By Kathleen Gallagher of the Journal Sentinel
Sept. 29, 2010 8:00 a.m.
While the rest of the state's economy was shrinking by more than 3%, Wisconsin's bioscience sector grew by nearly 3%.
It's a small sector that employs just 1.1% of all the workers in the state, but it also provides much higher-than-average earnings.
Those findings for the six years that ended in December 2009 will be released Wednesday at a networking event in Madison organized by BioForward, a trade group for Wisconsin's biotech industry.
Combined with data from the 2009 Battelle Report on Biosciences Education, which ranks Wisconsin among the eight best states for science and math education at the grade school and high school levels, the findings suggest an industry with substantial advantages that the state needs to act on, said Bryan Renk, BioForward's executive director.
"If you combine the job growth, the demographics on average salary, and the data on education, this is where we're going to combat the brain drain issue," Renk said.