research park underway
university for NIH funding
annual research funding
at UC Davis
Sources: UC Davis, NIH
Anchored by top talent and upcoming research park Aggie Square, Greater Sacramento is home to a cutting-edge life science ecosystem. From groundbreaking medical research to burgeoning biotech and medical device startups, the region is pushing the boundaries of innovation on a global scale.
500,000 sq. ft.
commercial lab space
Led by renowned developer
Wexford Science + Technology
UC Davis’ Aggie Square is a mixed-used innovation district focused on cell and gene therapy, genomics and imaging modalities. The research park is adjacent to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with plans for more than 1 million square feet of research, wet labs, commercial space and housing. Anchor tenants include Amazon Web Services, with announcements from additional market-leading companies forthcoming.
Wexford Science + Technology and GMH Capital Partners are overseeing the design, financing, construction and management of Phase I of Aggie Square. Wexford has extensive experience building research parks across the nation including University of Maryland BioPark in Baltimore and Downtown Crossing in New Haven.
California Northstate University
California Northstate University is building a new, state-of-the-art medical center and teaching hospital in Sacramento. The $800 million, 1.22 million-sq.-ft. teaching hospital will feature a level II trauma center and offer intensive, acute, elective, and concierge medical care.
Life sciences success stories
Biotech (cell therapy)
Orca Bio built a 100,000-square-foot commercial facility at Metro Air Park in Sacramento to support the late-stage clinical development and commercialization of its precision cell therapies.
Gemini Bio is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cell culture media, sera and other reagents to academic researchers and the biotech, cell and gene therapy and biopharma industries. In 2020, the company established its state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot cGMP manufacturing facility in West Sacramento, quadrupling its manufacturing capacity.
ARIZ Precision Medicine is working to create a safer alternative to chemotherapy by developing a drug that targets cancer cells.
Penumbra designs, develops, manufactures and markets cutting-edge medical devices and has 250,000+ sq. ft. of office, research and design space in the region.
Headquartered in Greater Sacramento and with cellular clinics across the country, StemExpress is a leading biospecimen provider for academic, biotechnological, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and contract research organizations.
Abundant and affordable life science talent
Greater Sacramento has a comparable talent workforce to the Bay Area with a 30% more cost effective annual wage.
2021 Life science occupations
|wdt_ID||Description||2021 Jobs||Median annual earnings|
|1||Biochemists and biophysicists||132||$76,409|
|2||Biological scientists, all other||844||$104,066|
|5||Medical scientists, except epidemiologists||932||$120,525|
|6||Life scientists, all other||279||$33,806|
|7||Agricultural and food science technicians||385||$48,749|
|10||Life, physical, and social science technicians, all other||625||$48,430|
|11||Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians||1,891||$72,381|
Source: EMSI Occupation Table 2021
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