Biotech R&D employment in the Basque Autonomous Community rises in 2012, although spending falls 0.3%

Friday, December 13th, 2013


Internal R&D spending in biotechnology-related activities amounted to 85.6 million euros in the Basque Autonomous Community in 2012, according to data compiled by Eustat. This internal spending in biotechnology fell 0.3% compared to the amount for 2011 and accounts for 6.2% of total internal expenditure on R&D, making it 0.1% lower than in the previous year (6.3%).


Personnel employed rose to 1,613 people, which in full-time equivalent (FTE) means 1,082 people, after growing 4.7% compared to the previous year, and representing 5.8% of total staff dedicated to R&D. The presence of women in this field stands out, with 61.2% of the total number of persons who work full-time in biotechnology. Research staff, on its part, consists of 810 people, after increasing 7.6% compared to the 753 involved in 2011.


A total of 90 entities conducted biotechnology research activities in 2012. Of these, research was the primary or exclusive activity of 58, who devote more than half of their internal R&D spending to biotechnology. Moreover, 76 belong to the corporate sector.


Like in previous years, the corporate sector accounts for the highest percentage of total internal expenditure on R&D activities in biotechnology (58.1%), although this proportion is lower than it was in 2011 (60.8%).


The other sectors, higher education (36.4%) and public administration (5.5%), accounted for the remaining 41.9% of expenditure for 2012, slightly higher than the 2011 figure of 39.2%.


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