Healthcare & Biotechnology

Life Sciences in Metro Little Rock

Cutting-edge healthcare and biotechnology are part of Central Arkansas' DNA.

Between addressing today’s ailments or uncovering tomorrow’s cures, Metro Little Rock’s healthcare and biotechnology industry is pushing the pace. Firms and startups are leveraging Central Arkansas’ cutting-edge scientific and academic resources, while more capital is being invested in research and commercialization. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Bioventures program is a major asset in the arena. UAMS Bioventures actively fosters the commercial investment and development of discoveries coming out of Metro Little Rock’s top healthcare and education institutions, including UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Safe Foods Corporation is just one success story of this venture. With an increasing amount of healthcare facilities and assets, Metro Little Rock’s healthcare and biotechnology industry is changing medicine – from the incubator to the infirmary.

Jay Chesshir, CCE President & CEO

Jay Chesshir, CCE

President & CEO


Metro Little Rock is home to the only medical school in Arkansas: the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock.
The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Little Rock is the only FDA Center located outside of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.


Healthcare Facilities 40+
Employed in Healthcare Professions 40,000
Average Healthcare & Biotechnology Salary $48,719
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017
Success Stories

Safe Foods Corporation

A global leader in food safety management, Safe Foods Corporation is one of more than 20 successful spinoffs of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) BioVentures program. In 2018, Safe Foods announced the purchase of a 120,000-square-foot, $15 million facility located on 22 acres in North Little Rock. The World Headquarters location brings the company’s operations under roof and provides exceptional access to adjacent rail and interstate transportation systems.

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