Indiana Leads U.S. in Life Sciences Jobs

Indiana leads all U.S. states in life sciences jobs and employment growth in the bioscience field.  

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According to a Battelle/Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Report “State Bioscience Industry Development 2012” released today at the BIO International Conference in Boston, Indiana is a national leader in life sciences jobs and bioscience employment.

“The BIO/Battelle Report makes our story very clear: Indiana’s life sciences industry is now a national leader in almost every way that counts,” said David Johnson, president and CEO of BioCrossroads, an organization focused on investment, development and advancement of the state’s signature life sciences strengths.  Johnson continued, “Our industry here is both diverse and deep, and we’re now fully positioned to do even more.  In fact, and especially at this time of challenge and change, it is critical that we continue to build from strength and pursue opportunities to encourage growth, innovation, and support.”

Bioscience jobs in Indiana have grown 14% since 2001, significantly outpacing the national average of 6.4%. With the addition of the new Bioscience Distribution subsector, the report finds that there are now nearly 60,000 people working in one of Indiana’s five bioscience subsectors tracked by BIO and Battelle, with Indiana one of the top ten states in the U.S. for bioscience employment as well as bioscience industry establishments.  In addition, Indiana is one of seven states delivering life science job gains of 5,000 or more between 2001-2010.

“This report really drives home the huge economic impact of this sector on Indiana’s economy.  It reinforces the need to support our life science firms with programs and services targeted directly to the unique needs of this industry,” said Kristin Jones, president and CEO of the Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF). “This again shows that the investments made over a decade ago are paying off.”

The full report is available on the BIO Website www.bio.org.

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