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2022 BIO Report Ranks Utah in the Top Eight States for Bioscience Specialization

December 15, 2022

The 2022 TEConomy/BIO report, The US Bioscience Industry: Fostering Innovation and Driving America’s Economy Forward, examines the bioscience industry’s impact on the national economy and provides state specific data, with Utah and its major metropolitan areas ranking high in specialized employment concentration in three major subsectors – medical device manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, research, testing and medical laboratories and a top 10 state for per capita VC investment.  

Salt Lake City – December 16, 2022. BioUtah, Utah’s only trade association dedicated solely to the life sciences, announced today new economic data released by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Council of State Bioscience Associations on the bioscience industry in the United States, including a Utah specific fact sheet along with information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

View the full report HERE. View the Utah fact sheet HERE

The 2022 report, The US Bioscience Industry: Fostering Innovation and Driving America’s Economy Forward, marks the tenth biennial assessment developed in partnership with BIO and TEConomy Partners. The study, focused on the bioscience industry’s national footprint and latest trends for the states and metropolitan areas, finds an industry thriving amidst the economic and public health challenges of the last two and a half years. 

National highlights:

  • The nation’s bioscience industry employed 2.14 million employees across more than 127,000 U.S. business establishments in 2021.  These 2.14 million jobs support another 8.2 million through indirect and induced effects.  
  • As the overall economy shed 1.5% of its job base, the biosciences industry increased employment by 11% since 2018.
  • In total, the bioscience industry’s economic impact on the U.S. economy amounted to $2.9 trillion dollars in 2021, as measured by overall output.

The report’s state-by-state review demonstrates that Utah’s bioscience industry is highly specialized in its concentration, diverse in its strengths and is growing. 

“As the report shows, since 2018, Utah’s bioscience sector has seen solid increases in employment, venture capital funding, academic R&D and NIH awards,” said Andrea Kendell, chief financial officer North America and VP Finance Global Manufacturing at bioMerieux, and Chair of the BioUtah Board of Directors. “BioUtah, working with industry, government and other stakeholders, is committed to supporting this progress and advancing the culture of innovation we’ve built here.”

Utah highlights:

  • Utah is one of only three states that has a specialized employment concentration in three or more bioscience subsectors – medical devices and equipment; pharmaceuticals; and research, testing and medical laboratories.
  • Of the nation’s metropolitan areas, Utah cities – Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo have an especially high concentration of bioscience industry strengths, including medical device manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and laboratory operations. 
  • Utah’s bioscience industry employment is one of the most highly concentrated in the nation, with a location quotient of 1.74, or 74 percent above the national average. 
  • In the Medical Device Sector, Utah ranked 5th in employment growth among all states.   Utah’s metropolitan areas ranked high in employment specialization.  Location quotient shows how the area compared to national averages with the national average being 1.00.  
      • Salt Lake City Metro Area ranked 2nd in large metro areas with a location quotient of 5.22 or 522% above the national average.  It also ranked 7th in total jobs in the medical sector.  
      • Ogden-Clearfield ranked 5th in medium sized metro areas with a location quotient of 2.60, or 260% above the national average.
      • Logan ranked 7th in small metro areas with a location quotient of 4.45,or 445% above the national average.  
  • In 2021, this report showed the industry provided 40,419 total direct industry jobs with 1,845 business establishments. With a force multiplier of 4.82, the life sciences industry in Utah accounts directly and indirectly for approximately 195,000 jobs according to the Teconomy report.  
  • Venture capital investments in Utah bioscience companies have increased significantly in recent years and in 2021 totaled nearly $900 million, up from $181.7 million in 2018 ranking Utah 8th in per capita VC investments from 2018-2021.  
  • Utah generated nearly 1,900 biosciences related patents from 2018-2021.

“Clearly, Utah’s bioscience industry is continuing its growth trajectory as one of the fastest growing life sciences communities in the country,” said Kelvyn Cullimore, president and CEO of BioUtah. “Our bio community is creating jobs, attracting increased investment and driving life-changing innovation.”

About BioUtah and BioHive

BioUtah is an independent 501(c)(6) trade association serving Utah’s life sciences industry. Its member companies reflect a broad spectrum of the industry with strengths in medical device manufacturing and services, research and testing, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, advanced diagnostics, and healthIT, amongst others; and are a key driver of Utah’s economy and life-saving treatments and cures for patients. BioHive is a chartered organization of BioUtah. Its mission is to brand, build and bring together Utah’s life sciences and healthcare innovation community.

Learn More About BIO

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 healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. View the BIO Press Release HERE. 

Learn More About TEConomy

TEConomy Partners, LLC is a global leader in research, analysis and strategy for innovation-driven economic development. They’re helping nations, states, regions, universities and industries blueprint their future and translate knowledge into prosperity.