Released today at the 2012 BIO International Convention, a new Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Industry Development report signals significant job growth in the bioscience sector over the past decade, indicating the importance of the biosciences as an economic driver for the nation.

[The bioscience industry] has fared much better than the overall economy through the recent U.S. recession and into the first year of the recovery. When compared with other major knowledge economy industries, which are critical for advancing high quality jobs, the bioscience industry has led in job creation during the 2001 to 2010 period.

Ohio was among 22 states that added bioscience jobs from 2007—2010, covering the recession years and first year of the economic recovery. According to the report, four of the state’s five major subsectors have added jobs overall since 2001 including: research, testing, and medical labs (up 40% since 2001); drugs and pharmaceuticals (up 21%); bioscience-related distribution (up 5%); and agricultural feedstock and chemicals (up 4%). See the full report here.

BioOhio’s 2012 Ohio Bioscience Growth Report, which employs a methodology similar to the BIO/Battelle report, will be released next month.