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Oakland’s four major hospitals add to our city's prominence in the healthcare sector:

Life Science

Oakland is at the center of perhaps the world’s premier life sciences research area:

  • Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), garners more than $40 million each year in bioscience research funding.
  • Twenty research institutions throughout the Bay Area--including UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, and three National Laboratories--engage in leading-edge work.
  • More than 300 life sciences companies in the East Bay provide a tremendous customer and supplier base.
  • Tax and other business advantages
  • The large workforce is highly educated and highly productive —in Oakland, 37% hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
  • A regional hub for major air cargo companies, Oakland International Airport is one of the nation’s top business commuter airports; nearby San Francisco International Airport is a major international hub.
  • Quality of life is unsurpassed, with world class cultural activities, clubs, sports and the best-rated climate in the nation.

In 2009, the East Bay region was ranked fifth of states/areas receiving venture capital for medical devices. The region received $175 million. 

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