York, New York: the state so nice they named it twice! And, for us, a leading
hub within Life Sciences and an absolute powerhouse for the growth of the
New York: a place
filled with vitality and inspiration. But not only that, the City That Never
Sleeps is one of the great contenders that make up Pharm Country, boasting one
of the world’s largest concentrations of bio-medical research institutions,
world-class universities, disease-focused foundations, and healthcare service
providers, as well as being in close proximity to major pharmaceutical
You might be
thinking, ‘hold on a second, what on Earth is Pharm Country?’.
Pharm Country is the
name given to the New York Metropolitan area – New York City and the
surrounding counties in Long Island, the Hudson Valley, northern New Jersey,
and southwest Connecticut – known for its vast amount of Biopharmaceutical and
Medical Device companies.
In fact, just
earlier this year, a
new report steered by
two NYC government agencies stated that the Life Sciences sector in the Big
Apple and its surrounding region is now the nationwide leader in industry jobs
and funding! Here at Meet, so far in 2022, we’ve collaborated on 1,287 roles
that are based in New York alone!
With a phenomenal
talent pool supported by the increasing number of graduates from world-class
academic and healthcare institutions, strong public and private investments,
strengths of both small and large companies vital to the industry, and a
growing inventory of office space and laboratories to support all Life Science
business needs, the New York Metropolitan area seems to be the talk of the
town. Let’s delve into why this is so in a little more detail…
did New York Metro get to this level of growth?
With Life Sciences
businesses forming at an increasing rate, it only signals a growing confidence
in the New York Metro as a go-to destination for Life Sciences activity. Partnership
Fund’s 2021 Report states
that between 2016-2020, the City gained an average of 54 Life Sciences companies
a year – in the prior five years, 2011-2016, that figure sat at 28.
What’s more, the
region’s established start-ups are now maturing into commercially sustainable
businesses and landing large funding rounds. In fact, in 2020, New York-based
start-ups secured a record-breaking 26 rounds of venture capital funding worth
at least $20 million.
Still, when looking
more acutely at the industry, a large portion of New York’s growth actually
comes from diagnostics, with more than 800 new diagnostic labs opening since
2012. This has also meant that diagnostic jobs within the Big Apple have grown
But aside from the
growing diagnostics front, the ever-bustling research and development sector
has also grown to dominate as the highest-value branch in Pharm Country’s Life
Sciences economy, with around 600 R&D companies opening their doors over
the last decade. Similarly, that means that more R&D jobs have become
available – more than 9,000 since 2018, to be exact. Plus, did you know that
R&D employees account for nearly 63% of wages earned by industry workers?
All these signs of a
surging Life Sciences ecosystem come down to two main areas: a growing number
of academic and scientific talent as well as improved access to capital.
of capital, what does investment in Life Sciences look like in Pharm Country?
It goes without
saying: New York is the heart of business in the US. However, although the New
York Metro area has always been a leader in ground-breaking discoveries and
patents within Life Sciences, venture capital investors have generally been
more inclined to invest their pennies elsewhere, primarily backing early-stage
Still, over the last
five years, venture capitalists have made the move to return home, with funding
for Pharm Country’s Life Sciences companies nearly tripling!
According to Partnership Fund, start-ups in the area received more than $3.3
billion alone. Following that same trend, in 2020, private investment in Life
Sciences companies across the state of New York reached $2.3 billion. That’s
also nearly triple the $820 million invested in 2019.
But, even more
recently, in 2021, New York Metro’s sum of $4.1 billion from the National Institute of Health (NIH) dedicated 70% of that funding to
businesses and institutions in New York City. The largest recipients were the
renowned Columbia University, Mount
Sinai, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medical College, collectively accounting for more than $2 billion
in NIH grants. Since 2016, New York’s NIH funding has increased at an annual
rate of 10% - faster than Massachusetts (6%) and California (8%).
On top of that, in
2016, the City of New York launched LifeSciNYC – a 10-year commitment to
growing NYC’s Life Sciences economy. Just last year, the City doubled its
investment to $1 billion in order to create more commercial lab space to back
growing start-ups, support non-profits to yield new research, and continue
building on a diverse pipeline of industry talent. That means that together,
the City and the State of New York have pledged more than $1.5 billion to the
growth of the Life Sciences ecosystem.
investment choices are forging more jobs and opportunities for New Yorkers
while also boosting scientific progress that will benefit thousands of people,
not just in America, but all over the world.
what does all of this mean for the Life Sciences job market?
New York is home to
the largest workforce in the United States, gaining 442,000 workers between 2012
and 2022, making its combined commercial activity the 8th largest economy in
The New York Metro
region also has the most expansive pool of technical and specialized Life
Sciences workers in the US, at 83,000 and counting. In fact, for every
specialized Life Sciences worker, there are three more in supporting roles,
which only breeds diversity at all job levels. Plus, with more Life Sciences
graduates in the New York Metro than anywhere else in the US, it only holds
promise for growing companies to have an unmatched pipeline of future talent
with the right mix of skills and experience.
What’s more, the
growth Pharm Country has experienced in recent years has made way for more
well-paying jobs in the industry. In fact, the New York City Metro area, home
to nearly 5,100 Life Sciences companies, currently offers around 150,000 Life
Sciences jobs – that’s 14,000 more than San Francisco, the next leading metro.
That means that
along with the vast number of great opportunities for professionals residing in
the region, there are also competitive salaries. In New York City, according to NYCEDC
and NYC Planning, from 2016
through 2020, a time when citywide employment dwindled, Life Sciences salaries
rose by 3.6% year-on-year.
the last decade, average earnings for a New York-based Life Sciences employee
have increased by 67%, from $85,000 in 2010 to $142,000 in 2020. In fact, just
last year, New York Metro Life Sciences workers’ wages amounted to $23.1
billion! For the Life Sciences roles that we recruit for at Meet, the average
salary for roles based in New York currently stands above industry average.
what does it mean for Pharm Country businesses?
Well, along with a
wide variety of talented individuals to welcome to your team, there’s also a
growing number of spaces becoming available to scale your business. That’s due
to clarified zoning and building regulations allowing laboratories in a broader
range of spaces, including commercial office districts close to medical
As it stand in 2022,
the New York Metro occupies 26.3 million square feet of lab space. With more
investment coming into the sector, developers are in the process of adding more
than 5.6 million square feet to suit the increasing range of needs. Once
divvied up, that works out to be 2.1 million in Manhattan, 1.8 million in Lower
Hudson, 950,000 in New Jersey, and 800,000 in Long Island.
I know what you’re
thinking – renting in New York?! A privilege very few have. Surprisingly, for
Life Sciences companies, the price points are comparable to other leading
metros. Plus, as we look towards the future, the City has announced that they
will continue to explore regulatory changes to accommodate and encourage more
As most people know,
New York has always been a lively place to be, but for Life Sciences
professionals, it’s one of the hot spots of the century! In fact, throughout
2022, as of time of writing, 39% of Meet’s global placements have been based in
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