Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 13, 2015

Shifts in U.S. Life Science Sector Employment–California vs. Nation

Shifts in Life Science Employment Opportunities in California vs. Nation

I am researching the life science ecosystem for insights and trends associated with the dynamic changes in workforce distribution across the various life science sectors nationally and state wide. I was pleased to learn that biopharmaceutical and medical device jobs in California had increased by 4% between 2009-2013 while there was a decrease in pharma nationally. California had 119,795 employees in that category in 2013 with the next largest state New Jersey with only 41,089. Latter state had loss of 8,371 jobs (17%) while California gained 5,015 (4%). This came from California Biomedical Industry Report 2015. See at

At the national level drugs and pharmaceuticals lost 10.9% positions from 2007-2012 while research, testing and medical laboratories increased 9.7% on much higher base of employees. Medical devices and equipment showed modest increase of 1.4% in the same period. See further details in report from Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014

I will be giving presentation on my take on dynamic changes in the industry and impact on workforce and careers on Tuesday morning starting at 8:30 am at the Bio2Device Group meeting at the Sunnyvale City Council Chambers in Sunnyvale. See details on my list of upcoming events. This is a free program and no registration is required.

Highlights of Events This Coming Week

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Sept. 15, 2015, Topic: “How Early-Stage and Growth Companies Can Protect their Intellectual Property;” Speakers: Seth Northrop, Principal & Technology Attorney, Robins Kaplan LLP, and Li Zhu, technology attorney and registered patent agen, Robins Kaplan LLP
  • San Francisco WIB, Tuesday Evening, Sept. 15, 2015; Topic: “Tapping into the Modern Financial Landscape in Biotech;” Panelists: Lindy Fishburne, Una Ryan, Phyllis Whiteley,Nancy Stagliano
  • ACRP, Thursday Evening, Sept. 17, 2015; REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!! South Bay Educational Event; Topic: “eConsents – The Why, How & Watch-outs;” Speaker: Timothy J. Kelly, MS, MBS, Director, Standard Register Healthcare
  • Sharevault, Thursday Morning, Sept. 17, 2015; Free Webinar: M&A Negotiations: Are You As Good As You Could Be?” Speaker: Brian Moriarty, Provider of Outsourced Corporate Development Services
  • PBSS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015; Topic of Workshop: “Conducting a Successful End-of-Phase2 Meeting with the FDA: Overview, Strategies, and Perspectives from the FDA and Industry;” Speakers: Azin Shahzamani, Yaning Wang, Mike Eldon, Terry Sweeney, Ramani Raghavan, Detlef Albrecht
  • CABS, Saturday Afternoon, Sept. 19, 2015; Event: “CABS Science and Technology Workshop: New Frontiers in Peripheral Monitoring”

You can download details for the above events in a complete list of upcoming events by right clicking on Audreys Picks September 13, 2015.

Note that I am not able to send my blog and lists directly to you as I did for over 10 years. You can access them by reading my weekly blog and downloading my lists at You can also access via my website at


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