Waves of Precision Roll Into the Bay
Some life sciences clusters grow as a natural combination of academia and a critical mass of successful trailblazing companies. Others are built by intention via concerted efforts by public and private entities to put in place the infrastructure needed to support fledgling companies. Today, the San Francisco Bay Area has risen to the top tier of the world’s handful of biotech hubs via both avenues. The Bay Area is probably best known as the birthplace of biotech and its poster child for success, Genentech, but it would be selling the region short if there were no recognition of Gilead Sciences, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals and a host of others that have helped build a deep pool of both research and startup management talent.