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Big pharma becomes a smaller employer as biotech booms

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LONDON, BOSTON, TOKYO (June 18, 2014) — Big pharma employment dropped by 3% in the decade 2003-2013, allaying fears that industry consolidation and restructuring would lead to significantly reduced headcounts and payrolls, a report published by EP Vantage reveals.

The report shows that when it comes to pharmaceutical industry jobs, big biotech and specialty drugmakers are growing in significance, more than offsetting the loss of jobs in big pharma.

Headcount more than doubled over the last decade at companies with market capitalisations of more than $30 billion, but who are not traditionally considered big pharma. Some of those gains were the result of acquisitions – such as Valeant – but groups like Novo Nordisk, Gilead Sciences and Regeneron have seen their staff double, triple, or even quadruple based primarily on organic growth, the report finds.

“Large drug makers like Gilead are now not only out performing big pharma, but are out hiring it. And with the focus still on cost cutting in big pharma if you want a long-term career in the industry you might be better off with a smaller player,” said Lisa Urquhart Editor of EP Vantage.

Among the findings:

  • Novartis is the biggest employer in the pharma sector, with a workforce of more than 135,000 people. Its 2010 merger with eye specialist Alcon brought on board nearly 16,000 new workers, but that explains only part of the 57,000 it added 2003-2013.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer topped the industry in terms of shrinking headcount, each firing 36% of their employees. In the case of Pfizer, the reduction is dramatic because the decade saw it rationalising the workforce of two companies it acquired, Pharmacia and Wyeth.
  • Valeant and its acquisitions aside, the biggest hirer of 2013 in percentage terms was Pharmacyclics, which more than doubled its headcount to 484 to support the launch of cancer drug Imbruvica.

The "Big Pharma Becomes a Smaller Employer While Biotech Booms" report, based on market intelligence and analysis from EvaluatePharma can be found here: www.evaluategroup.com/PharmaJobNumbers

About EP Vantage
Written by a team of award-winning journalists, EP Vantage provides daily financial analysis of key industry catalysts including: regulatory and patent decisions, marketing approvals, licensing deals, and M&A – giving fresh angles and insight to both current and future industry triggers. Launched in 2007 by EvaluatePharma®, EP Vantage’s unique access to EvaluatePharma and EvaluateMedTech data allows unrivalled, forward-looking coverage of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech industries. Visit www.epvantage.com to sign up for a free trial. On Twitter: @epvantage .

About Evaluate Ltd.
Evaluate is the trusted source for life science market intelligence and analysis with exclusive consensus forecasts to 2020. We support life science and healthcare companies, financial institutions, consultancies and service providers in their strategic decision-making. Our services include EvaluatePharma, EvaluateClinical Trials and EvaluateMedTech. Our global team of dedicated healthcare analysts employs rigorous methodologies to deliver strategic commercial analysis. We make our services valuable by combining superior quality content, user-friendly reporting tools and outstanding customer service to solve client problems.

For more information visit: www.evaluategroup.com. On Twitter: @evaluatepharma, @evaluatemedtech, @epclinicaltrial, @epvantage.

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