Fulton County is a robust, growing Bioscience, Life Science, Health IT industry. The local industry is comprised of a mix of companies based on size and business sectors. There are more than 1,514 companies representing a mix of home-grown businesses focusing on clinical trials and medical devices; vaccines being researched at the Centers for Disease Control located in the metro area; and multinational companies offering information technology and other products. Currently, there are an estimated 17,000 employees generating $1.2 billion annually in sales revenue in metro Atlanta.
The local industry is supported by an ecosystem encompassing local universities and research centers, large corporations, and small-to-mid size companies. A mix of four colleges and university have substantial bioscience and health IT centers, including the nationally renowned Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering founded as a collaboration project between Georgia Tech and Emory.