PhRMA, the organization that represents American pharmaceutical companies, has released a new report on how strengthening America’s standing in STEM is “critical to continued scientific and technological innovation.” The report is well worth reading and anyone interested in STEM should head over to to download a copy. (Full disclosure: the report was authored by Battelle’s Technology Practice division. While Battelle operates STEMx network through a venture called BattelleEd, the STEMx network was not directly involved in the creation of this report.)

Read on for a few key highlights from the report.

STEM’s in demand now, and in the future

It’s hard to miss the impact of the recession on even the STEM economy, but this chart shows just how fast the need for STEM-capable employees will continue to grow.

STEM jobs projection from PhRMA report v1

PhRMA members are supporting a wide range of programs

STEM activities from PhRMA reportWe believe bringing businesses into the conversation about advancing STEM education is essential. In fact, we require every new applicant to our network to show a link to a major business in their state. So we’re glad to see PhRMA’s members devoting time and resources to STEM. We’ve also seen that there isn’t one right answer when it comes to great STEM programs. So it’s great to see that these companies are supporting such a wide range of activities.

A familiar name
In fact, our very own STEMx network collaborator in Indiana, the I-STEM Resource Network, gets a shout-out in this report.

So head on over to PhRMA’s site for the full, free report.

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