Where breakthroughs begin.

Nearly 18,000 people work in Alabama’s flourishing bioscience industry, 
and their work is changing the quality of life itself. The University of Alabama in Birmingham ranks in the top 1% of institutions in NIH funding, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is unlocking the mysteries of diseases with genomic research, and Birmingham-based Southern Research is leading the way in drug discovery and development. Plus, with new private bioscience sector investments topping $280 million since 2021, scientists in Alabama have the support they need to make the next great discovery. Alabama is creating revolutionary solutions to life’s great questions.

780

bioscience companies

576

bioscience patents awarded
(2016-2019)

$7.3B

annual economic impact

18k

sector employees

Research & development

Alabama bioscientists aren’t just providing solutions to the problems we face today, they’re also researching and making discoveries that improve lives beyond what we can imagine. Our state is home to several companies and organizations working on breakthroughs that will be felt around the world.

Biomaterials manufacturing

Scientific discoveries require the right tools, and Alabama’s leading biomaterials manufacturing companies are making products and devices that change how we administer medicine for the better. Here, bioscience and specialized manufacturing are coming together to further medical breakthroughs.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Southern Research
University of South Alabama
Auburn University
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Evonik
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
A futuristic aerial rendering of Cummings Research Park featuring colorful fireworks and drones.
Image: Perkins&Will

Home to progress.

Groundbreaking research is happening right here in Alabama. Huntsville is home to Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Over 300 companies, more than 26,000 employees, and 13,500 students spend their days at CRP, collaborating to bring progress from Huntsville to the rest of the world.

Shaping the future.

Latest Bioscience News

Enterprise

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield is leading a delegation of Alabama bioscience businesses on a trade mission to this week’s Nordic Life Sciences Days (NLSDays), the largest Scandinavian partnering conference dedicated to the life sciences industry.

Why Alabama for Bioscience?

Why Alabama?

Alabama is a state of makers, builders, and doers. So, whatever you make or build, you can do it in Alabama. We’re a launching point for aerospace, aviation, and defense. A leader in automotive production. A home for startups, technology, and research breakthroughs. And drawing on our manufacturing roots, we’re helping to usher in the industrial evolution in America.


Alabama’s prime location in the South and on the Gulf Coast grants it nearly unlimited access to the national and international markets. Alabama sits within a one day drive to all of the South and its nearly 150M residents.

Alabama’s strong workforce is a major attraction for businesses worldwide, driven by our commitment to skill development. Industry leaders like Mercedes-Benz and Airbus have benefited from on-site training programs in partnership with state workforce agencies; and our state’s focus on education and industrial training through colleges further strengthens Alabama’s appeal to businesses.


Alabama’s business approach is very inviting, offering global companies incentives, tax benefits, a skilled workforce, and excellent real estate options. Low taxes, affordable utilities, and a reasonable cost of living boost profits, and the state ensure ideal site locations and attractive incentives for long-term success in Alabama.

Alabama’s Business Development Division actively seeks corporate investors, promotes global expansion for local companies, supports small businesses, and collaborates with various stakeholders for comprehensive investor support. The state also engages with communities to enhance competitiveness and contribute significantly to Alabama’s economic growth strategy, making the state attractive to investors, businesses, and job seekers.