EuropaBio Healthcare Manifesto 2011 - 2012
How biotech can meet the needs of patients and their families.
Healthcare biotechnology refers to a medicinal or diagnostic product or a vaccine that consists of, or has been produced by the use of, living organisms. Often recombinant DNA (a form of DNA that does not exist naturally and which combines DNA sequences that would not normally occur together in order to establish new functions) forms the basis for such biotechnologically manufactured products.
Healthcare biotechnology has a tremendous impact on meeting the needs of patients and their families – it not only encompasses medicines and diagnostics that are manufactured using a biotechnological process, but also gene and cell therapies and tissue engineered products.
Today, the majority of innovative medicines, whether manufactured using biotechnology or via a chemical synthesis like a traditional small molecule medicine, and many diagnostic products, are made available by applying modern biotechnology in their development and/or manufacturing processes.