Study finds clinical research boosting Indiana's economy

A new study has found that clinical trials are helping to create more research jobs in Indiana, which in turn is a big boost to the state's economy.

According to the report "Research in Your Backyard: Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in Indiana," biopharmaceutical research companies have conducted 3,266 clinical trials of new medicines in the state since 2000. The study also found that major research institutions in Indiana are currently holding trials, including the Cancer Care Center in New Albany, Indiana University School of Medicine and Premier Healthcare in Bloomington.

"Indiana's life sciences industry has tremendous potential for growth," Governor Mike Pence said in a news release. "We are actively working to expand the partnership among life sciences and biopharmaceutical companies and our state's universities and hospitals to grow the economy, to attract and retain talent, and to address the critical health issues we face today."

Meanwhile, officials at North Carolina-based Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) recently spoke about local job creation during a panel discussion in Wilmington. PPD said its biggest hiring need right now is for clinical researchers who have four-year degrees with an emphasis on pharmacy, plus at least three years of clinical experience.