Definition of biopharmaceutical in US English:



usually biopharmaceuticals
  • A biological macromolecule or cellular component, such as a blood product, used as a pharmaceutical.

    • ‘Well, lucky for them they got there first because the commercial application of using cells for factories so that hormones and proteins could produce biopharmaceuticals wasn't lost on the business world.’
    • ‘As for particular sectors and industries, the life sciences - biopharmaceuticals and medical devices are getting most of the buzz right now and at least some of the money.’
    • ‘Biotechnology is expected to contribute massively to the global economy, largely through the introduction of recombinant DNA technology to the production of biopharmaceuticals.’
    • ‘‘The future of biopharmaceuticals has simply never been brighter,’ said Laos.’
    • ‘Business leaders say the future lies in even more highly skilled math and science related jobs such as medical devices and testing, biopharmaceuticals and sophisticated homeland security and defense industries.’
    • ‘A couple of examples from my own experience at FDA with the review of biopharmaceuticals will illustrate the tension between the regulatory culture and innovation.’
    • ‘I like cryptography, nanotechnology, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and biopharmaceuticals, but I think the most life changing technologies of the future will spring from neuroscience.’
    • ‘Whether such biopharmaceuticals will be regulated under the protocol remains to be seen, says Dawkins: ‘That was still far enough into the future that it wasn't addressed directly.’
    • ‘In positioning itself for the decade ahead, the IDA has targeted the biotechnology sector in particular, as pharmaceutical companies begin to switch the manufacturing process from chemicals to biopharmaceuticals.’
    • ‘Wireless, in fact, is one of the few sectors, along with biopharmaceuticals and medical devices and equipment, in which the net dollars flowing into startup deals are going up.’
    • ‘He is most concerned about biopharmaceuticals as a major problem for the future.’
    • ‘Volunteer corn in both locations contained traces of unidentified biopharmaceuticals from 2001 field trials.’
    • ‘Some biopharmaceuticals have sales of over $1 billion.’
    • ‘The second area where we have enormous strength is in our core technical competencies, which enable us to conduct effective product development in pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, and devices.’
    • ‘These new GM crops, known as biopharmaceuticals, or biopharms for short, produce industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals within their tissues.’
    • ‘That includes communications technology, Internet infrastructure, and biopharmaceuticals - all areas that are critical to other companies and have the potential of long-term profitability.’


  • Relating to biopharmaceuticals, or their preparation, use, or sale.

    ‘biopharmaceutical proteins’
    ‘the biopharmaceutical industry’
    • ‘The crop had been contaminated by biopharmaceutical corn which was planted last year in the same field and unexpectedly sprouted again.’
    • ‘The biopharmaceutical company was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2003.’
    • ‘This ruling is an important first step toward the day when citizens can find out if biopharmaceutical crops are growing near their food crops or their back yards.’
    • ‘Informed sources said the biopharmaceutical firm expected to raise the funds from Irish, British and American investors.’
    • ‘SmithKline Beecham decided on Singapore, rather than Australia, to build a $100 million biopharmaceutical plant.’
    • ‘In Mexico, people are distressed by the possibility that biopharmaceutical corn could be introduced in the country.’
    • ‘Nationally, approximately 1,400 biopharmaceutical companies are developing - by the industry's own count - perhaps 350 drugs.’
    • ‘The biopharmaceutical industry is an area in which the patent system is important because it makes a difference in whether firms will invest in research.’
    • ‘Biopharmaceutical products now represent about a third of the world's total pharmaceutical pipeline.’
    • ‘As it turns 20, how healthy is the biopharmaceutical industry?’
    • ‘This does not bode well in the short term for the highly innovative, niche-conscious strategy of many biopharmaceutical companies.’
    • ‘This campus is truly world-class in scale and quality and is a tremendous endorsement of Ireland as a location for future biopharmaceutical investment.’
    • ‘The firm plans to construct a biopharmaceutical manufacturing centre in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, creating an estimated 330 jobs.’
    • ‘The 330 biopharmaceutical jobs announced yesterday will be created by a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, Centocor, over the next five years.’
    • ‘What if biopharmaceutical crops end up in animal feed?’
    • ‘The city's 300 biopharmaceutical companies account for nearly half of all Canadian activities in the sector, employing over 18,000 people.’
    • ‘The USDA needs to publicly document every single secret trial crop in the nation, and demonstrate a genuine commitment to regulating the biopharmaceutical industry.’
    • ‘He has been involved in all aspects of biopharmaceutical research and development, with a particular focus on the development of products to prevent and treat infectious disease.’
    • ‘I work for a biopharmaceutical company that's developing (among other things) anti-bacterials for MRSA and VRE.’
    • ‘A number of biopharmaceutical patents are due to expire in the next few years, or have already expired.’