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Albuquerque's Biotech/Biomed cluster produces a range of items from surgical supplies to painless glucose monitors.

Major Commercial Players

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endosurgery, which manufactures instruments in a 230,000-square-foot plant; Heel Inc., a homeopathic pharmaceutical manufacturer

Oso Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer of sterile injectable pharmaceuticals.

Most of the city’s biotech-biomed companies are small but diverse and many are spinoffs from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico.
Activities are concentrated in these areas:

  • Manufacture of instruments, devices, and supplies
  • Research and development of medical equipment
  • Bioinformatics
  • Diagnostics

What Bioscience Companies Say

Egon Landgraf, CEO of Heel Inc., world’s largest producer of homeopathic products: “Heel Inc. has strong roots in Albuquerque for over 25 years and has made a conscious decision to expand and grow the business further in Albuquerque rather than relocate our manufacturing facilities and headquarters elsewhere.”

Ries Robinson, CEO of InLight Solutions: “We were able to recruit very good people and provide them with a good standard of living. In terms of research and development, Albuquerque’s a good place.”

Workforce Training

UNM’s Center for Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary research center that coordinates research and education in biomedical engineering. The center’s research ranges from low-cost medical diagnostics for the third-world to state-of-the-art flow cytometry. Many students perform hands-on research at a lab bench. "Hispanic-Serving Institutions" in the United States.

Bioscience Assets

Sandia National Laboratories investigates cellular and biomolecular processes and phenomena, including work in membrane science, materials synthesis, protein engineering, and state-of-the-art cellular imaging.

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (HSC) includes a medical school,colleges of nursing and pharmacy, four hospitals, and the Cancer Research and Treatment Center. HSC can gather data and understand impacts with relative ease because it has a repository of data on entire populations of patients and access to high-performance parallel computing.

HSC’s Clinical and Magnetic Resonance Research Center houses the Mind Research Network, the Mind Imaging Center, and the Biomedical Research and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Center. The BRaIN Center specializes in neuroimaging research using animal models of human neurological and psychiatric disorders. In 2009, HSC gained a $10 million Cardiac Catheterization Center.

Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute is a private biomedical research organization dedicated to improving public health through research on the prevention, treatment, and cure of respiratory disease.

The Mind Research Network is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and brain injury. Its interdisciplinary association of scientists located at universities, national laboratories and research centers around the world focuses on imaging technology.


New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association