Healthcare and Bioscience


Industry Overview

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The U.S. health care sector numbers 784,626 companies with 16.8 million employees (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). The U.S. bioscience industry, on the other hand, includes about 77,000 establishments with 1.66 million employees (source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, 2016). The lure of patentable discoveries through research into microorganisms and cellular and bio-molecular processes is strong, and motivates new companies to join the industry. Since biotech research may result in potentially lucrative new processes and prototypes applicable to several industries, funding is often provided by venture capital firms hoping to cash in on new products.

Scottsdale Advantage
A strong local health care and bioscience industry cluster in the City of Scottsdale is the result of continued success in collaboration between local health care providers and innovative research and biotech companies. The Cure Corridor leverages Scottsdale’s highly skilled workforce, of which 20 percent are in health or bio related fields. The target industries in this cluster include pharmaceuticals, other biological products, medical laboratories and biotech research. Geographic clustering is particular important for these industries to support innovation and to connect those conducting clinical trials with health care providers. This target industry is currently located along Shea Boulevard in the central area of the City, referred to as the Cure Corridor.

Health and wellness are an integral part of Scottsdale’s community identity – and the accomplishments of the medical and health care visionaries working in Scottsdale have the potential to improve and extend quality of life for millions of people.

In addition to being a key component of Scottsdale's economy, the biosciences are critical to Arizona's economic growth and quality of life. The Flinn Foundation, a privately endowed philanthropic organization established in 1965, supports the advancement of bio sciences in Arizona and has developed a Roadmap to guide this advancement through 2025. 

Featured Firms

Key institutions in the bioscience cluster in Scottsdale include the Virginia Piper Cancer Center which conducts research and clinical trials; Scottsdale health care Research Institute; Translational Drug Development (TD2), a cancer drug development company; McKesson Special Health US Oncology Research which has three cancer specialty centers focusing on clinical trials; the Mayo Clinic; Brainstate Technologies; CVS Health and HonorHealth. It also has ties to regional bioscience assets like the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), the Mayo Medical School Arizona Campus, the Flinn Foundation and other educational and research organizations.

On the health care side the sector is dominated by HonorHealth and the Mayor Clinic, with notable companies including Magellan Health (behavioral health), Orion Health (health care informatics), Centauri Health (health benefit systems) Matrix Medical (Medicare evaluations) and Accolade (health care intermediation).

Company Location Type Employees Type
HonorHealth Corp. Headquarters 6,500 General medical and surgical hospitals
HonorHealth Hospitals Headquarters 3,500 Hospital, AMA approved residency
HonorHealth Osborn Medical Center Single Location 2,500 General medical and surgical hospitals
McKesson Corporation  Branch 1,350 Healthcare information technology 
Orion Health  Branch 500 Healthcare management 
Accolade  Branch 110  Healthcare technology 
Regenesis Biomedical, Inc. Single Location 76 Medical instruments and equipment, blood and bone work
Healthy Solutions, LLC Single Location 50 Vitamin preparations
Cayenne Medical, Inc. Single Location 45 Medical instruments and equipment, blood and bone work
North Valley Surgery Center Single Location 34 Surgical and medical instruments
Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. Headquarters 29 Pharmaceutical preparations
Simon Med Single Location 27 X-ray laboratory, including dental
Nassan & Associates LLC Headquarters 24 Prosthetic appliances
Comprehensive Breast Center PLC Single Location 21 General medical and surgical hospitals

Source:, July 2016 and MAG 2015 Employer Database 


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