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San Francisco, California - Best City to Live and Work

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  • When most people hear the name San Francisco (JOBS), they think of fog blanketing the Golden Gate Bridge, the world famous Chinatown, tie-dyed shirts, the steep streets that were made famous by a car chase in the movie Bullit (starring the late Steve McQueen), trolley cars, and thanks to excellent marketing, Rice-a-roni™. San Francisco is truly a fantastic place!

    San Francisco has something for everyone. If you can't find it, it's just because you aren't looking in the right place, not because it isn't there. For the fine art fans, you can visit anything from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the highbrow, to the Cartoon Art Museum for the lowbrow or just plain fun. There's the San Francisco Opera and the oldest professional ballet company in America. The theater scene encompasses everything from schmaltzy Broadway to the confusing avant-garde. For the sports fans, the Bay Area has plenty of teams to cheer for: MLB's San Francisco Giants or the Oakland Athletics; the NFL's San Francisco 49ers or the Oakland Raiders; the NBA's Golden State Warriors; the NHL's San Jose Sharks; and MLS's San Jose Earthquakes.

    The real draw is the neighborhoods. These wonderfully distinct places are home to many different cultures (and sub-cultures). Probably the three most famous of these neighborhoods are the Castro District, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury. Castro is the "Gay Mecca" of the San Fran area and a great place to people watch. Haight-Ashbury was probably the most famous place in the world for the hippie culture in the '60s, being home to such notables as the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. As if the '60s never left, tie-dye and incense are still "hip" in that neighborhood. Chinatown is like going to China without the jetlag. The area is jammed with herbal medicine stores, temples, and, of course, unbeatable restaurants. But don't stop there. Try South of Market (or SoMa) where all the hip clubs are popping up nowadays, or the Hispanic Mission District, where you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Carnaval; or try North Beach, where you can enjoy a cappuccino and a gelato; and the list keeps going.

    Great public transportation within the city makes San Francisco one of the most easily commutable metropolitan cities on the West Coast. The San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) shuttles over 200 million riders a year within the city and county of San Francisco 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Two other train systems, the Bay Area Rapid Transit, (BART) and Cal-Train takes commuters to and from destinations in the surrounding Bay Area.

    San Francisco is not only the heart of so many interesting, entertaining and historical spots it is also the financial center of Northern California. San Francisco’s financial district boasts a myriad of industries from architecture, commerce, finance, engineering, and the life-sciences which is a reflection of the multitude of industries found in the greater Bay Area, also dubbed the “Silicon Valley.” San Francisco therefore is one of the world’s most advanced hubs for the computer and biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

    San Francisco is ripe ground for life science research. In 2005, The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine or “CIRM” was established in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco The CIRM is an agency geared towards making grants and loans available for stem cell research throughout the state of California.

    The San Francisco Biotech hub is home to a multitude of prominent companies, such as Osprey Pharmaceuticals USA, Corbett Robotics, Medivation Inc., Via Pharmaceuticals, Alios BioPharma, Sirna Therapeutics Inc., Diobex Inc., and McKesson Pharmaceutical. Pfizer is planning to make San Francisco home to its Biotherapeutics and Bioinnovation Center in early 2010.

    And just a few miles away in South San Francisco lies even more. There, you will find companies such as Solazyme, Inc., Rinat, Solstice Neurosciences, Inc., Exelixis, Titan Pharmaceutical, Anesiva, Cell Genesys, Inc., Genemed, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, and Genentech, Inc.

    To pull this vast industry together, BayBio, a non-profit organization works to help people stay connected within the industry by hosting forums for networking, mentoring, workshops and other resources for startups seeking professional assistance.

    For more information, visit the BioSpace Biotech Bay ™ Hotbed community which highlights the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device industries in San Francisco and Northern California and keeps its audience abreast with the latest information about industry news and events throughout the region.

    Check out job opportunities in San Francisco by visiting the BioSpace Career Center. Here you will find the life sciences most premier career events which showcase an array of local employers. At the Career Center homepage you can even check out video to see what the career fair experience is like and hear what job seekers and employers have to say:

    San Francisco is a place that has to be experienced. You may even want to work part-time at one of these companies so that you can do so!

    See our jobs near San Francisco, California.

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