convergence of talent is driving dfw's life science growth

Dallas-Fort Worth has emerged as a premier location for the convergence of tech and life science companies. The region is ranked 4th in total 'convergence' jobs (340,965) and 5th fastest growing major life science hub behind Durham, Raleigh, Phoenix, and Boston.


The DFW region has the fastest growing population in the country, adding over 100,000 people annually.



nationally ranked research universities

With six nationally recognized research universities, companies that move or expand here will find a growing pool of talent to draw from.


#1 in the U.S. for new tech jobs

In 2023, DFW added more high tech jobs like software developers, engineers, and technicians than any other region in the U.S. and is #2 only behind San Francisco over the past 5 years. 


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metro jobs and Costs comparison

The region is adding jobs comparable to other metros with a much lower cost. For reference, the national average for cost of living and for cost of doing business is 100.

Higher Education

intellectual capital of texas

Dallas-Fort Worth is the Intellectual Capital of Texas. More than 70 accredited universities and colleges cover the DFW landscape. The University of North Texas at Denton, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Texas at Arlington are among Texas’ eight “emerging research” universities, expanding program capabilities and funding in pursuit of remaining at the top end of research institutions as defined by the Carnegie Classification methodology. UT Southwestern Medical Center, meanwhile, is among the nation’s best in biology and biochemistry research, boasting countless clinical breakthroughs and innovations, as well as six Nobel Laureates. The region produced about 2,800 graduates with biological and biomedical sciences degrees in 2021 -- and about 4,600 degrees in computer and information sciences.

As one of the world’s foremost research institutions, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center fosters “no-fence” multidisciplinary research and rigorous scientific training in both basic and clinical research.
  • 3,700 students
  • Home to 6 Nobel Laureates since 1985, 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine)
  • Schools of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions
  • $554 million per year for faculty research from NIH, CPRIT, and philanthropic grants per year. Funding about 5,800 projects
  • Has been ranked 1st for volume of work published in biomedical research, basic chemistry, and overall research
  • 80+ biotech startups have spun out of UT Southwestern
  • 1,100+ licensing & option agreements
  • UT Southwestern’s campus currently includes almost 15.5 million square feet of building space, with about 2.7 million square feet of capital or renovation projects under construction or in planning and design.
  • 41,376 students
  • R-1 Doctoral University
  • $125MM in research expenditures
  • 200 Ph.D. students per year
  • 19 fellows in National Academy of Inventors
  • The North Texas Genome Center at UTA features has the capacity to sequence over 10,000 human genomes annually. Through the Texas Genomics Core Alliance offers high-speed and low-cost library preparation and sequencing services.
  • The Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics (MICHI) was established in 2020.
  • 30,846 students
  • R-1 Doctoral University
  • 76% of degrees are STEM 
  • Top 5 in the nation for total computer science students and 3rd in the nation for undergraduate computer science degrees awarded.
  • $130.9 million in research expenditures in 2022
  • Centers for Brain Health, Applied AI, Systems Biology, Biomedical Device, Healthcare Leadership & Management, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • 46,751 students
  • R-1 Doctoral University
  • Located five miles north of the main campus, Discovery Park houses the College of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The 300-acre research facility combines state-of-the art labs and equipment, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technology innovation.
  • 2,317 graduate students
  • Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the nation’s top medical schools for primary care.
  • In 2022, received a $149 million NIH grant to fund a study of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the largest studies of the disease in the world. 
  • $100 million awarded in grants from NIH in to diversify field of AI, including a $50 million award to lead the AI/ML Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity consortium
  • Schools of Public Health, Health Professions, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • 11,835 students
  • $1.6 billion endowment
  • Home to NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD. This shared resource machine consists of 20 NVIDIA DGX A100 nodes, each with 8 advanced and powerful graphical processing units (GPUs) to accelerate calculations and train AI models. 
  • Opened the SMU Institute for Computational Biosciences at Pegasus Park in 2024. Multiple SMU centers will work under the Institute, including the Center for Drug Discovery, Design, and Delivery and the planned Center for Computational Genomics, AI Institute for Precision Health and Center for Metaverse Immersive Technologies for Health Sciences.   
  • 12,731 students
  • The Burnett School of Medicine is one of Texas’ newest medical schools. The first class graduated in 2023.
  • New four-story, 100,000 square-foot medical education building will be the academic hub for medical students and faculty and staff. 
  • The School of Medicine has also launched graduate medical education collaborations with JPS Health Network, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth and Texas Health Resources
  • 4,215 students
  • 68% female population
  • 50% Hispanic
  • One of the fastest growing public university in Texas
  • Bachelor of Science degree programs in Public Health and Biology
  • $100 million science building being built to address demand in healthcare jobs.
  • 15,180 students
  • Carnegie Doctoral University
  • Two DFW Campuses – Denton & Dallas
  • TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center
  • Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing 
  • TWU Stroke Center – Dallas 
  • Nationally ranked university’s physical therapy,  occupational therapy and health care administration and business programs.
  • 12,094 students, including new Dallas campus
  • Master of Science in Biological Science program
  • Located in the new Health Science Center, the Biomedical Institute for Regenerative Research (BIRR) is a new venture of A&M-Commerce that discovers ways to reduce damage and restore hearts.
  • Texas A&M Research and Innovation campus in Downtown Fort Worth, announced in 2021, will have programs in medical technologies, advanced manufacturing, nutrition, biotechnology, medical laboratory science and nursing.
  • Texas A&M School of Dentistry is located in Dallas.  It has nearly 60 active research grants and funded training programs. The campus houses the Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis (CCRD).
  • TTUHSC’s School of Pharmacy Dallas campus is located in the Dallas Medical District and at the Dallas VA Medical Center.
  • The school collaborates with multiple medical centers across DFW, including UT Southwestern, Texas Health Resources and Baylor Scott & White.
  • In the Spring of 2024, Texas Tech opened Texas Tech University DFW in Irving. The new 27,000 square-foot campus will house undergraduate and graduate degree tracks, and includes a cutting-edge iOS training lab.


In 2023, State lawmakers demonstrated their support for higher education, investing $5 billion over the next two years. These investments will make higher education more affordable for all Texans while connecting them to opportunities that improve their lives and ensure Texas’ economic success and competitiveness.

  • The Trinity River Campus East offers programs in Health Sciences and Nursing.
  • More than 30 Tarrant County College students are participating in the new Biomedical Opportunities Academy offered by TCC Trinity River and TCU-UNTHSC School of Medicine. The program’s mission is to inspire young, underrepresented students to learn about human diseases and treatments, and to explore and envision their careers in medicine.
  • Collin College offers certificates in Biotechnology and Advanced Biotechnology
  • The Biomedical Equipment Technology program provides students with the training and experience to ensure today’s life-saving medical technology and equipment is in top working order. 
  • I​n August 2022, Dallas College was awarded an $8.8 million grant f​rom the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help underserved communities access living-wage jobs in biotechnology.
  • The Allied Health Lab and Pharmacy Tech Lab at the Red Bird campus provides hands-on training to prepare the student for a career as a pharmacy technician. The Allied Health Lab will train students in phlebotomy, EKG Tech, medical billing, and medical assistant.


- North Texas spends 67% of all its higher education R&D spending in life science.
- DFW institutions and organizations received $131M+ in NIH funding in 2022 and $115+ in CPRIT Funding in 2021 and 2022 combined.
- UT Southwestern ranks #1 in the world for publishing high-quality biomedical and scientific research.
- Within Texas, DFW leads in the number of patents in bioinformatics and medical & surgical devices.

DFW is home to one of four satellite offices of the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

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Kelly Cloud

Vice President – Life Sciences
Dallas Regional Chamber




BioNTX is the bioscience and healthcare innovation trade organization in North Texas, an affiliate of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization in Washington, DC. They are the bridge between businesses and job opportunities, providing direct cost savings services, networking events, and educational programming to the bioscience and healthcare innovation community in North Texas.