Biotechnology is the defined as "the use of living organisms, biological processes or products. It provides process and product solutions for the pharmaceutical, agricultural, food, chemical processing, industrial and environmental markets" (SWRDA).
The biotechnology sector has a Gross Value Added (GVA) of £268 million and this represents 0.45% of total regional GVA and 2% for all the key SWRDA sectors. Employment in this sector is growing and is dominated by professional occupations with three quarters of employees with qualficiations at Level 3 or higher. The sector has three times the proportion of employees qualified to degree level (Stage of the Key Sectors, SWRDA, 2004).
Mapping of Skills Supply and Demand in the South West Biotechnology Sector (Feb 2002)
Good Practice Case Studies in the Biotechnology Sector (Mar 2002)
NVQ Progression Routes - Chapter on Biotechnology (SWRDA, Dec 2003)
South West Regional Development Agency Priority Sectors Working Paper 10 - Biotechnology (Nov 2000)
South West Regional Development Agency Priority Sectors Working Paper 10 - Biotechnology (Summary) (Nov 2000)
South West RDA SDF Projects on Biotechnology
BioApproaches South West
BioApproaches South West has been launched to support the professional and business development of the biotechnology sector in the South West of England.
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
The BERR (DTI) pages on biotechnology provide useful information on the bio-technology sector.
The trade association for innovative enterprises in the UK's bioscience sector.
and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
The BBSRC is the leading funding agency for academic research and training in the biosciences at universities and institutes throughout the UK.
The Department of Trade and Industry pages on the biotechnology sector.