Life Sciences and Medical Devices

A Burgeoning Bio Hub for Alabama 

Hoover is quickly becoming a hub for the biotech and life sciences industry in Central Alabama. With a highly skilled workforce, quick access to research assets like UAB and Southern Research, and a cluster of growing bio companies, Hoover has all the components of a biotech ecosystem. The city offers several campus-like corporate parks with flex and lab real estate assets prime for growing medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical production, or research and development. Hoover has a legacy of attracting growing biotech firms that locate in the city to scale such as BioCryst and BioHorizons. Several other biotech companies are located nearby such as BioGx, Avanti Polar Lipids, and several bio startups at the Riverhills Business Park along Highway 280. 

Hoover’s Advantages for Life Science Companies

  • A highly skilled workforce (over 60% of residents hold a bachelor or higher) with strong skill sets in the healthcare space.
  • Less than 20 minutes from world class research assets such as the University of Alabama at Birmingham- the country’s fourth largest public hospital and ranked in the top 15 for NIH funding. 
  • Short drive to Southern Research- an independent research institute with a focus on genomics and precision medicine. 
  • A cluster of growing biotech firms such as BioCryst’s Discovery Center of Excellence which supports new drug discovery for the public company and the headquarters and production facility for BioHorizons, one of the world’s leading producers of dental implants.