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Bio and Health Sciences

As the northern anchor of the Georgia Innovation Crescent, Athens is a nucleus of activity in the biotechnology industry. From eye drops to more effective anti-microbial washes, discoveries emerge daily from private research firms and University of Georgia laboratories alike.

A skilled, specialized workforce is at the ready thanks to Athens Technical College, part of the Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute, which trains workers for careers in biomanufacturing, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, research or environmental labs.

Georgia Bio, a non-profit, membership-based organization that promotes the interests and growth of the life sciences industry, works with the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business to produce the annual Georgia Life Sciences Industry Analysis. Click here to learn more and download the report.

Additionally, the Georgia Research Alliance plays a key role in building a reputation for Georgia as a center of scientific discovery and invention, as evidenced by several major advances in medicine and technology. Since 1990, GRA has recruited scores of world-renowned scientists, helped fuel the launch of more than 150 companies and worked with countless university researchers to help them commercialize products and ideas.

With two large hospitals and the University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus (which includes the University of Georgia College of Public Health and the MCG/UGA Medical School Partnership) all within a two mile radius in Athens-Clarke county, there is no shortage of expertise, possibilities or innovation in the health sciences field.