Workers see opportunity in 'one of the world's fastest-growing markets'By Terri Somers
December 16, 2007
If you think your commute is tough, perhaps you'll have empathy for a growing number of San Diego biotech workers who are splitting their time between Sorrento Valley and Beijing or Shanghai.
Just don't feel too sorry for those trans-Pacific commuters.
They subject themselves to 12-hour-plus flights for a reason: an opportunity to tap into the burgeoning biotechnology industry in China.
Some are working as consultants, using connections from China and the United States to bring together businesses on both sides of the Pacific. Others are overseeing scientific work that has been outsourced to take advantage of labor costs that are 60 percent to 65 percent lower.