Updated: Apr 6
A city built on sugar redefining itself as a frontrunner in medical innovation.
Welcome to Sugar Land, a city of world-class innovation, rich community, and expanding opportunities. It was built in the early 1800s on the production of sugar, but today the city is redefining itself as a frontrunner in medical innovation.
Hope Biosciences is a proud member of one of its key business sectors, life sciences; our neighboring companies include Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann.
The way Hope Bio’s Founder and CEO sees it, we as a society are at a tipping point—on the verge of widespread treatments more advanced and less invasive than surgery and medication. Citizens of Sugar Land and the Greater Houston Area have front row seats to the show, with the Texas Medical Center (TMC)—the largest and most comprehensive life sciences ecosystem—at the center of their city.
“As a person deeply passionate about advancing the level of care for patients who have little hope, I felt this was the place to start making our impact.” ~ Donna Chang, Founder & CEO
Hope Biosciences moved to Sugar Land—voted the best suburb of Houston—in 2017 with three employees. Today, the company employs more than twenty skilled professionals, and that number is growing. As a company seeking to revolutionize medicine, there seemed no better place to settle than this scenic and family-friendly neighbor of the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S.
Life sciences companies are densely concentrated in the TMC, but the innovation doesn’t stop at the Harris County limits. The Fort Bend County and Sugar Land Economic Development Councils do well in fostering the exponential growth of their life sciences sector, of which Hope Biosciences is a proud and notable member. Our neighbors include Houston Methodist, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann, and Bluebonnet Nutrition, among other companies from the pharmaceutical, medicine manufacturing, and R&D industries.
Hope Bio has had the pleasure of meeting and partnering with many influential Houston-based companies, organizations, and institutions, such as KPRC Local 2 News, Rice University, and UTHealth, who share the same mission of patient-focused innovation. Not only are companies interested in our mission, but the community, as well. This past year, we were honored to participate in the annual Fort Bend County Health and Wellness Expo at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, which showcased transformative and innovative healthcare products and services available in Fort Bend county. Attendees learned about the latest research trends, and strategies in the healthcare industry, and with a “passport” in hand—sponsored by Hope Biosciences—they participated in a prize drawing. We love that Fort Bend County rewards its citizens who seek to discover the best quality of healthcare possible for themselves and their communities.
Hope Bioscience’s community of stem cell bankers and researchers stretches well beyond our city limits, but since Sugar Land boasts easy access to two major international airports (IAH and Hobby) and houses its own regional airport, that’s no problem. Hope Bio’s facilities are easily accessible to the world. Our stem cell bankers live in 64 cities in 16 different states of America and five countries worldwide—in 2022, we successfully banked our first international baby from the Philippines! The bankers who are old enough to travel across land and sea visit our Sugar Land location not only to bank with Hope Bio, but to receive stem cell therapeutic treatments using their own cells at the Hope Biosciences Research Foundation in the same building. There, patients receiving infusions can enjoy scenic views of Oyster Creek with all of its wildlife activity.
Sugar Land is nationally known as one of the best places for families to live for its excellence in healthcare services, exponential growth, unrivaled ethnic diversity, and the strong sense of community. We have felt the true effects of the city’s partnership during our company's growth and expansion. Both the city officials and the Fort Bend County Economic Development Council are deeply invested in our success. They also know how to have fun! Pictured is our team at Smart Financial Center with concert tickets, courtesy of the city of Sugar Land.
Sugar Land, Texas, is just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center, which is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The city boasts 20 biotech companies and the life sciences industry is experiencing strong growth thanks to a highly-educated skilled workforce, affordable costs and Sugar Land’s pro-business attitude.
Best in the Nation
Best Places to Live for Families in the Nation (#17) | Fortune
Safest Midsize City (#2) | AdvisorSmith
Best Small City to Live in America (#5) | WalletHub
America's Fastest Growing City (#16) | WalletHub
Best Tasting Water in America | The American Water Works Association
Top 15 Cities Where Wealthy Families Pay the Least in Texas (#2) | Business Insider
Best State to Start a Business | WalletHub
A Happy & Highly Skilled Workforce
63.5% of residents hold college and graduate degrees
24.6% of the adult population volunteer to help charitable organizations
Life Sciences is a key sector of Sugar Land industries, employing 9,209 people; this pool is expected to grow by 33% by 2030.
500,000 college grads live within 30 minutes of Sugar Land
Data collected from the Sugar Land Economic Development Council.
Parks & Recreation
Over 27 city parks and over 20 miles of hike & bike trails
Constellation Field, home of the Space Cowboys Minor League Baseball team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Smart Financial Center ranked 7th in the world in ticket sales for venues under 10,000 (Pollstar 2019 Mid-Year Rankings)
Coolest Photo Spots of Houston - Houston Chronicle (2019)
“Houston is an innovation hub. We have the largest medical center in the world, so it’s fitting that the best medical technologies stay here. The investments we are making right now are particularly exciting because people recognize that we not only have the talent and the power to get things done, but we’re also geographically positioned to make it happen.” ~ Donna Chang, Founder & CEO
About Hope Biosciences
Hope Biosciences LLC, headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, is a leading cGMP compliant biopharmaceutical research and manufacturing company delivering safe, effective, and affordable stem cell solutions for incurable conditions such as autoimmune and neurological diseases, and is the only clinical-grade facility in the nation offering private banking services for both adults and newborns from around the world.
About the Hope Biosciences Research Foundation
Hope Biosciences Research Foundation (HBRF) is on a mission to unlock the potential of regenerative medicine, bringing new hope to patients by dramatically accelerating research. A non-profit 501 (c)3 organization headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas (Houston area) and founded in 2020, we work primarily with chronic conditions, many of which our patients have been told are “incurable.” HBRF is closing gaps in research and care by not only facilitating healing for patients but developing sustainable solutions with the potential to right our currently crippled healthcare system.