Thursday, February 8th, 2007
Battelle, a Columbus, Ohio based think tank, recently released a study measuring bioscience employment in metro areas across the country. This study tracked four key sectors: Drugs and Pharma, Agricultural Feedstocks and Chemicals, Medical Devices and Equipment, and Research, Testing and Medical Labs. Notably excluded from the survey are hospital and academic research institutions. However, given that most large cities have these, it may not be as distinguishing a factor as elsewere.
Among cities I typically cover in this blog, here is how some of them scored:
|Salt Lake City||19||12,588|
Only 25 metro areas had employment levels above 10,000. I normally focus on the 1-2 million population metro areas here, but I threw some larger cities on the chart for comparison. Among cities I normally talk about in this blog, Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville, Nashville, and Charlotte did not make the list.
A few observations about some of the cities on the list.
Minneapolis was dominant in Medical Equipment and Devices. I believe Medtronic and others are based there or do much of their research and manufacturing there. It is number two in the country behind Los Angeles in total employment in this sector, which accounts for about 75% of all local bioscience jobs.
While everyone knows Indianapolis is home to pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, I doubt many people would have expected it to score #9 on this list. While pharmaceuticals does account for over half of local employment, this sector is not as dominant as medical devices is in Minneapolis. In fact, Indianapolis, with employers like Roche Diagnostics and Dow Agrosciences, is one of the few metros with respectable employment in all four sectors measured by the study. Indiana as a whole also did surprisingly well, as there are numerous outstate companies like Cook Group and Biomet in addition to the Indianapolis employment hub.
Kansas City also has a very respectable employment base for its metro area size. Of particular note is its large Research, Medical, and Testing Laboratory component, which is over 50% of the local bioscience employment base.
The full report is available online for review for those who are interested in more information.