Posted by: Audrey Erbes | March 3, 2013

A National Report of Life Science Employment plus Events and Jobs

BioSpace just released its inaugural report BioSpace Annual Report: Life Sciences Employment Outlook. There are some interesting results and trends reported for the period 2010 to 2012 across the nation. Highlights of hiring trends, including the top recruited positions, and the positions with the highest growth and decline are covered. Salary data includes top pay grades, industry pay averages from 2005 to 2012, and top paying positions in biopharma across the clusters. Note that this national data comes from the Biospace database and not the same government database as used by California Healthcare Institute in their report. Note the analysis of the biopharma employment market is “based on a recent site demographic survey, industry job openings listed on from 2010 to 2012, salary data collected from the BioSpace Resume Database, and keyword findings.”

There was some good news in terms of a decrease in unemployment of over 3% in the past two years but also confusing basis for that calculation. Their claim of a 18.6 percent unemployment rate for industry professionals in 2010 vs. 15.2 percent in 2012 doesn’t sound right. I suspect that the private company source of professionals  for whom they have records in their database isn’t representative of the real unemployment rate for life science professionals. That’s an extremely high rate when California’s total rate of unemployment across industries is at 10%. One needs to remember the jobs they list and that are in their database don’t include more senior and higher paid positions recruited through other channels so that’s another potential source of distortion of the salary range which is lower than I’ve seen reported elsewhere. But the decline does mirror a drop I’m seeing with the expansion of openings this past year.

You can download the full report at by accessing–biotech-employment-outlook-189000631.html and filling out a registration form. I suggest looking at the California Healthcare, BayBio and PwC annual California Biomedical Industry 2013 report for a reference point for California professionals at .

Highlights for Next Two Upcoming Weeks Events

I’ll be at a conference next weekend so I am providing highlights for the next two weeks in this emailing.

  • BioCentury TV Today, See new program Webcast Starting Sunday, March 3, 2013, Available anytime starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT; Topic: “New Age CEO: What Biopharma Needs;” Speakers: Angus Russell, CEO of Shire plc and Sarah Shackelton, Executive Partner at Abingworth
  • BioDesign, Monday Evening, March 4, 2013; Event: “From the Innovators Workbench;” Speakers: Ferolyn Powell and Fred St. Goar, Co-founders of Evalve
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, March 5, 2013; Topic: “Starting a Medical Device Company in Silicon Valley;” Speaker: Michael Allen, President and CEO, Vascular Designs
  • Prescience International, Tuesday Late Afternoon, March 5, 2013; Topic: “Startups Getting the Word Out: Cost Effective PR for Entrepreneurs;” Speaker: Wade Roush, Chief Correspondent & San Francisco Editor, Xconomy; Panelists: Ron Leuty, Reporter, San Francisco Business Times, Jenya Meydbray, Co-founder and CEO, PV Evolution Labs, Kirsten Maynard, Maynard PR, Diane Heditsian, Chief Executive and Creative Officer, deClarity bioCommunications
  • Medtech Frontiers, Thursday Evening, March 7, 2013; Topic: “Why are non-invasive optical measurements through skin so bloody complicated?” Speaker: Bob Messerschmidt
  • CABS, Thursday Evening, March 7, 2013; Event: “Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine Technologies – Challenges and Opportunities;” Speaker – Bonfiglio is the Founder & Managing Partner of Proteus, LLC
  • Real Endpoints Symposium, Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12, 2013; Topic: “Disruptors: Revolutionizing Drug/Dx Reimbursement;” Speakers: Lewis Sandy, MD, SVP, Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth; Michael Sherman, MD, CMO, Harvard Pilgrim; Carolyn Clancy, MD, Director, AHRQ; Robert Galvin, MD, CEO, Equity Healthcare; Rob Epstein, MD, former CMO, Medco and president, Medco Research; Jeff Berkowitz, SVP, Pharmaceutical Development and Market Access, Walgreen Co.; William Shrank, MD; Director, Rapid Cycle Innovation, CMS; Ira Klein, MD; Chief of Staff to CMO, Aetna; Annalisa Jenkins, MD; EVP, Head of Global Development, Merck Serono; Jack Bailey, SVP, Policy, Payers & Vaccines, GlaxoSmithKline; Steve Wooding; VP, Head of Market Access, Janssen EMEA, J&J…And more!
  • French American Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday Evening, March 12, 2013; Topic: “Universities, an engine for entrepreneurship;” Speakers: Marta Gaia Zanchi PhD, Chief Executive Officer at RenovoRx, Mentor at Stanford StartX Med, Co-Director at Stanford “Biodesign for Mobile Health;” Alain Harrus PhD, Partner at Crosslink Capital; Zineb Laraki, VP External Relations at Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES); Dr Burton Lee PhD MBA, Lecturer in “European Entrepreneurship and Innovation” at Stanford Engineering School, Managing Director at Innovarium Ventures
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, March 12, 2013; Topic: “Technology for Pharmacist-Patient Collaboration Improves Adherence & Hospitalization Risk;” Speaker: David Parpart, Founder, and Sunit Gala, Ph.D. Impact Meds
  • Women in Bio, Tuesday Evening, March 12, 2013; Topic: “Pathway to Success—Be Smart Out Loud—Everywhere;” Speaker: Fran Zone
  • UCSC Extension and CACO, Clinical Trials Essentials: A One-Week Intensive Course, March 11-15, 2013; Event: “Clinical Trials Essentials: A One-Week Intensive Course”825. NATSC (3.5 CEU) 35.0 hours CA BRN/LVN Credit—Provider #CEP13114

Audreys picks March 3, 2013 which includes details for events through June and JobsThatCrossedMyDesk March 3, 2013 can be accessed by right clicking on highlighted titles. I’ll issue next Jobs listing in two weeks.

Don’t be surprised if we have a revisit of wintry weather this coming week but spring will return.



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