Indicator biotechnology

Research investment in biotechnology

Biotechnology is a science that studies the technological applications of enzymes, cells and organisms. Biotechnological processes are applied in various areas, the best known of which are in medicine, pharmacy, industry and agriculture. Investments in biotechnological research reflect the attractiveness of Switzerland as a location for research, as well as the number of genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms used.

Assessment of the state
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Assessment of the trend
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Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2016: 1677 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2015: 1586 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2014: 1453 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2013: 1351 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2012: 1297 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2011: 2068 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2010: 2067 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2009: 2199 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2008: 2070 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2007: 1755 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2006: 1600 Ausgaben der privaten Unternehmen in die Genforschung * 2005: 1533
* 2005–2006: Swiss Biotech Report 2008; 2007–2009: SBR 2010; 2010–2011: SBR 2012; 2012–2014: SBR 2015; 2015-2016: SBR 2017

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: Ernst & Young: Swiss Biotech Reports SBR
Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2016: 161.687926 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2015: 153.076551 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2014: 163.677285 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2013: 138.071787 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2012: 140.557387 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2011: 142.458103 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2010: 128.020261 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2009: 110.29607 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2008: 85.76262166 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2007: 63.115065 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2006: 43.879746 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2005: 64.380994 Investitionen öffentlicher Gelder in die Genforschung 2004: 40.785845

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: Swiss Academy of Sciences
Comment

The amount spent by private companies in genetic research are steadily increasing. In 2016 they amounted to 1.67 billion francs. The substantial decrease in 2012 is due to the closure of the Merck Serono site in Geneva.

As regards public investments, a strong increase can be observed over the last decade, with sums rising from CHF 30 million in 2004 to over CHF 160 million in 2016.

Growth is generally considered to be desirable as it reflects the attractiveness of Switzerland as a location for research. Nevertheless, such a progression goes hand in hand with a growing use of genetically modified, pathogenic or alien organisms, and thus an increased risk of these organisms being released into the environment. However, as this risk has been held in check by security measures, we will not evaluate the current state or the development of this indicator.

Method

Data on spending in biotechnology are based on figures published by companies, as well as estimates made by a working group comprising representatives of the Confederation and industry.

Data on public spending in genetic research show the total invested by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Research Initiative in Systems Biology (SystemsX).

 
Last updated on: 13.11.2018

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