Why not in Indiana?

Colliver (2016), reported “Students at South San Francisco high schools will get real-life lab experience right on their own campus next year at Science Garage, a fully functioning biotechnology laboratory complete with centrifuges, thermal cyclers, gel electrophoresis machines and other equipment funded by Genentech Inc.”

Is there a similar project in Indiana?  IF not why not?  There are a significant number of life science companies (both Medical Device, and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers) in Indiana.  In a previous post, we had shared a few fun facts concerning the impact of Indiana’s Medical Device Industry, from the 2015 IMDMC meeting.  Did you know…

  • There are over 20,000 employeesworking in 300 medical device companies in Indiana*
  • These 20,000 Medical Device jobs helped to create an additional 28,800 jobs in the supply chain, almost 50,000 jobs!***
  • The average wage in Indiana’s Medical Device Industry is $69,068*
  • The total payroll for Indiana’s Medical Device companies in 2010 was over $1B dollars***
  • In 2010, total Indiana medical device sales were $7B**
  • Indiana is 7thin the nation for medical device employment***
  • The total economic output generated by Indiana Medical Device Industry is $10Bdollars!***

Think of the possibilities of an academic, industry, government partnership dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, skills, and abilities of high school students.  What might happen if an additional 5 or 10% of these students went on to choose a STEM based career?


Colliver, V. (2016, August 30). Science Garage to help South San Francisco students learn biotech. Retrieved August 31, 2016, from http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Science-Garage-to-help-South-San-Francisco-9193219.php

* Re-Examining the Need for Innovation Capital to Advance Life Science in Indiana prepared for BioCrossroads by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, Oct 2014
** State Economic Impact of the Medical technology Industry, prepared for AvaMed by the Lewin Group, Inc. June 2010
***From Hearts to Hips, Indiana’s Leadership in Medical Devices, BioCrossroads, 2012