Life Sciences

Health Sciences

Life Sciences / Health Sciences / Healthcare Hub of the Intermountain Northwest

The Spokane region is a life sciences industry hub that connects companies with infrastructure, talent, and a network of clinical partners.  Spokane’s uniquely collaborative spirit and supportive business environment creates a culture that propels innovation and advances the health of people and communities. 

As the largest healthcare, health sciences and medical education hub from Seattle to Minneapolis, and Calgary to Salt Lake City, Spokane provides services to a population of approximately 1.2 million.  With over 4,000 health-related businesses, Spokane has a track record of growing high value companies in Health IT, pharmaceutical manufacturing, biological products, surgical and medical instruments, medical laboratories and software development.

  • 9 hospitals employ 43,000 people; well over 20% of Spokane’s employment base
  • Currently a billion dollar industry in the region, projected to grow to $2.5 billion within ten years
  • Spokane’s University District, 770 acres adjoining downtown Spokane, provides connections between the healthcare industry center and the institutions of medical and health sciences education.  Education partners include:
    • Community Colleges of Spokane – second largest allied health program in the U.S.
    • Eastern Washington University Spokane
    • Gonzaga University
    • University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership – site of the WWAMI medical education program
    • Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane Campus
    • Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
    • Whitworth University

Spokane is primed for growth with the infrastructure for life sciences and lifestyles.  It boasts an attractive cost of doing business – 18% below the national average.  The region’s affordable land, buildings and space, combined with renewable hydroelectric power and some of the lowest utility rates in the nation, present an attractive environment for start-ups and early stage companies allowing them to minimize their cost of operations.  The region’s affordable housing, great schools, incredible natural beauty and recreation, and easy commutes make Spokane the hassle-free antidote to the friction of modern living.


Research and development activities are expanding in neuroscience, cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, infectious disease, addiction, aging, speech and hearing. 

Research and innovation centers include:

  • StartUp Spokane
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Gonzaga University
  • University of Washington Spokane CoMotion Labs
  • Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane: College of Nursing Clinical Simulation Lab, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sleep and Performance Research Center, Applied Sciences Lab, Center for Innovation
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • Providence Medical Research Spokane
  • Premier Clinical Research

Effortless Collaboration - Spokane's Collaborative Spirit Propels Innovation in Life Sciences

Spokane’s existing collaborations in the clinical and data realms, coupled with an educated public and accessible urban and rural communities, make Spokane an ideal hub for clinical trials and research studies.  The University District, in the heart of downtown, brings leaders in education, business, sciences and government together in support of life sciences initiatives.

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“One of the areas that make Spokane unique is how user-friendly the community is – the people that are going to help you get your product to market quickly are already connected.  Once we have defined the project purpose and players, not only are we able to collaborate, but we are able to organize that collaboration quickly.  Local market competitors regularly set aside their business rivalries to come together for the common good.  Many business communities have good intentions, but Spokane is exceptional about being organized on those good intentions to accelerate projects.”
-Francisco R. Velázquez, M.D., S.M. Physician Executive and Life Sciences Investor and Advisor

Healthcare Industry in Spokane County


Contact Business Development Manager, Stacia Rasmussen509.321.3637.

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