Allergan is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative products for the ophthalmology, neurosciences, medical dermatology, medical aesthetics and other specialty markets with revenues exceeding $3 billion annually. Southern California produces more biomedical products and research than any other area in the world and accounts for 25% of all FDA medical product approvals.
Beckman Coulter is a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies that automate laboratory processes with annual sales of $2.5 billion. Orange County is home to other leading bio tech firms such as Allergan, Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Cortex Pharmaceuticals, Edward Lifesciences, Braun Medical, Alcon Irvine Technology Center, and Advanced Medical Optics.
Broadcom is a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications with annual revenue of more than $2.5 billion. Orange County is the most diversified high-tech economy in the U.S. and is home to a wide variety of firms such as Gateway, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, Conexant, Linksys (Cisco), Jazz Semiconductor, Western Digital, Kingston Technology, FileNet, QLogic, Emulex, Mitsubushi Digital Electronics and Toshiba (Information Systems, Electronic Components, Medical Systems, Business Solutions).
Google is widely recognized as the "world's best search engine" because it is fast, accurate and easy to use. Their breakthrough technology and continued innovation serve the company's mission of "organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful." Google has a major location in Irvine through its purchase of dMarc Broadcasting (Google Audio). They also have a significant presence in the Tech Coast area through their other purchases of Applied Semantics, Picasa, Urchin Software and Neven Vision.
This Fortune 100 firm is the world’s largest technology distributor serving 165,000 resellers in 100 countries. Their success is representative of the role that international trade plays in Orange County’s thriving economy. The county’s total foreign exports exceed $16 billion annually with computers and electronics as the top category with over $5 billion worth of trade.
Mercedes Benz Advanced Design
Mercedes Benz’s first design studio outside of Germany reflects the fact that Southern California has become the epicenter of automobile design. Over 14 auto manufacturers have design studios in the area including CALTY (Toyota, Lexus, Scion) in Newport Beach as well as Ford’s Advanced Product Creation, Mazda Research, Kia America’s headquarters and Ford’s Premier Automotive Group headquarters all in Irvine.
Building on its legacy of innovative, market-leading optical technology, Oakley manufactures and distributes high performance sunglasses, prescription lenses and frames, goggles, apparel, footwear, and accessories. Orange County’s outdoor lifestyle combined with an innovative and entrepreneurial climate has led it to become the heart of sport and lifestyle industries including surf, snowboard and skateboarding firms such as Quiksilver (Roxy, DC, Rossignol, Cleveland Golf), Volcom, Hurley, Hobie, Billabong USA, Vans, and Lost Enterprises.
Pacific Life provides life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 50 largest U.S. companies as clients.
Pimco is one of the largest specialty fixed income managers in the world, with more than $687 billion in assets under management and more than 800 employees in offices in Newport Beach, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, London, Sydney, Munich, Toronto and Hong Kong.
Taco Bell Corporation
Taco Bell is the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain serving more than 2 billion consumers each year in more than 5,800 restaurants in the U.S. with sales of $1.8 billion in company restaurants and $4.4 billion in franchise restaurants. A climate of creativity has made Orange County the capital of restaurant chains. Twenty-five restaurant chains, from hot dogs to upscale steakhouses have headquarters in the county and post $5.2 billion in annual sales.
Amgen is the world’s largest biotechnology company having pioneered the development of novel products based on advances in recombinant DNA and molecular biology and launched the biotechnology industry’s first blockbusters. As a Fortune 500 company, Amgen continues to be an entrepreneurial, science-driven enterprise dedicated to helping people fight serious illness. Southern California is a hotbed for biomedical careers as it represents the largest concentration of medical product manufacturers in the world.
San Diego County has a well-deserved reputation for the best weather in the continental U.S. The golf industry is also is attracted by the weather and is headquarters for major firms, including Callaway and Taylor Made. Callaway Golf is a leading manufacturer of golfing equipment under the Callaway, Odyssey, Ben Hogan and Top-Flite brands. Beyond golf, other sports equipment firms are located in the area including K2 Inc. - a leading manufacturer of premier branded equipment for sports as diverse as fishing, watersports, baseball, softball, alpine skiing, snowboarding and in-line skating.
Conexant’s innovative semiconductor solutions are driving broadband communications and digital home networks worldwide. The company has leveraged its expertise and leadership position in modem technologies to enable more Internet connections than all of its competitors combined. The Southern California Tech Coast is a leading center of innovation as reflected by its ranking as the second highest number of patents granted annually in the U.S.
The Walt Disney Company is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. Disney has become one of the biggest Hollywood studios and owner of eleven theme parks (including Disneyland in Orange County) and several television networks, including ABC. As the center of the entertainment industry, Southern California is also home to Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, DirecTV, Activision among numerous other firms.
Edwards Life Sciences
Edwards Life Sciences is a global leader in products and technologies to treat advanced cardiovascular disease, the global leader in acute hemodynamic monitoring and the number-one heart valve company in the world. Edwards’ Irvine headquarters is home to the world’s most advanced heart valve therapy manufacturing plant. In support of the growth and importance of biotechnology in Orange County, UC Irvine’s Life Science departments have an annual budget in excess of $400 million, nearly $60 million of which is spent on research.
Northrop Grumman is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide. Southern California as the leading high-technology industrial center has become synonymous with major industries including aircraft and parts, missiles and space equipment, and electronics.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is the world's largest professional services firm. PwC is the largest of the Big Four accounting firms, the other three being Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young and KPMG all of whom have multiple office in both Los Angeles and Orange County. In fact, business and professional services represents the largest employment sector in Orange County.
QUALCOMM is a Fortune 500 firm and a pioneer of CDMA digital wireless technology and one of the leading enablers of 3G wireless, as well as other advanced wireless products and services. QUALCOMM leads the world in the development of numerous wireless chipsets and solutions, and has licensed its patent portfolio to more than 135 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. San Diego is home to a diverse set of technology firms including General Atomics (harnessing the power of nuclear technologies) and SAIC (leading systems, solutions and technical services company).
Quest Software delivers innovative products that help more than 50,000 organizations worldwide get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases and IT infrastructure. Software development thrives in Orange County with firms as diverse as FileNet, whose content and process management helps enterprises make better decisions faster, to Blizzard Entertainment which has become one of the most successful game development studios in the world.
Scripps Research Institute
The Scripps Research Institute, one of the world’s largest, private, non-profit research organizations, has always stood at the forefront of basic biomedical science. The Institute has become internationally recognized for its basic research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, virology and synthetic vaccine development. San Diego has been ranked the top biotech cluster in the U.S. as it is home to offices and research facilities for numerous biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.