Monday, February 12, 2007

Pharm Country ranks 3rd in bio jobs

A new national study ranked the Philadelphia area third in bioscience employment.
The nine-county region, with 53,036 biosciences jobs, trailed top-ranked New York and Los Angeles -- and finished ahead of Chicago and well-established biotech hubs Boston and San Francisco.

Battelle, a nonprofit independent research firm, conducted the study for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a national trade group based in Washington, D.C. The report issued last week is the latest attempt to identify the leaders among the many regions in the country that have engaged in highly publicized attempts to lure sought-after life science jobs.

"This report illustrates that nearly every large metropolitan area in the United States is actively pursuing bioscience industry development," said Patrick Kelly, vice president of state government relations for BIO. "The biosciences not only have the potential to create high-skill, high-wage jobs, but the industry is also developing technologies that can improve the quality of health care and agriculture and help meet our nation's growing energy needs."

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