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Life Sciences

Come grow with us.

A world of research infrastructure, private capital, and collaborative partnerships awaits in West Michigan. In this dynamic, growing life-science community, you will find:

  • Job Growth: 27% industry job growth in West Michigan over the past 10 years, 11 percentage points higher than the national average of 16%.
  • Competitive Wages: Average earnings of $66,108, 13% less than the national average.
  • Medical Mile: Covering nearly a full square mile of downtown Grand Rapids, this expansive corridor has experienced over $2 billion in investment over the past 15 years.
  • Talent: 61,700+ local jobs related to the biosciences in West Michigan

Regional Developments

With one of the fastest growing life sciences clusters in the U.S., West Michigan has benefited from more than $1 billion in recent investments. They include:

  • $479 million investment in three new centers of excellence in pediatric, cardiac and cancer care from Spectrum Health – one of the nation’s top integrated delivery systems
  • A $178 million 240,000-square-foot expansion of the Van Andel Institute: New research specialties related to Parkinson disease, Alzheimer's, and other chronic illnesses.
  • A $120 million Michigan Medical Tower.
  • A $90 million Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Secchia Center.
  • A $60 million Hauenstein Neurosciences Center. The only comprehensive neurological center of its kind in the U.S.
  • $60 million Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing (GRAM) pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging facility - the company's third facility in the region.
  • A $23 million Women's Health Center.

Just Imagine What You Can Do Next

These and more resources are available to support your West Michigan expansion. Specialty incentives, research partnerships, and custom training programs for your workforce are just a few of the ways our Business Development team can enhance your project.

To learn more about our business clusters and location advantages, contact us.

Top Life Science Employers

Company Regional Employers Description
Autocam Medical 150 Contract manufacturer of high-performance parts for demanding medical applications
Dornerworks Ltd 70 Electronics engineering consulting firm supply medical and aerospace industries
Firstonic, LLC 170 Contract manufacturer of printed circuit board assemblies, electronic modules, wire harnesses, and electrical panels
Market Lab 95 Catalog sales of unique and hard to find products for the clinical lab and assembly of products
Mercy Health 6,500 Regional hospital and physician offices
Perrigo 3,500 Over the counter pharmaceutical manufacturer
Ranir LLC 500 Health and Beauty aid supplies. Dental floss, toothbrushes, breath spray, and health aid travel kits
Rose Medical 50 Medical device design, manufacturing, and assembly
Safari Circuits 180 Design, manufacture, test, and fulfillment of printed circuit board assemblies for medical industry
Spectrum Health 21,000 Medical center, regional community hospitals, a dedicated children's hospital, a multispeciality medical group, and nationally recognized health plan, Priority Health.
Van Andel Institute 170 Independent research, development, and educational organization dedicated to studying genetic, cellular and molecular origins of cancer, Parkinson's, and other diseases.

Data source: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) / www.economicmodeling.com.