Health Sciences

The Perfect Formula: A 150-year life science legacy. Collaborative networks supporting complex biological, organic and pharmacological research. Advanced manufacturing expertise in medical devices. A cadre of clinical and contract research organizations. Venture Capital availability. All make Southwest Michigan home to the nation’s hottest and fast-growing health science cluster.

Southwest Michigan First offers you access to all the pieces that a company needs to come together for success: a history of life science innovation that began when Dr. W. E. Upjohn invented the first pharmaceutical pill and now offers biological, organic, pharmacological and advanced manufacturing expertise; the $65 million Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund believed to be the largest sum of community-based private capital ever to be raised and managed by an economic development organization; an angel network committed to entrepreneurship; the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, a 69,000-square-foot life science incubator and the Michigan Medical Device Accelerator. The region is home to:

  • Home to over 200 regional health science companies
  • More than three dozen successful life science start-ups since 2003
  • Western Michigan University School of Medicine
  • $65 million Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund
  • Southwest Michigan Innovation Center
  • Michigan Medical Device Accelerator
  • International Food Protection Training Institute
  • Midwest’s 4th largest cluster of medical device suppliers
  • 8th largest biopharmaceuticals cluster in the U.S.
  • One of the nation’s strongest and most respected concentrations of contract research organizations
  • $100 million anonymous gift to Western Michigan University in 2011 for formation of a medical school, the nation’s 2nd largest university gift ever!
  • Over 80,000 employed in the health sciences
  • Over 3,500 health science jobs created since 2008
  • Six Fortune 500 companies are headquartered or physically present, including Stryker, Kellogg, Pfizer, Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic and Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • #1 Top 5 Medium MSA with the highest concentration of employment for Drugs and Pharmaceuticals (Business Facilities, August 2009)
  • #2 Top 5 Medium MSA with the highest concentration of employment for Medical Device and Equipment (Business Facilities, August 2009)
  • Ranks in Top 100 metro areas for device patents according to a report by the Taimerica Management Company (2007)
  • In Kalamazoo County, exists one of the nation's most educated demographics: 1.87% of the population hold doctoral degrees (1.20% is national average); 8.46% hold a masters' degree (7.28% is national average); and 21.42% hold a bachelor's degree (17.70% is national average)
  • More than 375,000 college and university students within a 2-hour driving radius

Top Regional Employers

Back Office and Consulting Services Location
Accretive Health Kalamazoo, MI
BioSTAT Consultants, Inc. Portage, MI
Galahad Consulting, PLC Portage, MI
Global Clinical Connections, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
Globefunder Kalamazoo, MI
Marketing Technology Service Kalamazoo, MI
Pharmaceutical Development Consulting, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
PharmaMed Resources, LLC Portage, MI
PharMor Consulting Portage, MI
PM & I Consulting Kalamazoo, MI
ProPharma Group Portage, MI
ProReg Resources Portage, MI
Rolf Bates Associates Portage, MI
Team Support Services Kalamazoo, MI
Trauma Soft Kalamazoo, MI
Nutraceuticals Location
Abbott Nutrition Sturgis, MI
A.M. Todd Company/WILD Flavors Kalamazoo, MI
Fresh Solution Farms White Pigeon, MI
International Food Protection Training Institute Battle Creek, MI
J. Rettenmaier Schoolcraft, MI
Kalsec, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
The Kellogg Company Battle Creek, MI
Post Foods / Ralcorp Holdings Battle Creek, MI
VanBeek Nutrition Schoolcraft, MI
Welch's Paw Paw, MI
Food Processors Location
Adkin Blue Ribbon Packing Company South Haven, MI
Arcadia Brewing Company Battle Creek, MI
Bell's Brewery Galesburg, MI
The Blueberry People Grand Junction, MI
Coca-Cola / Minute Maid Paw Paw, MI
Covance, Inc. Battle Creek, MI
Contessa Wine Cellars Coloma, MI
Domaine Berrien Cellars Berrien Springs, MI
Fenn Valley Vineyards and Wine Cellar Fennville, MI
Food Testing Center For Exellence Battle Creek, MI
Founders Wine Cellar Baroda, MI
Free Run Cellars Berrien Springs, MI
Freestone Pickles Bangor, MI
Harrison Packing Company, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Hickory Creek Winery Baroda, MI
Honee Bear Canning Lawton, MI
Karma Vista Vineyards and Winery Coloma, MI
The Kellogg Company Battle Creek, MI
Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc. Paw Paw, MI
Lawton Ridge Winery Kalamazoo, MI
Lemon Creek Winery and Fruit Farm Berrien Springs, MI
Michigan Blueberry Growers Grand Junction, MI
Post Foods / Ralcorp Holdings Battle Creek, MI
Round Barn Winery Baroda, MI
St. Julian Wine Company Paw Paw, MI
Tabor Hill Winery Buchanan, MI
Hospitals, Healthcare Services and Healthcare Education Location
Allegan General Hospital Allegan, MI
Battle Creek Health System / Bronson Health Battle Creek, MI
Battle Creek VA Medical Center Battle Creek, MI
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Portage, MI
Borgess Medical Center Kalamazoo, MI
Bronson Healthcare Group Kalamazoo, MI
Cheff Center for Therapeutic Riding Galesburg, MI
Community Health Center Coldwater, MI
Family Health Centers Kalamazoo, MI
Hillsdale Community Health Center Hillsdale, MI
Kalamazoo Speech Associates Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo Valley Community College Kalamazoo, MI
Lakeland Regional Health System St. Joseph, MI
Michigan Blood Kalamazoo, MI
Michigan Commission for the Blind Kalamazoo, MI
Oaklawn Hospital Marshall, MI
Pennock Hospital Hastings, MI
Priority Health Portage, MI
Seneca Medical Supply Kalamazoo, MI
South Haven Community Hospital South Haven, MI
Sturgis Hospital Sturgis, MI
Southwest Michigan Rehabilitation Hospital Battle Creek, MI
Three Rivers Health Three Rivers, MI
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
West Michigan Cancer Center Kalamazoo, MI
Health Science Research and Development Location
Armune Bioscience Kalamazoo, MI
AureoGen Biosciences Kalamazoo, MI
Aursos, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Axonia Medical Kalamazoo, MI
Azenic Dental, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Beyer Research Kalamazoo, MI
Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center Kalamazoo, MI
Bridge Organics Vicksburg, MI
CeeTox, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Charles River Laboratories Portage, MI
Covance Inc. Battle Creek, MI
Cyntech Corporation Kalamazoo, MI
Cytech Corporation Kalamazoo, MI
Emiliem, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Genemarkers, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
Kalexsyn Kalamazoo, MI
MedElute Kalamazoo, MI
Metabolic Solutions Development Co. Kalamazoo, MI
Michigan High Throughput Screening Center Kalamazoo, MI
Michigan State University Kalamazoo, MI
MuciMed, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
NanoVir, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
NephRX Kalamazoo, MI
OtoMedicine, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Petfood Enterprise Technologies Kalamazoo, MI
PharmOptima Portage, MI
ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
RealBio Technology, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
S&J Laboratories Portage, MI
Sunapten Therapeutics Kalamazoo, MI
Tolera Therapeutics, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Vestaron Corporation Kalamazoo, MI
Zoetis Kalamazoo, MI
zuSyn Kalamazoo, MI
Health Science Contract Research Organizations Location
Anisyn Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
AzoRx, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
BioMedPharmIS Kalamazoo, MI
CeeTox, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Center for Clinical Research Solutions (C2RS) Kalamazoo, MI
DePierre & Associates, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
Eurofins AvTech Laboratories, Inc. Portage, MI
Innovative Analytics Kalamazoo, MI
Jasper Clinical Research & Development Kalamazoo, MI
KAR Bioanalytical, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Micromyx, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
MPI Research Mattawan, MI
PharmOptima Portage, MI
Proteos, Inc Kalamazoo, MI
Velesco Pharmaceutical Services Kalamazoo, MI
Manufacturing Location
Albemarle Corporation South Haven, MI
HistoSonics, LLC Portage, MI
Perrigo Company Allegan, MI
Pfizer, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Phadia US, Inc. Portage, MI
W. Soule & Company Kalamazoo, MI
Torrent Pharma North America Kalamazoo, MI
Incubators/Accelerators Location
M-TEC at the Groves Kalamazoo, MI
Michigan Medical Device Accelerator Kalamazoo, MI
Southwest Michigan Innovation Center Kalamazoo, MI
Medical Device Design Location
Afmedica Kalamazoo, MI
Alliant Engineering Kalamazoo, MI
Alumilite Kalamazoo, MI
Arc Engineering Kalamazoo, MI
Bangor Plastics Bangor, MI
Forensic Fluids Kalamazoo, MI
Keystone Solutions Kalamazoo, MI
Michigan Medical Device Accelerator Kalamazoo, MI
Orthopedic Development, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
Radio Frequency Identification Technology Center Kalamazoo, MI
Ronningen Research and Development Company Vicksburg, MI
RX Optical Kalamazoo, MI
Stryker Corporation - Headquarters Kalamazoo, MI
Tec Lab Kalamazoo, MI
TEKNA Kalamazoo, MI
Medical Device Manufacturing Location
Advanced Cooling Therapy Kalamazoo, MI
Aleydis Centers St. Joseph, MI
Alliant Healthcare Richland, MI
AmFab, Inc. Galesburg, MI
Autocam Dowagiac, MI
Corners, Limited Kalamazoo, MI
Covance Battle Creek, MI
Dill Instruments Kalamazoo, MI
Dimplex Thermal Solutions Kalamazoo, MI
Eimo Technologies Vicksburg, MI
Ennew Medical Devices, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
FlowTech Corporation Kalamazoo, MI
Freeman Manufacturing Company Sturgis, MI
The HAC of America Group Portage, MI
Hanger Prosthetics and Orthodics Kalamazoo, MI
Humphrey Products Kalamazoo, MI
J. Sterling Industries, Ltd. Kalamazoo, MI
Keystone Solutions Group Kalamazoo, MI
Meints Glassblowing Kalamazoo, MI
Micro Machine Company Kalamazoo, MI
Milestone Medical Kalamazoo, MI
Mol-Son, Inc. Mattawan, MI
Monteris Medical Kalamazoo, MI
Mossberg Precision Diagnostics Kalamazoo, MI
Ostial Solutions Kalamazoo, MI
Redline Manufacturing Galesburg, MI
Safari Circuits Otsego, MI
Stryker Corporation - Headquarters Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Instruments
Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Medical
Portage, MI
  • Stryker EMS
Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Surgical
Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Craniomaxillofacial
Kalamazoo, MI
  • Stryker Neuro Spine and ENT
Kalamazoo, MI
Sturgis Molded Products Sturgis, MI
Thermo Fisher Scientific Kalamazoo, MI
Vaupell Constantine, MI
W. Soule & Company Kalamazoo, MI
Westone Portage, MI
Wright Coating Company Kalamazoo, MI
Capital Access Groups Location
Apjohn Group, LLC Kalamazoo, MI
Biosciences Research and Commercialization Center Kalamazoo, MI
First Angels Kalamazoo, MI
Open Prairie Ventures Kalamazoo, MI
Southwest Michigan First Life Science Venture Fund Kalamazoo, MI
TGAP Ventures Kalamazoo, MI

Average Wage by Occupation

Occupation Average Hourly
Mean Wages
Biological Scientists, All Other $26.69
Biological Technicians $13.83
Chemical Engineers $29.73
Chemical Equipment Operators & Tenders $23.28
Chemical Technicians $19.34
Chemists $30.79
Environmental Engineers $34.02
Environmental Science & Protection Technicians, Including Health $18.78
Environmental Scientists & Specialists, Including Health $30.30
Life, Physical & Social Science Occupations $28.30
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians $16.78
Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists $25.96
Office & Administrative Support Occupations $15.09
Office & Administrative Support Workers, All Other $14.68
Office Clerks, General $13.26
Veterinarians $43.95
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers $10.06
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians $15.07

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, Annual Average Regional Metropolitan Statistical Area Hourly Mean Wage, 2012