Living in San Diego, we may not always recognize the extraordinary strength of our local science and technology community. If asked, most of us know that the region hosts numerous colleges and universities that are among the top in the nation. Less widely appreciated is that this academic strength is fertile ground to seed research and development in many areas of science and technology. The San Diego economy is based not only on tourism and defense, but also on the biomedical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, communication, and software industries.
San Diego’s strength in science and technology is of course good news, but it also comes with a responsibility to face three significant and related challenges.