From personalized apps to specialized devices and pioneering nanotechnologies, keeping people healthy is a core focus of the Central Coast economy.
A thriving cluster of med-tech companies are forging the future of healthcare through development and production of biometric markers, enzymes, surgical biomaterials and cutting-edge medical devices.
Healthcare delivery, meanwhile, is a bedrock of the local economy, encompassing several of the region’s largest employers and thousands of healthcare professionals working to keep the population fit and healthy.
Wyatt Technology acquired for $1.3 billion
Wyatt’s scientists were the first to commercialize on-line multi-angle laser light scattering instruments and have been defining state-of-the-art macromolecular characterization instrumentation, software, and services since.
Cognixion among Amazon’s Alexa Fund-backed startups on display at CES 2023
Seeking to help people affected by speech disabilities or cognitive impairments, the company provides affordable and accessible AI-based technologies like the Cognixion ONE “Assisted Reality” headset.
Promega a 2023 Top Workplaces USA Award Winner
With R&D in San Luis Obispo, the biotechnology manufacturer — a core supplier in the fight against COVID-19 — was named as a top employer in the United States for the second year in a row.
“There’s such great talent here. It’s why I moved to Santa Barbara in the first place.”
“Within close proximity to many agricultural and industrial centers in California, we have access to a variety of raw materials and resources while providing rapid shipment to our customers around the world.”
“In Goleta and San Luis Obispo, life sciences continues to be a growth area.”
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UCSB’s top-ranked science programs include biomolecular science and engineering as well as a trio of multidisciplinary research programs: the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, the Neuroscience Research Institute and the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering.
Cal Poly’s biomedical engineering major, developed in consultation with industry leaders, gives students hands-on experience growing tissue-engineered blood vessels, designing prosthetics for wounded veterans and experimenting with emerging imaging technology.
The Cal Poly CIE Incubator program is establishing a med-tech focused vertical offering a range of services to support and scale health and life science startups. The location will also house an SBDC outreach center.
Allan Hancock College
Allan Hancock offers Health Sciences studies in nursing, medical assisting and dental assisting, as well as related programs in kinesiology, sports medicine and nutrition.
Cuesta offers a robust Nursing + Allied Health program, training nurses, EMTs, paramedics and phlebotomists. Its psychiatric tech program is ranked #1 by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
Santa Barbara City College
The healthcare and wellness programs at SBCC include biomedical sciences, nursing, EMT, health information technology, healthcare data analytics, medical coding and more.
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