Recently, we obtained results from an independent survey of industry professionals who belong to some of the professional organizations and attend the large industry trade shows. The survey, conducted in July, was sent out to 34,247 people, 353 of which completed the entire survey. The following results reflect their responses.
On average, your companies earn revenues of $10 billion a year and spend $196 million on R&D. Thirty-six percent of you report that your companies are planning to expand and/or build new facilities in the coming year, and 48% of those say that expansions are planned in the United States; 19% say Western Europe, 8% say China; and 3% say India. Forty-three percent of respondents report that their company plans to sell products into the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries, and 35% say their companies plan to source materials from BRIC countries.
Of the 73% of you that are interested in receiving additional professional training, 37% are interested in learning more about topics related to quality assurance and control. Approximately the same percentage of respondents want to learn more about regulatory affairs. Thirty-four percent are interested in validation, and the same percentage want to increase their knowledge of process development.
This particular survey did not ask about your sex, but anyone who's attended a conference or trade show in this industry knows that it's overwhelmingly male. Other surveys indicate that about 75–80% of bio/pharmaceutical industry employees are male.
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Michelle Hoffman is editor-in-chief of Pharmaceutical Technology. Send your thoughts and story ideas to [email protected]