INDIANAPOLIS, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Indiana and Hoosier communities are bringing national attention to our life sciences strengths. According to a new Battelle/Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Report, "State BioScience Initiatives 2010", released today at the BIO International Conference in Chicago, Indiana is one of only five states with specialized bioscience employment in three of the four subsectors – Agricultural Feedstock & Chemicals, Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices & Equipment, and Research, Testing & Medical Laboratories. Bloomington leads the nation as the number one small city in Medical Devices & Equipment, and is one of only two metropolitan areas with a specialized employment concentration in all four bioscience subsectors. Indianapolis and Lafayette are two of only fifteen cities in the U.S. to have a specialization in three of the four subsectors that Battelle categorized. The report defines "specialized" as an employment concentration that is 20 percent or more of total U.S. employment.
"Despite the economic challenges that have affected other states and sectors, Indiana's life sciences landscape remains robust, and this report offers further evidence that we continue to make progress," said David Johnson, President and CEO of BioCrossroads, an organization focused on investment, development and advancement of the state's signature life sciences strengths. "BioCrossroads continues our aggressive engagement in life sciences market development activities that are helping to drive the state's sector forward – building our venture capital and entrepreneurial environment, creating new enterprises to encoura
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