BOSTON — The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council must promote greater collaboration between the state's life-sciences businesses and academic institutions if the Bay State's life-sciences sector is to remain a top-tier biocluster through 2015, a consultant has concluded.

The report, from Deloitte Consulting, said the Council must also help life-sci businesses find capital, equipment discounts, legal advice, trained workers, and clout with state and federal officials.

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