In this joint op-ed by Vertex CEO Jeffrey Leiden and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, the two call for a focus on STEM education. With its highly educated workforce, vital venture capital community, top-notch hospitals and academic research institutes, and a strong public-private partnership, Greater Boston has made itself the biotech place to be.

No wonder, then, that in the last decade Massachusetts biopharma employment grew by 28 percent to more than 66,000 jobs.

But with this success comes additional challenges.

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