bio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ˌbī-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl \

Definition of biopharmaceutical 

: a pharmaceutical derived from biological sources and especially one produced by biotechnology

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As the innovation economy in Kendall Square continues to expand—investment in Massachusetts biopharmaceutical companies tripled between 2008 and 2017, reaching $3.1 billion annually—continued growth is about more than just talent. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 The White House has complained that China has used predatory practices in a relentless push to grant Chinese companies an unfair advantage in the industries of the future, including robotics, electric cars and biopharmaceuticals. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "US to impose new tariffs on additional $200B worth of Chinese imports," 10 July 2018 The switch in accounting methods raised the value of the stake in the affiliated biopharmaceutical company to 4.9 trillion South Korean won (about $4.3 billion) from 290 billion won. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "South Korea Regulator Says Samsung BioLogics Violated Accounting Rules," 12 July 2018 In March of 2017, the biopharmaceutical company filed a suit against Russian Nativa in an effort to halt their production and sale of the drug. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Russian Drugmaker Granted License to Produce Celgene Copycat," 11 July 2018 The plan calls for creating powerful Chinese players in such areas as information technology, robotics, aerospace equipment, electric vehicles and biopharmaceuticals. Paul Wiseman, The Seattle Times, "Why they fight: US and China brawl over high technology," 3 July 2018 Shares of energy firms in the index declined 1.6% as oil prices slumped Shares of biopharmaceutical firm MiMedx Group fell 39% after two of the company’s top executives resigned after the firm had to restate years of financial results. Allison Prang, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks End Slightly Higher," 2 July 2018 The health care and biopharmaceutical industries are ever-changing. Fortune Editors, Fortune, "The Best Companies to Work for in Health Care and Biopharma," 10 Apr. 2018 In 2010, for example, the biopharmaceutical company Pfizer doled out $2 million in scholarship funds to U.S. veterinary students, two-thirds of whom committed to studying animals used for food. Neil C. Olson, Fortune, "America’s Veterinarian Shortage Is Bad for Animals and Humans Alike," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of biopharmaceutical

1971, in the meaning defined above

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bio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ˌbī-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl \

Medical Definition of biopharmaceutical 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to biopharmaceutics or biopharmaceuticals a biopharmaceutical company biopharmaceutical drugs



Medical Definition of biopharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pharmaceutical derived from biological sources and especially one produced by biotechnology

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