Sure, California has 274,000 research and biotech jobs, is first in patents (23,000 in 2009) and generally recognized as the innovation leader. But with no economic development or workforce training vision and eroding education funding, the state’s biotech lead is crumbling.
Alas, California’s saving grace may come from its own offspring — or at least that’s the vision of folks like Regis Kelly, director of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, or QB3, and others.
QB3, which was started by former Gov. Gray Davis and celebrated its 10th year with a symposium Wednesday night, could pool its expertise with its sibling UC institutes to become a sort of nonpartisan think tank that could advise new Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on possible economic development policies.