bio·​tech | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtek How to pronounce biotech (audio) \
plural biotechs

Definition of biotech

2 : a company that utilizes biotechnology (as in the development of drugs or diagnostics for medicine) At present, there is no common technology platform for obtaining or sharing genomics information, so biotechs are scrambling to develop their own systems for sifting through the data.— Arlene Weintraub

Examples of biotech in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Diego’s three main economic clusters are military/defense, biotech and tourism. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021 The fund is interested in technologies including robotics, IOT software and hardware, biotech and data analytics. Robin D. Schatz, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 Genentech receives emergency use authorization for COVID treatment: TheFDA has issued the South San Francisco biotech company Genentech an emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized adults and pediatric patients. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2021 The furthest along is a vaccine candidate co-developed by Pfizer, the U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant, and Valneva SE, a French biotech company. Mandy Oaklander, Time, 17 June 2021 Chakrabarti spoke with Lexington biotech Agenus, which agreed to try to make the first personalized immunotherapy vaccine for DIPG., 8 May 2021 Rapidly developing technologies in fields like machine learning, quantum computing, autonomous vehicles, robotics and biotech will dramatically affect our way of life. Thomas Feddo, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 Agriculture and aquaculture are good fits because the state has abundant farmland and a long coastline, while life sciences manufacturing is a natural for southern Maine, which is close to the Boston biotech hub, FocusMaine says on its website. Peter Coy,, 2 Nov. 2020 Jason Kelly, chief executive of the biotech, said at the time that the company planned to expand its partnerships with drug firms., 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of biotech

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Biotech.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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bio·​tech | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌtek How to pronounce biotech (audio) \

Medical Definition of biotech

2 : a company that utilizes biotechnology (as in the development of drugs or diagnostics for medicine)

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