Competitiveness of the European biotechnology industry

07.12.2007

DG Enterprise and Industry Study

The purpose of this note is to present the state of competitiveness of the European biotechnology industry. Analysing competitiveness can be done in different ways and the approach depends on the kind of data that is available. This analysis has been made by using various sources of biotechnology statistics. However, standardised data sets from Eurostat are not available. The focus of the analysis is not on providing as much statistics as possible but on analysing the factors behind the concept “competitiveness”. The text also attempts to identify what obstacles may exist and the influence this has on the competitiveness of European biotechnology companies and research centres.