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Life Scientists Keep Georgia on Their Minds

Image: Courtesy of Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism NO SMALL PEANUTS: The state houses 500 bioscience companies that employ 13,000 workers. Anne Whalen, a molecular biologist, had no job when she and her husband relocated to Georgia three years ago from Jackson Hole, Wyo., so he could take a position at an Atlanta-area biotechnology company. She figured it would take her a while to land a life science job as well, but the market surprised her. "I didn't expect to find as

Ted Agres
Image: Courtesy of Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism
 NO SMALL PEANUTS: The state houses 500 bioscience companies that employ 13,000 workers.

Anne Whalen, a molecular biologist, had no job when she and her husband relocated to Georgia three years ago from Jackson Hole, Wyo., so he could take a position at an Atlanta-area biotechnology company. She figured it would take her a while to land a life science job as well, but the market surprised her. "I didn't expect to find as much as I did coming here," she says. "There were a lot of choices and places of interest for my skills."

Whalen found a research position at Emory University. But Atlanta's notorious traffic jams gave her a daily two- to three-hour commute from Alpharetta. So when AtheroGenics, a biotech spinoff from Emory, offered a job in her community, she took it. As a principal scientist,...

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