By J.K. Wall
Indiana ranked among the top 10 states for its strength in medical technology, according to a new report from the Advanced Medical Technology Association, a trade group of makers of medical devices, equipment, software and supplies.
The report was based on the number of jobs and wages in medical technology companies and on new jobs created to support the industry. Medical technology ranges from eyeglasses to hospital equipment to replacement joints.
"It confirms what many of us in the industry already knew: medical technology is an essential part of Indiana's economy," said Bob Durgin, Biomet Inc. corporate vice president for global quality, clinical and regulatory affairs and board of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council, in a written statement.
With about 15,500 Hoosiers working in the medical technology field, Indiana ranked No. 8 in industry employment and fifth in per-capita employment.
The report estimated that 63,000 Hoosiers are employed to support the medical-technology industry, ranking Indiana No. 2 in the nation.
California ranked No.1 for employment and number of support jobs. Utah ranked No. 1 in per-capita employment for the sector.