Top 8 Pharmaceutical Companies in New Jersey

Written by: Lucy Walters
Published on: 13 Sep 2022

Top Companies in New JerseyNew Jersey is home to one of the United States’ strongest life science ecosystems and was ranked the #3 U.S. Life Science cluster in March 2021.  Home to 14 of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies and over 3,200 life science companies operating across all sectors, New Jersey is a state where scientific research and discovery thrives.

According to Choose New Jersey, the state also ranks:

  • #3 for employed Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • #1 for concentration of Scientists and Engineers
  • #1 region for NIH funding
  • #2 state for cancer drugs in development
  • #2 for Biotech strength

If you’re currently looking for your next Life Science role in the United States, or if you’re a recruiter searching for top talent in the country, New Jersey is an excellent location to carry out your search. In this article, we’ve rounded up 8 of the top pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey based on their physical presence as well as their impact on the local workforce…


Headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, Bayer is one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies with core competencies in healthcare and nutrition. The company is dedicated to helping people and the planet thrive by working to overcome the challenges presented by a growing and aging population.

Bayer’s Whippany office is 700,000 square feet of open, light workspace, with hundreds of conference and collaboration spaces.

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) is a global biopharmaceutical company discovering, developing, and delivering innovative medicines to help patients overcome serious diseases. BMS has a significant presence in New Jersey, with four sites across Lawrenceville, New Brunswick, and West Windsor. The core functions of each site are:

  • Lawrenceville – Route 206: Corporate HQ, Research and Development (with a focus in the areas of cancer, immunology, cardiovascular and fibrotic diseases), Finance, Legal, and HR.
  • Lawrenceville – Princeton Pike: Commercial, Global Product Development and Supply, Research and Development, and Enabling Functions.
  • New Brunswick: Research and Development (including Product and Process Development and Manufacturing to support clinical trials).
  • West Windsor – Nassau Park: Information Management, Global Sourcing, and Accounting.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest and most broadly based healthcare company, headquartered in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Johnson & Johnson Institute which provides healthcare professionals with ongoing learning opportunities also has a campus in New Jersey, located in Raritan. This 15,000 square foot facility features a dry lab, 13 conference rooms, and a virtual studio.


Merck is a multinational research-intensive biopharmaceutical company with world headquarters in Rahway, New Jersey. This campus has been the site of many medical breakthroughs and has been recognised as a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society. The company also has a site in Kenilworth which acts as the main biologics R&D hub.


Novartis is a global healthcare company reimagining medicine with the aim of improving and extending people’s lives by addressing some of today’s most challenging healthcare issues. The company has numerous sites across New Jersey including sites in East Hanover, Princeton, and Morris Plains.

Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company translating unmet medical needs of those living with a serious chronic disease into innovative medicines and delivery systems. In the US, the organisation has headquarters in Plainsboro, New Jersey, where they have a strong presence in the community through their local partnerships with organisations such as:

  • Community FoodBank of New Jersey
  • The Independent College Fund of New Jersey
  • Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation
  • Princeton Healthcare System Foundation

Novo Nordisk has been awarded for its economic benefit, architectural merit, and community involvement with the New Good Neighbor Award presented by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.


Roche is one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies and is a global leader in in-vitro diagnostics. The company has a 63-acre campus located in Branchburg, New Jersey, which is the largest polymerase chain reaction (PCR) manufacturing site in the world. Here, 800+ employees are developing and manufacturing innovative medical diagnostic assays for use by researchers, physicians, patients, and more.


Sanofi is a global healthcare company working to transform the practice of medicine and to provide potentially life-changing treatments and vaccines to millions of people worldwide. In the US, Sanofi is headquartered in Bridgewater, New Jersey, in a building of 675,000 square feet.