The life sciences ecosystem in the Pittsburgh region brings together core competencies in life sciences and converging disciplines - creating unique opportunities to develop market-leading life sciences solutions. The region provides a comprehensive platform of life sciences research, development and commercialization - leveraging its research expertise and assets in life sciencesengineering, and computational sciences with the infrastructure for clinical trials and clinical applications - and the design and manufacturing expertise to take technologies from bench to bedside or to other market end users.

Pittsburgh is one of the only regions with top-ranked medical research school, a top-ranked integrated healthcare system, a top-ranked computer science school, and a supercomputer.
— Serial Life Science Entrepreneur

What else makes Pittsburgh the best?



  • $3 billion in regional research and development

  • Two Tier One research institutions (Carnegie Mellon University & University of Pittsburgh)

  • $714 million in NIH Research Funding

  • Unique and comprehensive registries of clinical data for research

  • More than 300,000 inpatient admissions in regional health network

  • More than 4 million outpatient admissions in regional health network

  • Ample pipeline of talent with 36,000 graduates annually

  • 36 colleges and universities in the region

  • 3rd-highest proportion of 25- to 34-year-old workforce with a graduate or professional degrees

  • 27 Foundations with $8 billion in assets

  • Third in venture capital per capita


  • 4 winners of MacArthur Foundation "Genius" awards

  • 5 National Medal of Science winners

  • 7 National Academy of Sciences members

  • 1st critical care medicine department in the U.S.

  • 1st DNA bank to share data among colleagues


  • Pittsburgh has been named the "most livable city" six times since 2000 (Forbes)

  • One of the Top 15 Places in America for a Start-Up (Forbes)

  • One of the U.S.'s Best Five Cities (Money)

  • One of the Best Big Cities in the U.S. (Metropolis Magazine)

  • Resilient City (Grosvenor)

  • Best City for Millennials (Greatist)

  • Smartest City (Movoto)

  • Emerging Food Town (Bon Appetit)

  • Bikeable City (Bicycling Mag)

  • Best Place to Start a Business (Kiplinger)