According to a new report, bioscience university research in Michigan has been steadily rising in recent years and reached nearly $827 million in 2019. The finding comes, in part, from federal sources, including the National Institutes of Health.
At the same time, venture capital investments in state bioscience firms have increased in recent years, and for the 2016-19 period totaled nearly $558 million.
In addition, Michigan’s medical device sector has grown steadily over the last two years, with a 4 percent increase in employment and 13 percent boost in establishments. The growth makes Michigan the 10th largest nationally based on an independent review of all state-specific profiles.
The data comes from the ninth biennial report by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), called The Bioscience Economy: Propelling Life-Saving Treatments, Supporting State & Local Communities, which highlights Michigan as a top state for the biosciences.
The latest analysis, developed in partnership by TEConomy Partners and BIO, assesses the bioscience industry’s economic footprint across the nation and state-by-state, and the significant role of research innovation and new company commercialization.
For Michigan, the five bioscience sectors studied are agricultural feedstock and industrial bioscience, bioscience-related distribution, drugs and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and equipment, and research, testing, and medical laboratories.
According to the report, Michigan “is 6 percent more concentrated in its employment in medical device and equipment manufacturing compared with the national average (i.e., location quotient is 1.06).”
The biopharma sector, 11th in size nationally by employment, continues to rebound, with 4.7 percent growth in jobs and 6.4 percent increase in establishments. Together with medtech, the two sectors account for 53 percent of the statewide bio-industry workforce.
The report studies the state of the U.S. bioscience industry and its associated innovation ecosystem at the national, state, and metropolitan area levels. It noted that in Michigan, “the industry added jobs within four of its five major subsectors” over the last two-year period.
Other key funding metrics, such as R&D expenditures, venture capital investment, and bioscience related patents are slowly improving in Michigan. The report noted that “the state is among the top tier in university bioscience-related R&D activities with more than $1.5 billion in expenditures in 2018.
“Michigan’s bioscience industry continues to be a national leader in job creation, research collaborations with the state’s universities, and supportive public policy leaders that reaches into so many local communities across the state. From capital investments to R&D, our industry is critical to the health of our nation, and we are proud to work closely with MichBio to help ensure the growth of the industry in Michigan and its role as an economic driver in the state,” says Peter M. Pellerito, senior policy adviser for federal and state economic development and technology transfer initiatives at BIO.
“The biennial TEConomy/BIO report is an important and detailed analysis that validates the strength of the biosciences industry, both nationally and regionally,” says Stephen Rapundalo, president and CEO of the Michigan Biosciences Industry Association (MichBio), a BIO state partner association.
“It demonstrates that Michigan’s bio-industry is thriving and remains in the top 15 nationally by size. I’m certain that Michigan’s strengths in basic research and early-stage company innovation, along with the manufacturing competencies of our mid-sized and multi-national companies will continue to grow the bio-industry, create more high-paying, knowledge-based jobs and expand its already sizeable impact on Michigan’s economy and the welfare of its citizens.”
BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.
BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative health care, agricultural, industrial, and environmental biotechnology products.