lab buildings projected to be ready for occupancy by 2022.


Through our partnership with LoopNet, you can search listings to find the best possible space for your White Oak business. You can also check out the Maryland Department of Commerce's Incubator tool or look for shared offices. Explore the options and let us help you select the right one for you.



ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE is building a new hospital campus near the FDA and at the center of Montgomery County’s Life Sciences gateway. The new hospital, called White Oak Medical Center, will become a new, state-of-the-art healthcare facility in East County.

DENIZENS BREWING CO. is the County’s hometown brewery, providing a better product that helps the local economy and environment. Working with government leaders to remove old barriers allowed them to expand their distribution.

Called “the next Silicon Valley of Healthcare,” White Oak is the perfect home for your business.