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What to Know about Columbus’ Red Hot Biotech Industry

What to Know about Columbus’ Red Hot Biotech Industry

With a string of major fundraising announcements, product developments, and new facility debuts, Columbus is shaping into a force in the biotechnology space.

In fact, it’s among the nation’s fastest-growing biotech hubs, says Eddie Pauline, president and CEO of Ohio Life Sciences, a trade group for biotech, pharmaceutical, gene therapy, and academic organizations.

“Nationwide Children’s and its spinoffs have built so many state-of-the-art research facilities that it’s starting to create a new city skyline,” he says.

In addition to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus is home to Ohio State University, many of its spinoffs, and established biotechs from around the world that are helping to build a reputation, especially around cell and gene therapy innovations.


Here are some of the noteworthy headlines in recent months:


Companies including Forge Biologics, Andelyn Biosciences, Sarepta Therapeutics, and AmplifyBio are hiring hundreds of people, attracting top research talent with many other jobs in high demand. One of the industry’s great challenges is finding enough talent to fill open positions.


Check out our list of fast-growing biotech companies that are based in Central Ohio or with substantial operations in the region.  

The life sciences field is big business beyond Columbus, so be sure to consider opportunities around Ohio. According to Ohio Life Sciences, the industry employs about 83,700 in the state.


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