The Top 6 Pharmaceutical Companies in New Jersey

Pharm Country Hotbed

New Jersey is one of the most important states in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. The state is home to 14 of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., and the New Jersey pharmaceutical industry generates over $120.9 billion in revenue each year, with 63,415 jobs directly linked to the industry.

Although the state of New Jersey is relatively small, it plays a large role in both the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and the Pharm Country hotbed. New Jersey is also number one in the country for heart medication and number two for cancer medication.


The Top 6 Pharmaceutical Companies in New Jersey

Rank (By 2021 Revenue)





Johnson & Johnson

New Brunswick, N.J.




New York City, N.Y.



Merck & Co.

Kenilworth, N.J.




Basel, Switzerland




Whippany, N.J.



Bristol Myers Squibb

New York City, N.Y.



1. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has remained in the top spot on this list for many years. The company is headquartered in New Brunswick, NJ and employs over 140,000 people worldwide. J&J's products include over-the-counter medications, medical devices and consumer products such as baby shampoo and Band-Aids.

On Sep. 22, the company opened up an R&D campus in San Francisco, which will focus on digital health and house around 400 employees. J&J has also been working on an immunotherapy treatment for cancer, which has achieved FDA approval this year.

Johnson & Johnson always has positions available for those with the right skills and qualifications. The company is currently looking for a senior IT lead product analyst, an associate director of regulatory affairs, and an AITA data and insights innovation director.

2. Pfizer

Although its home base is in New York City, Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey. The company has over 4,000 employees in the state and is ranked 43rd on the Fortune 500 list.

Pfizer was founded in 1849 and today produces a wide range of prescription and over-the-counter medications. The company's products include treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Most notably, the company was at the forefront of COVID-19 vaccine development, with its vaccine being one of the first to receive emergency use authorization from the FDA.

Pfizer is always looking for talented individuals to join its team. The company is currently hiring for a number of positions in New Jersey with remote work positions open for oncology field medical directors and associate directors for clinical pharma services.

3. Merck

Kenilworth, NJ is home to Merck, one of the oldest pharmaceutical companies in the United States. The company was founded in 1891 and employs close to 70,000 people worldwide.

Merck & Co. produces a wide range of prescription medications, vaccines, and animal health products. The company is currently working on Islatravir, a new treatment for HIV, which is expected to move to Phase III clinical trials on Tuesday.

Currently, the company is hiring for a number of positions in New Jersey, including analytical R&D scientists, senior research scientists and quality assurance specialists.

4. Novartis

Novartis is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Basel. The company specializes in the research, development, and manufacturing of medications for a variety of conditions including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart failure and more.

The company is relatively new, having been founded in 1996. However, it has quickly grown to employ over 108,000 people in 140 countries and now has several locations in New Jersey, including in East Hanover and Florham Park.

On Thursday, the company announced its plans to become a top five global pharmaceutical company by 2027. In order to achieve this goal, Novartis plans to focus on five core therapeutic areas.

Novartis has open positions available to senior analytical scientists, data scientists and associate global marketing managers.

5. Bayer

Bayer is a German multinational pharmaceutical and life science company headquartered in Leverkusen. Bayer is perhaps best known for its wide range of over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin and Alka-Seltzer, however, the company has acquired a bit of a green thumb.

In 2018, Bayer acquired Monsanto in a $63 billion deal which made the company one of the leading players in the agrichemicals industry. The acquisition has allowed Bayer to develop new sustainable agriculture solutions to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint and increase their yields. The company also recently announced a collaboration with Perdue AgriBusiness to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability in the food value chain.

Bayer is currently hiring for a number of positions in New Jersey, including supply chain system managers and regulatory affairs managers.

6. Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in New York City. The company produces a wide range of prescription medications, including treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and heart disease.

The company has recently made headlines for its work on Opdualag (nivolumab and relatlimab), a new treatment for melanoma that was recently approved by the European Commission.

BMS also recently received approval for Sotyktu (deucravacitinib) for plaque psoriasis. This oral treatment is the first of its kind in almost a decade and avoids the need for a black box label, which is often required for injectable treatments for psoriasis.

At the moment, the company is looking for manufacturing associates, registered clinical scientists and pharmaceutical development technicians to join its team in New Jersey.

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