Innovation and Entrepreneurship Careers

The life sciences ecosystem hums with activity as entrepreneurs regularly pitch ideas and obtain funding for them. New biotechnology companies spring up almost weekly in Greater Boston, a global hub for healthcare. If you dream of starting a business and innovating to help people, then consider a career in a growing industry with access to capital.

An Incubator for Ideas

Eighteen of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies have a presence in Massachusetts, and the state’s life sciences industry is still expanding, with more than 1,000 biotechnology companies in Greater Boston alone. Renowned universities and academic medical centers—from MIT to Harvard to Massachusetts General Hospital—anchor this activity, generating knowledge and educating the workforce. Venture capital firms that specialize in the life sciences also operate in the region. It is the place to be for healthcare innovators with bold ideas.

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Biotechnology Founder

Hundreds of biotechnology founders in Massachusetts have turned their ideas into businesses. Many of these individuals—including researchers with management training—combined life sciences expertise with leadership and strategy skills to build companies. There are many opportunities for professionals with an entrepreneurial mindset in the region.

Salary range (USD): $557,484 - $915,599†

Develop and Retain Talent

If you’re a leader in the life sciences seeking to develop your team, explore our School of Professionals Studies as well as our School of Healthcare Business and Technology. MCPHS offers degrees, certificates, and courses to help established professionals advance and collaborates with companies to design custom programs to upskill employees in key functions.

Source of salary information: (pulled summer 2023)