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Healthcare & Bioscience Industry Thriving in Baltimore

Home to approximately 2.7 million people, the Greater Baltimore region is the 20th largest metro area in the United States and the key economic center in Maryland. Baltimore-based businesses, universities and organizations are at the forefront of numerous growth industries, making it a popular meeting and convention destination with extensive resources and built-in audiences. In fact, medical association meetings have seen a 64 percent increase in Baltimore, hosting 105 meetings since 2014.

Upcoming Medical Association Meetings in Baltimore:

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
    May 2016
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
    June 2016
  • American Health Information Management Association
    October 2016
  • Society of Toxicology
    March 2017 
  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
    March 2017
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives
    April 2017
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    May 2017
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    November 2017 

Recent Medical Association Meetings in Baltimore:

  • Pediatric Academic Societies
    May 2016 

    Projected attendance exceeded by 21%
  • American Physical Society
    March 2016 

    Projected attendance exceeded by 52%
  • EMS Today
    February 2016

    Projected attendance exceeded by 138% 
  • Association of American Medical Colleges
    November 2015
    Projected attendance exceeded by 20%  

    Year-over-year attendance up 21%
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
    October 2015 

    Projected attendance exceeded by 39%  
    Year-over-year attendance up 50%
  • American Society of Human Genetics
    
October 2015 

    Projected attendance exceeded by 75% 

 

Healthcare Industry

Some of the world’s most respected medical institutions are found here. Our medical schools, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, are leaders in healthcare education, and our research facilities pave the way for a healthier future. 

In 2016, The Maryland Proton Treatment Center began accepting patients and will quickly become a leading-edge cancer center that will bring a highly advanced form of treatment — proton therapy — to Baltimore. 

More than 189,000 healthcare professionals are employed in the region and cover all medical specialties and research programs. In fact, Baltimore ranks 3rd nationally in the concentration of U.S. health-care service employees.

Across the nation, Baltimore is known for some pretty impressive numbers:

#1 Research and development funding, Johns Hopkins University (1) 

#1 Hospital in the U.S, Johns Hopkins Medicine (2)

#2 Active physicians per 100,000 residents, with more than 24,000 doctors statewide (3) 

#3 Best U.S. medical school, Johns Hopkins Medicine (2)

#4 Best cancer hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine (2)

Sources: (1) National Research Corporation; (2) U.S. News and World Report; (3) American Medical Association and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, data for 2009; ranking excludes Washington, D.C.

 

Biosciences

Home to hundreds of bioscience companies, research-intense federal institutes and centers, and universities, Greater Baltimore is one of the world’s hubs for medical research and discovery. In fact, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins University have been attracting billions of dollars in annual research funding, and the Baltimore/Washington region ranks 6th in biotech venture capital funding since 2008.

The Baltimore/Washington region also ranks 2nd nationally in concentration of biohealth professionals, with 85 percent of the companies and activities within Maryland. Overall, the Northeast Corridor leads the nation in employment in this sector.

The University of Maryland BioPark has spent nearly a decade developing a community of science on Baltimore’s Westside. The billion-dollar project covers 10 acres (12 acres at full build out) and 1.8 million square feet of office and laboratory space. Just minutes from the Baltimore Convention Center and the Inner Harbor, the BioPark provides additional meeting space and facilities for convention and meeting groups. Meanwhile, East Baltimore has welcomed the opening of a new biotech area known as the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. This billion-dollar project features 1.1 million square feet of office and lab space spanning 31 acres. The $86 million bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park in nearby Baltimore County includes 350,000 square feet of space on a 71-acre campus (North and South campuses combined). 

More than 2,500 biological and science degrees are awarded annually in the region.

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