Even as Arizona struggled to deal with the impact of a deep national recession, its bioscience industry experienced rapid job growth — nearly 22 percent between 2007 an 2012 — according to a report by Batelle. In the same period nationally, the segment grew by nearly 10 percent.
State bioscience firms employed 23,545 in nearly 1,300 establishments in 2012. Included in this sector were agricultural feedstock and chemicals; bioscience-related distribution; drugs and pharmaceuticals; medical devices and equipment; and research, testing and medical laboratories.
Arizona academic institutions accounted for $409 million in bioscience-related R&D expenditures in 2012 while National Institutes of Health funding to these and other non-academic institutions equaled $182 million in 2013. In addition, inventors here have had more than 1,400 patents issued in bioscience-related classes since 2009. For more Arizona details in the report, go to bio.org/sites/default/files/SP_Arizona_0.pdf.