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The health sector

The health sector is doing well in Toulouse!

Initiatives are growing to fight cancer, diabetes, obesity... with strong cross-fertilization and numerous cutting-edge technologies (space, IT...).

Leading sectors creating innovative research for better health


Toulouse un centre européen et mondial de recherche

Toulouse a European and global research center

Dermatology, cosmetics, gerontology, cardiology, infectious disease…Toulouse is a global health research center!

Key figures:

  • Health is a leading sector for employment in the Occitanie region representing 18% of all employees (140 000 employees + 20000 self-employed)
  • 9,000 public and private researchers in the health sector
  • 20,000 jobs in the private sector including 10 000 in R&D: more than 200 SMEs and startups work daily with key actors such as Sanofi, Evotec or Pierre Fabre
  • Around 190,000 people work every day in the medical and health sector R&D in the Occitanie region
  • 4,8 % of GDP is dedicated to R&D (1st region, 4th for medical R&D)
  • A focus on Toulouse:
    15,000 students, 2,200 researchers in the health sector, 8 hospitals, 9 clinics, 110 companies gathering 3,500 employees and one major site: the Oncopole.

The Oncopole: a translational campus for the future of health