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PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 19-October-2015

Science / Science Careers' survey ranks top biotech, pharma, and biopharma employers

The Science and Science Careers' 2015 annual Top Employers Survey polled employees in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and related industries to determine the 20 best employers in these industries as well as their driving characteristics. Respondents to the Web-based survey were asked to rate companies based on 23 characteristics, including financial strength, easy adaptation to change, and a research-driven environment.

This year, Novozymes of Bagsvaerd, Denmark receives the top honor in a ranking of the world's most respected biopharmaceutical employers. The rankings, determined from a study conducted by an independent research firm commissioned by the Science/AAAS Office of Publishing, Marketing & Sales, will appear in the 30 October 2015 print issue of Science and online at ScienceCareers.org.

Like Science and Science Careers' 2014 ranking of biopharma employers, the 2015 survey sought to identify the companies with the best reputations as employers, based on 5,701 survey responses from readers of Science and other survey invitees. Survey participants came from North America (57%), Europe (27%), and Asia/Pacific Rim (11%); 92% work in biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and pharmaceutical companies.

Survey responses were analyzed by The Brighton Consulting Group, which used a mathematical process to assign a unique score to rate each company's employer reputation. Each company received a ranking, for example, on the basis of whether it treats its employees with respect, whether its work-culture values align with employees' personal values, and other factors.

For the complete feature along with individual company rankings, go to www.sciencecareers.org/TopEmployers2015.

The article will be posted at this URL address the afternoon of Thursday, 29 October 2015.

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