Bioscience

With its world renowned research institutions, globally positioned companies, highly educated workforces, and positive business climate, Jefferson County is a premier location for bioscience companies.

Thriving Bioscience Industry

Jefferson County, CO is home to a thriving bioscience industry, comprised of biotechnology, medical device, agricultural-bioscience, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, health care providers, research institutions and businesses that provide critical services and products to the industry. Employment in Jefferson County’s bioscience cluster accounts for roughly 23% of all bioscience employment in the Metro Denver region.

Colorado School of Mines, located in Golden, is internationally recognized for its leadership in engineering and applied science and is performing cutting edge research in the development of bioengineering, medical devices, and nano medicine.

The National Bioenergy Center is headquartered at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden. The center serves as the central point of contact for bioenergy and bio products in the U.S., giving industry access to top research and state-of-the-art laboratories in several federal agencies.

Local Industry Snapshot

Number of Companies

103

Direct Employment

3,761

Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

385

Medical Devices & Instruments

3,346

Average Wage

$89,385
(metro Denver)

Did You Know?

  • Employment in Jefferson County’s bioscience cluster accounts for 23% of all bioscience employment in the Metro Denver region.
  • The city of Lakewood is home to one of the few EtO (ethylene oxide) device sterilization facilities in the country. The facility is owned and operated by Terumo BCT.
  • With more than 15,860 bioscience workers at 670 companies, the nine-county region has a significant foundation on which to build and expand the bioscience industry.
  • The region ranks 11th among the top 50 metro areas for 2016 employment concentration in medical devices and 28th for pharmaceuticals and biotechnology employment.

Jefferson County is home to a number of growing Bioscience companies

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