Biomedical Research2024-04-04T16:48:07+00:00

Biomedical Research

Building Businesses and Medical Breakthroughs

R&D and Employment Growth Story


Growth in Life Sciences R&D at 3 Universities

(2014 – 2019)


National Employment Growth Rate

(2014 – 2019)

Biomedical Research in Northern Kentucky

Biomedical research involves exploring biological processes to help prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Traditionally, biomedical research has leveraged advances in life and physical sciences. In recent years, however, computational sciences have assumed a growing role in the sector. Specific functions include diagnostic and medical laboratories and the design and management of clinical trials. Thanks to its vital role in advancing healthcare innovation, Biomedical research spending continues to rise.

“We are very thankful for the continued support we’ve received since moving our operations to Newport, Kentucky, both at the local and state levels. The incentive Kentucky provided for our expansion is a strong example of their pro-business approach to spur innovation in the life sciences.”

Brian Kincaid, CEO, Ethos Laboratories


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

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