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Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Managing in the Life Sciences Industry

Indiana University offers new life sciences certificate program

Aug. 24, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A new Indiana University life sciences certificate program, created with the help of key players in the state's life sciences industry, will help students and area professionals improve their management skills in this vital industry.

Effective management is important for local life sciences employers, including Cook Group Inc., Baxter Pharmaceutical Solutions, Boston Scientific and smaller manufacturers, research institutions and clinics. The certificate program, developed with input from Baxter and Cook, covers such topics as project management, regulatory affairs, organizational development, and teamwork and communications.

The first course, "Introduction to the Life Sciences Industry," will be offered in September and taught by Steve Bryant, director of the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership. Applications for the complete certificate program will be accepted after the introductory class is completed. The remaining four classes will be taught in the spring semester for those admitted to the program. In the first course, which costs $99 and will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings Sept. 19-28, will allow participants to discover the key organizations in this industry and learn about their products and markets. They will also learn about career opportunities in the life sciences industry and the skills they will need to get a job in this sector.

The future of the region's economy is rooted in the life sciences industry. Data from a variety of sources is compelling:

  • The Bloomington region has more than 25,000 employees in healthcare delivery and more than 5,000 in medical manufacturing.
  • Indiana gained jobs in the life sciences at more than twice the rate of the nation from 2001 to 2003.
  • Indiana has the fifth-largest pharmaceutical industry in the country in terms of total sales, shipments, receipts and revenues.

For more information, contact Jim Shea, 812-855-1137 and To enroll, call 812-855-7801 or visit and click on Lifelong Learning.