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Indiana's growth in life sciences jobs beats national average

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Indiana has outpaced the national average in biosciences job growth, at 17.2 percent versus a national average of 15.8 percent, according to the Batelle/Biotechnology Industry Organization’s “State BioScience Initiatives 2010” report.

About 53,000 people are employed statewide in one of four biosciences sectors tracked by the Columbus, Ohio-based Battelle Institute and by industry group BIO.

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Indiana is one of five states with specialized employment in three of the four subsectors of the industry: agricultural feedstock/chemicals, drugs/pharmaceuticals and medical devices/equipment.

Bloomington led the nation as the No. 1 small city in medical devices and equipment. It also was one of only two metro areas with a specialized employment concentration in all four subsectors.

The state’s life sciences sector “remains robust, and this report offers further evidence that we continue to make progress,” said David Johnson, president and CEO of the state’s life sciences group BioCrossroads.

Indianapolis and Lafayette are two of 15 cities that specialize in three of four subsectors Battelle categorized.•

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