Atlanta’s higher education institutions develop the talent that feeds the local bioscience industry.
- Metro Atlanta ranks 7th among the largest U.S. metros in biological/biomedical science degrees awarded, total college enrollment and total degrees awarded.
- Atlanta is 2nd in growth in biological/biomedical science degrees granted.
- In academic year 2006 alone, Georgia graduated over 3,000 students in bioscience-related degree programs.
There are 57 colleges and universities in metro Atlanta which enroll over 220,000 students annually. The area has a strong bioscience and technology research base from which to grow new bioscience companies, thanks to unique public/private partnerships, including the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA).
Since 1990, GRA has helped recruit scores of world-renowned scientists, called Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholars®, and helped fuel the launch of more than 150 companies. GRA has also served as a key catalyst for two dozen centers of research excellence – university-based enterprises that serve as magnets for scientists and federal research dollars. In its first 19 years, GRA leveraged $525 million in state funding into $2.6 billion of additional federal and private investment.
Thanks in part to the efforts of GRA, metro Atlanta ranks 5th in the U.S. in university research spending with over $1 billion in expenditures.
- More than 60 Eminent Scholars recruited from around the world to the state by GRA to lead cutting-edge research efforts, with 44 devoted to biosciences.
- State-funded $400 million Georgia Cancer Coalition in 2001, spurring greater investment in cancer treatment and R&D.
- Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists (DCCS) program recruited 118 scholars between 2002 and 2008 and drew $200 million in federal and private funding.
- Innovative state-funded Work Ready program that trains and certifies workers for jobs in industry, including bioscience.
Metro Atlanta’s colleges continue to create programs addressing the future employment needs of the bioscience industry. In 2007, Gwinnett Technical College collaborated with Athens Technical College to form the Georgia Bioscience Technology Institute to train bioscience workers for bio-manufacturing.