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Tackling the Biotech Talent Shortfall

10:13 AM MDT | April 3, 2009 | ALEX SCOTT

The chemical industry needs to expand its base of bio-scientists if it is to grow beyond a petroleum-feedstock base to that of sustainable bio-feedstocks, say industry executives focused on biotechnology. However, attracting such specialists to the industry, especially in the U.S., is a tough sell largely because the chemical industry has a poor environmental image and must compete for science specialists against other industries perceived as more “cutting edge” such as pharmaceuticals, they add. Jourquin: Industry’s image is a problem. Kircher...

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