Posted by: Audrey Erbes | May 21, 2009

Milken Studies of Top Biotech Clusters

It amazes me that Milken Institute always ends of touting a sponsor life science cluster as a top one when they research the rank order of these economic entities. They’ve done it again–the only surprise is that Atlanta didn’t soar to the top of the charts in their report made to the BIO conference this week in Atlanta.  We’ve seen San Diego and then the greater DC/Maryland area ranked at top in the past when the BIO meetings were to be held in their locations. In the past they had to divide the Bay Aea cluster into 3 or 4 geographical areas, rather than using the traditional definition of the cluster established many years ago by Ernst and Young, to accomplish this feat of research.  Do these results mean Philadephia is next year’s BIO site?

Results reported include “Boston remains on top, Greater Philadelphia moves up to second from third, and San Francisco drops one spot to third,” the institute said in a press release.

The study was sponsored BioAdvance, PhRMA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Select Greater Philadelphia, BioNJ, Delaware BioScience Association, Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, and Pennsylvania Bio, the institute said, and the purpose of the study was to define Greater Philadelphia’s opportunities and challenges in life sciences.



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