Research

Since 2000, America’s biopharmaceutical companies invested more than $550 billion in developing innovative new medicines to treat and cure diseases ranging from cancer and diabetes to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Our growing understanding of human disease gives us the most promising platform ever to discover and develop medicines that treat disease in new ways. Today, more than 5,000 medicines are in development globally, all of which have the potential to help patients in the United States and around the world.

We’ve come a long way but much remains to be done. Our more than 810,000 direct sector employees are committed to achieving critical breakthroughs to keep people healthy, reduce health care costs and improve millions of lives. In 2011, the industry also supported another 2.5 million jobs outside the biopharmaceutical sector, for a total of about 3.4 million jobs.

Every day we strive to:

The next major medical discovery is within our collective reach. Helping patients live healthy and productive lives is at the core of everything we do.