Bioscience and health care in Arizona are thriving industries, treating patients and conducting groundbreaking research that will change the world. Arizona research institutions, industries and clinical care facilities collaborate in unique ways to create new products and improve care and outcomes.
Education and Funding
Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are nationally recognized as leading research institutions in a wide range of subsectors:
- Arizona State University graduate programs ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017, including supply chain/logistics, audiology, speech-language pathology and nursing (doctorate level). Additionally, U.S. News & World Report named Arizona State University the most innovative school in the United States, ahead of MIT and Stanford.
- The University of Arizona was ranked second in the nation by the National Science Foundation in physical sciences research for 2014. Graduate degree programs ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017 include: speech-language pathology, earth sciences, analytical chemistry, audiology and pharmacy.
- Northern Arizona University’s physical therapy graduate program is ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. Also highly ranked are the graduate programs for nursing and speech language pathology.
Arizona is also home to bioscience funding leaders including the Flinn Foundation, which supports the industry statewide, and the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, which supports brain cancer research.
Academic research and development expenditures in life sciences, bioengineering and medical engineering in Arizona totaled more than $383 million in FY 2014.
Taking advantage of a 34% refundable research & development tax credit, R&D activities span the state from Flagstaff to Tucson. Leading bioscience companies with a presence in Arizona include:
- Ventana Medical Systems
- W.L. Gore
Arizona’s hospital and clinical care providers serve a population of more than 6.5 million people. Phoenix-based nonprofit hospital operator Banner Health became the state’s largest private employer in 2015, with 19 hospitals throughout the state serving a total of nearly 300,000 members in its health network. Mayo Clinic’s hospital and outpatient clinics serve more than 100,000 patients each year, with more than 5,700 employees in 2014. Dignity Health’s presence in Arizona includes the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, in Phoenix, one of the best neurology and neurosurgery care centers in the United States. HonorHealth, created by the merger of two nonprofit hospital operators, serves patients from more than 50 locations including five acute-care hospitals. There are 119 facilities statewide licensed as hospitals by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Arizona’s health care employers are growing faster than their national counterparts and faster than other types of Arizona businesses. In 2015, health care employers in Arizona added more than 11,000 jobs, a rate of 3.4 percent. That’s faster than either health care employers nationwide (3.2 percent) or Arizona employers as a whole (2.5 percent).