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New Jersey’s Life Sciences Talent Network (LSTN) builds partnerships in the life sciences industry to develop and support life sciences in the Garden State and formulate strategies for competing at the regional, national, and global levels.


The Life Sciences Talent Network, led by Rutgers University, connects with businesses, educational institutions, workforce organizations, training groups, and community and faith-based organizations to gather ground-level intelligence on the industry to make informed decisions on high-quality public workforce investments and expand the number of New Jersey residents with industry-valued credentials or degrees.

Quick Facts

  • Life sciences averaged 117,260 or 3.5 percent of all private sector workers in the state for 2016. Nationally, the proportion was just 1.9 percent. 
  • The industry paid over $16.5 billion in 2016 annual payrolls, which is 7.8 percent of the state’s total wages. 
  • Establishments totaled over 3,200 in 2016. Over a five-year period (2011‐2016), New Jersey’s drug and pharmaceutical component still grew by 10.5 percent.