You are here

NY leads Boston in the standings — for biotech research employment

A biannual report released on Tuesday at the BIO convention finds that New York City has pulled ahead of Boston in the quest for bragging rights over which area employs the most biotechnology research workers.

The latest industry assessment report by national lobbying group Biotechnology Innovation Organization, with help from consulting firm TEConomy Partners, was released at the BIO International Convention, which is being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The report is released every two years by BIO, and compares all 50 states across various measures of the strength of the bioscience industry, with a particular emphasis on job creation.

Among the most eagerly anticipated rankings in the report — for Boston, anyway — is the metropolitan areas with the largest employment levels in research, testing and medical laboratories. Biotech research is typically the Boston area’s strong suit. In the last report in 2016, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy metropolitan statistical area topped the list with 37,339 employees as of 2014, the most recent year for which data was available. Meanwhile, the New York-Newark-Jersey City area came in a close second, with total employment of 36,073 in that category.

Read Complete Article