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California Edges Out Massachusetts as Top Spot for Biotech R&D Jobs

California claimed the top spot for biotech R&D jobs, a title held by Massachusetts for more than a decade. According to research by the trade group MassBio, biotech research and development jobs in the Golden State rose to more than 39,000 last year, which was 3,300 more workers than in Massachusetts.

Both states’ friendly rivalry over biotech industry dominance underlies the strength, growth and role each play in the overall job sector growth. MassBio notes the sheer size of California’s population may have helped drive its growth edge.

South San Francisco-based trade group California Life Sciences Association notes its upcoming November report is expected to show that California is continuing to outpace other states’ life science-related economic growth.

MassBio’s report shows that California experienced a 15% increase in R&D workers from 2016 to 2017, as it slowly chipped away at the East Coast rival’s lead over the past decade. Meanwhile, biotech R&D jobs in Massachusetts grew 4% between 2016 and 2017. Since 2008, California R&D job numbers grew 84%.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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