Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Biotechnology plays an important role in scientific advancements that improve our quality of life. Biotechnicians help biological and medical scientists conduct tests and experiments to develop new treatments for diseases. They also help research genetically engineered crops that provide a greater yield and require less pesticide and fertilizer.

Building the Region’s Talent for Industry Growth

The bioscience and biotechnology industry is a diverse and rapidly growing sector that contributes significantly to national, state, and regional economies, including that of South Central Wisconsin. The industry is making its presence known in our region by offering higher wages and a bigger-value add to the economy.

Biotechnology contributes $27 billion in economic output each year[1]. There are over 1,600 biohealth companies in Madison that employ over 36,000 people. Wisconsin has one of the nation’s most diverse and fastest growing bioscience sectors and has some of the strongest international leadership and research capabilities in the world[2].

Employment of biotechnicians is expected to grow 5% between 2014 and 2024[3]. Although this is about as fast as the average for all occupations, efforts to discover new ways to keep our planet clean and new scientific advancements will continue to add jobs in the industry.

Our Work in Action

The WDBSCW parters with BioForward to build and attract new talent to the biotechnology industry. BioForward is a member-driven state association that acts as a voice of Wisconsin’s bioscience industry. It’s goal is to discover new innovative and collaborative ways to increase economic growth and bring life-saving treatments to people across the world.

[1] BioForward: Energizing Wisconsin’s Economy, 2015
[2] BioForward: Quality of Life
[3] Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Handbook