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Switzerland Posts Biotech Gains in 2009


Employment hits 19,071, a 6% Increase over 2008; Turnover up 7% to CHF 9.3 billion According to the latest issue of the Swiss Biotech Report, despite a  less than favorable global economic environment, the Swiss biotechnology industry performed rather well in 2009. The report notes that while the financing environment was challenging, Swiss companies were able to raise CHF 370 million in new capital. Also, as the number of patents filed per million of population, represents an interesting measure of a country’s capacity for innovation, the World Patent Index reports that for Switzerland the number of biotech patents registered under this criterion is about 250.  This compares extremelly favorably with the US (70), Japan (65), Germany (45), and Great Britain (40).  Further information at

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