Life Sciences and Health Care

As the birthplace of biotech, San Francisco offers biotechnology and life science companies unparalleled opportunities for collaboration, innovation and discovery. Located in the heart of the largest and most respected biotech community in the world, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to four world-class research universities and supports a life-science workforce of 90,000 who work at more than 130 biotech companies. More than any other city in the world, San Francisco is deeply committed to actively recruiting, supporting and retaining biotechnology companies. To support the expansion of the industry in San Francisco, the City offers a payroll tax exemption to local businesses engaged in biotechnology activities.

But what makes San Francisco unique among its peers is that it is is not only home to many of the world's premiere biomedical researchers and scientists—it offers unequaled access to the people behind biotech: the venture capitalists, the legal experts, and the scholars who are leading life science development for the world. Many of these leaders are members of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Biotechnology Advisory Council (MayBAC). MayBAC is a thriving partnership between the private and public sectors that focuses on the growth and development of the biotechnology industry in San Francisco.

The Mission Bay Biotech Cluster. Designed from the ground-up as a premier center for science and innovation, Mission Bay is a 303-acre mixed-use, transit oriented, and sustainable redevelopment project area. Mission Bay is anchored by a number of leading research institutions including UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus and Medical Center, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), the Gladstone Institutes and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Mission Bay is home to more than 38 life sciences companies including FibroGen, Nektar, Celgene, Bayer, and Pfizer. There are now four life sciences incubators located in Mission Bay. The first phase of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is under construction and will include a 289-bed complex featuring three separate hospitals specializing in serving children, women, and cancer patients.

At full build out, Mission Bay will accommodate 6,000 units of housing (28 percent affordable), 4.4 million square feet of office and R&D space, a 57-acre UCSF research campus and 550-bed medical center, 500,000 square feet of retail, a 500 room hotel, 49 acres of new public open space, a new 500-student public school, a new public library, a new fire and police stations and other community facilities.

For information and assistance, contact Natosha Safo, Business Development Manager, natosha.safo@sfgov.org, 415-554-6425.



On May 17, 2010, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that Bayer HealthCare had selected Mission Bay as the location for its U.S. Innovation Center. more