9. (Tied) Cleveland, OH (1.75% of votes)
Last year, Cleveland-based Surgical Theater received FDA approval for their flight-simulator inspired surgical navigation platform. It is not happenstance that the company is based in the city. As we reported in 2011, Cleveland is an up and coming medical device hub. It goes without saying that the city is home to the respected Cleveland Clinic, which has had a number of device-related spinoffs, not to mention Case Western Reserve University. The area also has one of the biggest networks of teaching hospitals and medical research institutions in the nation. The medical device industry is one of the most robust sectors in the region, and the area’s traditional industrial manufacturing base has turned to sustain itself, and many of the biggest device companies in the country, including Johnson & Johnson, GE Healthcare, Philips Medical Systems, Siemens, and Steris have facilities in the area.
Ohio-based medical device companies brought in $22 million in venture capital in 2014, and $670 million in NIH funding went to researchers in the state.