Watertown CEOs and professionals are quoted on everything from health insurance to interior design. In recent news, it is a Watertown company that has developed a cutting edge high-tech lithium-ion battery. Another firm is at the forefront of the national move to digitize health care records. A Watertown company involved in clinical research for biotech and pharmaceuticals beat out 81 other applicants for coveted accelerator loans from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The renowned Brewer Fountain from the Boston Common is being restored in Watertown by a preeminent art restoration firm. Harvard University publishes at the Arsenal, only one of many occupants of this historic complex overlooking the river. Perhaps less known is the fact that Watertown is home to the nation’s largest custom manufacturer of titanium and carbon-fiber bicycles.
Watertown has a growing presence in the areas of information, design and engineering, and science and technology and continues to be strong in specialty building trades. With many start-up companies, the town has over 1,000 businesses that employ approximately 20,000 people. In 2006, $137 million in venture capital was invested in Watertown (Grow Think Research). Over the last ten years, businesses in Watertown have been granted 294 patents ranging from infrared thermometers to biomolecule crystallization (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office).
The largest private companies in Town include:
- Tufts Associated Health Plans
- Athenahealth, Inc
- Bright Horizons Family Solutions
- JC Cannistraro
- Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
- Sasaki Associates, Inc.
- Communispace Corp
- Harvard Business School Publishing
- New England Research Institutes, Inc.
- Doble Engineering