Room to Grow

The life science industry employs some 281,000 people in California, and a report from the Biocom Institute and California Life Sciences Institute released this week says that further growth in the sector is expected. The report also notes that interest in big data and personalized medicine are increasing the demand for people skilled in collecting, managing, analyzing, and interpreting large datasets.

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