BATTELLE-West Virginia Profile

Battelle/BIO State Biosciences Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 – West Virginia

West Virginia’s bioscience industry is seeing positive growth!  According to the “Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 Report” released June 24, 2014 by Battelle and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), West Virginia’s bioscience industry grew 6.9 percent since 2007.  Additionally, the industry employed nearly 6,400 workers in 2012 across 343 business establishments. 

Some other key findings include:

  • Drugs and pharmaceuticals, the state’s largest and most specialized industry subsector, helped drive these overall gains with 73 percent job growth since 2007.

  • Employment in drugs and pharmaceuticals in West Virginia is considered to be specialized and is 98 percent more concentrated in the state economy relative to the national average.

  • Annual wages for state bioscience workers are nearly $70,000, on average, and are 78 percent more than the overall private sector average.

  • State patenting in the biosciences totaled 143 patents issued from 2009 through 2013 with a focus in surgical and medical instruments and in drugs and pharmaceuticals.