The Tampa-based biotechnology company Xcelience announced plans to expand operations and hire another 45 employees.
That made the company eligible for $135,000 in tax refunds from the state of Florida.
Xcelience focuses on helping pharmaceutical companies take an individual molecule of a potential drug and formulate it into versions to use in clinical trials.
The company was founded in 1997 as Tricon, though it changed hands several times amid pharmaceutical mergers. Now, it has headquarters near the airport and employs 68 people.
This round of hiring could include second-level chemists and managers for drug formulation.
While the pay will vary widely, the average will be about $46,000, the company said.
For information on the jobs, see: www.xcelience.com/formulation-development-careers.