Established Health Sciences and Services Industry

Missouri's Health Science History

Missouri has a rich history providing quality health sciences service to the community.  Missouri’s world class health sciences education system paired with state of the art health care facilities ensure the exceptional care Missouri’s receive remains the standard in the field.  Missouri’s pro-business climate is why some of the largest health science innovators have decided to call Missouri home.  There is a broad base of health care service provider and innovators across all areas of the state including many nationally ranked hospital systems.  

The Health Sciences and Services industry encompasses three niches:

This field involves the delivery and administration of health care as well as health innovations that advance the ease and efficiency of delivering services to patients and the translation of these innovations into start-up companies 

Health Science Companies Succeed in Missouri

There is a broad base of health care service providers and innovators across all areas of the state including many nationally ranked hospital systems.  

Cerner Corporation: (HQ Kansas City) Cerner is the leading U.S. provider of health care information technology solutions.

ClearPractice: (St. Louis) ClearPractice started in 1999 as a software company with an electronic prescribing product and later added electronic health records and most recently, a product called Nimble to allow doctors to manage patient information by connecting their iPads to data centers managed by ClearPractice. The company now has nearly 500 doctors using its software.

Express Scripts: (HQ St. Louis) Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefit management firm that processes prescription drug claims and manages drug plans for government agencies, private firms, and unions. It is the largest company headquartered in the St. Louis region, employing nearly 4,000 people.

BioPharma Services Inc.: BioPharma Services is a physician-owned and physician-run Contract Research Organization (CRO) specializing in the conduct of Bioequivalence (BE) Studies and Phase I/IIa clinical trials and bioanalysis for innovative pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies.

Pharma Tech Industries: Pharma Tech Industries is a leading provider of contract manufacturing and packaging services for pharmaceutical, over-the-counter, medical device, and personal care products. With more than 40 years of industry experience, Pharma Tech Industries has grown to become the world’s largest pharmaceutical contract manufacturer and packager of powder products.

Nanova Biomaterials, Inc.: NBI is a research and development company that uses nanotechnology to manufacture orthopedic and dental products, such as dental fillings and bone screws. Nanova Inc, the parent company, was founded in 2007 by a group of four researchers, two of whom are from the University of Missouri.

Recent Industry Expansions

Express Scripts is one Missouri-based health science company that continues to thrive and grow.  Other top employers that have recently expanded their facilities and staff include, St. Mary's Health Center, University of Missouri Health System, Boone Hospital Center, St. John's Health System and CoxHealth.  

Missouri can point to several recent examples of health care employers that have innovated to capture new growth opportunities.  The Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute began as an independent group of 12 doctors in 2001.  Today, the group has grown into an 80-employee institute that treats brain, spinal, and peripheral nerve disorders such as brain tumors and herniated discs.  Its upcoming takeover by CoxHealth will further advance the institute's growth.

ClearPractice, a Missouri-based software company has also expanded to impact the health care community with their innovative electronic prescribing product.  

Missouri's Prestigious Hospitals Provide Valuable Knowledge

Missouri has four research hospitals, three of which are teaching hospitals and are ranked by U.S. News and World Report:

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis) is a teaching hospital and a 1,196 bed general medical and surgical facility with several specialties, 16 of which have been nationally ranked, including 8th in Orthopedics and 8th in Pulmonology. 
  • Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (Kansas City) is a 260-bed children's general facility and teaching hospital with ten ranked pediatric specialties, including 6th in Nephrology.
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center (St. Louis)  is a 448-bed general medical and surgical hospital. The hospital is one of America's Best Hospitals for eight specialties. 
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital is a 250-bed children's general facility that serves as a teaching hospital and has ten ranked pediatric specialties, including 7th in Neurology and Neurosurgery and 9th in Pulmonology.
  • St. Louis University Hospital is a 332-bed general medical and surgical facility and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Nephrology and Pulmonology.
  • St. Luke's Hospital (Kansas City) has 404 beds. The hospital ranks as one of America's Best Hospitals for Ear, Nose & Throat, Gynecology, and Nephrology.
  • University of Missouri Health Care (Columbia) is a 383-bed general medical and surgical facility that ranks 47th nationally in Ear, Nose & Throat.

Other major Missouri hospitals include: