Dedicated biotechnology companies by country and application 2014

This statistic shows the share of dedicated biotechnology companies in selected countries for 2014 (or latest year available), by application. In that year, some 55.6 percent of dedicated biotechnology companies in Italy were active in the health sector.

Percentage of dedicated biotech companies in selected countries in 2014, by application*

HealthAgricultureFood and beveragesNatural resourcesEnvironmentIndustrial processingBioinformaticsOther
New Zealand 29.9%18.4%19.5%-5.7%17.2%5.7%3.4%
Mexico 32.6%12.1%19.1%-23.6%12.6%-0%
Korea 33%2.9%20.2%0%7.8%7.5%5.2%23.4%
Portugal 33.1%17.4%14.9%2.5%2.5%11.6%7.4%10.7%
Poland 34.8%2.9%-8.7%20.3%18.8%4.4%10.1%
Slovenia 42.2%21.9%--25.8%10.1%--
Belgium 49.7%12.7%9.6%0%8.3%17.2%0%2.6%
Germany 49.7%3.2%0%1%2.8%6.3%5.1%31.9%
Estonia 52%4%4%4%0%16%12%8%
Austria 66.4%1.7%0%0%0%8.6%2.6%20.7%
United Kingdom 83.9%0.5%2.1%-1.3%7.8%4.1%0%
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Release date

November 2017


Worldwide, OECD

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Or latest year available.
For Austria, "Other" includes the second largest category where 17.9% is ‘non-specific applications’. This includes all companies providing services exclusively or mainly for other biotechnology firms, which are active for these as suppliers. For example firms specialised in contract research and manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, fall into this category as well as pure contract manufacturers of biological molecules without in-house development activities.
For Israel, "Other includes "Bioinformatics".
For Italy, results are by primary application.
For Korea, "Agriculture" includes "Natural resources".
For Mexico, "Health" includes aquaculture and animal health.
For Poland, results are by primary application. "Industrial processing" includes "Food and beverages".
For Slovenia, "Industrial biotechnology" instead of "Industrial processing".
For United Kingdom, information is not available on the number of non-biotechnology firms e.g. manufacturers of chemicals, which use biotechnology in industrial processing. Information on agricultural biotechnology may underestimate the number of companies.

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