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Life Sciences

Sarasota County is an ideal location for building the next generation of scientific capabilities. The warm climate and exceptional institutions attract a stable workforce, and our economic development programs create the right environment for growth.

The Right Environment is Everything

Florida is at the forefront of the life sciences industry. It has the fifth-largest biotech R&D industry, the second-largest device manufacturing industry, as well as the second-largest pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry.

In sum, Sarasota County has the right environment and a qualified workforce to attract the nation’s best. Located on Florida’s west coast, Sarasota County offers access to all these state benefits and then some.


Transportation Hub – Sarasota County has five commercial airports within two hours. We’re also just 25 miles from one of the largest and fastest-growing deepwater seaports, Port Manatee.


Cost-competitive, and business-friendly – Sarasota County offers additional sales and use tax exemptions for companies in the life sciences industry.


Quality of Life – Sarasota County is frankly, a beautiful place to live. There’s a reason people call it paradise. To learn more about why our county is an attractive place to live for so many, click here to explore.

Key Statistics

3,002 Companies

37,422 Jobs

$81,900 Avg. Salary

Key Technology Sectors

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Hospitals and Physician Offices

Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing

Key Jobs

Registered Nurses

7,352 Jobs

$83,200 Avg. Salary

2,884 5-Year New Job Demand

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

1550 Jobs

$55,100 Avg. Salary

809 5-Year New Job Demand

Medical and Health Services Managers 

1,239 Jobs

$119,700 Avg. Salary

813 5-Year New Job Demand

Sarasota County-based Companies

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The EDC of Sarasota County diversifies our local economy and helps create jobs for Floridians. Investing in the EDC empowers us to grow our economy and attract more business to our region.

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