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Smart Talk: PA is one of nation's leaders in biotech industry (encore)

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jan 19, 2016 10:06 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, January 19 2016:

The life sciences industry has become an innovative and economic engine in Pennsylvania.  The industry itself says "Modern biotechnology provides breakthrough products and technologies to combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes."

In Pennsylvania, that means the production of medical devices and equipment, drugs and pharmaceuticals and research and testing.

The life sciences industries has a $40 billion impact on Pennsylvania.  More than 79,000 people are employed in the industries and they earn an average salary of more than $90,000 a year.

It's not just the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh universities and medical facilities that are on the forefront of the biotech industries -- Central Pennsylvania is home to several nationally ranked facilities.

We'll learn more about the biotech or life sciences industries on Thursday's Smart Talk. 

Our guests include Fritz Bittenbender, Executive President, Public Affairs with the Biotechnology Industry Organization and Sheri Collins, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Technology and Innovation with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.


Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins and Fritz Bittenbender

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