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Life science industry association MichBio put out a call today for Michigan companies to submit information on current or expected job openings, with the intent of serving as a clearinghouse for Pfizer employees seeking to remain in the State.
A call for action to retain Michigan’s bio-talent is vital in response to Monday’s announcement that Pfizer will close all human health R&D operations in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo. MichBio is working with Pfizer, the Governor, other state and local officials and agencies, as well as our members to provide leadership and assistance in this effort. We hope we can count on your support as well.
An article in the Detroit News notes that Pfizer is only a fraction of southeast Michigan’s life sciences sector, which employed 34,510 people in 2004. The News cites opinions both locally and nationally that Pfizer’s exit may not overly diminish Michigan’s life science industry:
Michigan’s strategy to encourage departing Pfizer workers to become entrepreneurs is a sound one, [Kelly Gillespie, executive director of the Missouri Biotechnology Association] said.
An article in today’s Ann Arbor News catalogs the experience of other communities in dealing with Pfizer departures, and discusses the future of Ann Arbor’s facility.
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