Life Sciences2024-05-09T12:18:41-04:00

Life Sciences

Leading Edge Medical Research and Healthcare

Ahead of the Curve


Labor Shed


Best Children’s Hospital in the U.S.

(Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center)


Projected Employment Growth

(2020 – 2025)


Location for population served within 1-day drive

Life Sciences in NKY: Built on Firsts

The Cincinnati region has a strong record of firsts in life science, medical research, and healthcare. From the polio vaccine to Benadryl and the FAST (F-face, A-arm, S-speech, T-time) method for identifying signs of a stroke. Here are just a handful of varied examples:

  • The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is the second-oldest public college of medicine in the United States.
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), ranked No. 1 among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation for 2023-2024 by U.S. News & World Report, traces its roots back to 1884.

“This region is a great place to start and build a company. The culture and the people of Northern Kentucky really make a difference. I couldn’t imagine doing this anywhere else.”

Tony Remington, President & CEO, Gravity Diagnostics  

  • CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, a global, privately held, full-service contract research organization (CRO) with global headquarters in Covington, was named the #1 CRO in the world for quality at the 2022 CRO Leadership Awards. CTI has managed more than 40 active COVID-19 trials for treatment and prevention.
  • Leveraging the expertise in the region, a targeted cancer therapy platform and treatment developed by Bexion Pharmaceuticals in Covington has completed a multi-site first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial.
  • More than 2 million human tissue cancer and non-cancer specimens are housed at the Biospecimen Repository at the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory. It’s the only one of its kind in Kentucky.

Life Sciences in Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky is home to many life science organizations, with concentrations in key sectors including biomedical research, gene therapy, medical device manufacturing, and health informatics.


Biomedical research involves exploring biological processes to help prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.


Gene therapy is an emerging field that involves the modification of genetic material to treat disease.

Medical Device

Medical device manufacturing includes the design and development of products across multiple life science applications.


NKY features expertise in methods and technologies for the acquisition, processing, and study of patient data.


There are 25 four-year colleges/universities and 11 community and technical colleges located about 75 miles from Northern Kentucky. In addition, regional universities are also important producers of Life Sciences talent. In 2019, the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and Miami University collectively awarded 3,800 health professional degrees. This includes Northern Kentucky University’s Health Informatics program. The Cincinnati region is the #1 best city in the nation for college graduates. (Source: SmartAsset 2022)

Major Companies

Biomedical Research

  • Ethos Laboratories
  • Gravity Diagnostics
  • Thermo Fischer Scientific, Inc. / PPD Global Central Labs
  • ViaCord
  • Wood Hudson Cancer Research

Gene Therapy

  • Bexion Pharmaceuticals

Headquarters & Office

  • CompMed
  • CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services
  • Protech Home Medical Corp.
  • Quipt

Laboratory Equipment Manufacturing

  • Analytical Solutions and Providers (ASAP)
  • AquiSense Technologies

Medical Device Manufacturing

  • ABB Optical
  • Beam Technologies
  • Beckman Coulter Inc.
  • Zeiss Vision Care

Healthcare Providers

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • OrthoCincy
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare & Physicians
  • The Christ Hospital Physicians
  • UC Health Physicians

Life Sciences & Healthcare Companies Succeed in the Cincinnati Region


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