Pharma and Biologics

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Groundbreaking Research and Treatment

Minnesota has a growing number of companies and researchers that focus on everything from human health microbiology and medical genomics to proteomics and stem cell research.

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Top Pharmaceutical-Biologics Companies by Employment

3M Drug Delivery Systems

Abbot Laboratories

R&D Systems (Bio-Techne)
Paddock Laboratories


Lifecore Biomedical

Amerilab Technologies


ANIP Acquisition Co

Newport Laboratories


Medical Graphics Corporation

Smartrac Technology US Inc.


Source: Hoovers, Reference USA. 

Innovation in Action

Minnesota companies and research institutions registered 335 patents in drugs and bio compositions, ranking 13th in the country and second in the Midwest between 2008 and 2012.

  • U.S. News and World Report ranks the graduate program at the University of Minnesota's College of Pharmacy third in the country (2012).
  • As of 2014, Minnesota companies have more than 130 registrations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to manufacture drugs, ranking 16th nationwide.
  • Minnesota added nearly 770 jobs in pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing industries, the sixth-highest numeric growth in the nation between 2005 and 2012.

A Bioinformatics Powerhouse

Minnesota's bioinformatics powerhouse includes nearly 20 institutions and programs with top faculty members and state-of-the-art technology, including:

  • BioMedical Genomics Center, University of Minnesota.
  • Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, University of Minnesota.
  • Computational Genetics Laboratory, University of Minnesota
  • Hormel International Center for Research Technology, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic
  • The Stem Cell Institute, University of Minnesota