Industry sees potential returns from biomedical research in Connecticut and Ohio

Research in the biomedical field is fueling job growth in the private and public sectors in Connecticut and Ohio, respectively.

In Ohio, officials from the Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing said they are looking to fill approximately 100 job openings which were moved to the Wright-Patterson base from other installations earlier this year.

Base leaders told the Dayton Daily News they need to hire civilian medical technologists and biomedical engineers to help research units at the base's medical school. The positions have an annual salary range of $80,000 to $120,000.

In Connecticut, the General Assembly is considering a bill that would provide $291 million in incentives to the Maine-based Jackson Laboratory to build a new facility in Farmington.

If the deal is approved, the biomedical research firm would build the new $1.1 billion lab, eventually employing more than 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Connecticut Health Center within the next ten years.

The new Farmington lab will be involved in researching genetic components of disease in order to develop new medical treatments and therapies based on the findings.