West Michigan: A destination for life science innovation.


West Michigan has one of the fastest growing life science concentrations in the country. And it all centers on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile – the hub of a life science research and resources network that extends south to Kalamazoo and east to Detroit. Steady growth is driving $1.5 billion in investments in research institutes, patient health centers, neuroscience centers, and medical schools in West Michigan. From development and design, to manufacturing and distribution—West Michigan is your single source for high-tech biotechnology and medical device solutions.

West Michigan hosts the highest concentration of medical device manufacturers in the state. As one of the fastest growing medical clusters in the Midwest, the region now employs over 40% of Michigan’s medical device professionals.  Together we are shaping the future of life sciences in Michigan. Today, West Michigan hosts:

  • A state-of-the-art life sciences incubator with 10,500+ square feet of laboratory space designed for life science research and development
  • Extensive incentive and financing options anchored by Michigan’s $2 billion 21st Century Jobs Fund
  • More than $1 billion in life science investments and expansions
  • Partners for clinical trials, with nearly 1,000 trials in progress
  • A life sciences industry that is growing faster than the national average: 27% employment growth, 32% increase in the number of companies, and 165% growth in sales
  • The Midwest’s 4th largest cluster of medical device suppliers
  • The country’s 8th largest biopharmaceuticals cluster

Research. Funding. Education. Partnerships.

You’ll find abundant opportunities to partner on research, learning, development commercialization, and more in West Michigan, thanks to:

  • Nearly 200 firms in the region that specialize in medical devices, biotechnology, nutraceuticals, instrumentation, diagnostics, and bioinformatics
  • A community of world-class health services including a leading cancer center, heart center, and pediatric hospital; clinical research and treatment centers; and universities and medical schools focused on life science research and education
  • A robust education and research community that includes Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Van Andel Institute Graduate School, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and more than a dozen other institutes of higher learning
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