New Data Demonstrates Life Sciences Ecosystem Growth, Impact in Colorado

Numbers Signal Steady Jobs, Salary, and Funding Gains

DENVER – Colorado BioScience Association shares newly released employment and federal funding data on life sciences in Colorado, demonstrating ecosystem growth and economic impact. The report shows Colorado’s life sciences community generated 7% job growth in 2016-2018, with average salaries increasing by 8% for the same time period. Numbers for Colorado life sciences include:

  • Direct Employment: 32,089 (2016-2018)
  • Direct and Indirect Employment: 117,560 (2016-2018)
  • Average Annual Salary: $96,450 (2016-2018)
  • NIH Funding: $427,233,325 (2019)
  • Academic R&D Expenditures: $730,614,000 (2018)  

The information comes from a new Biotechnology Innovation Association (BIO) report, The Bioscience Economy: Propelling Life-Saving Treatments, Supporting State & Local Communities. It analyzes the bioscience industry’s economic footprint across the nation and in Colorado, including the significant role of small- and mid-sized companies.

Jennifer Jones Paton, President & CEO of Colorado BioScience Association, says:
“The employment, funding, and academic R&D numbers detail our ecosystem’s steady growth in the pre-COVID-19 time period. We expect that our community will continue to hire and secure new funding during the pandemic. In the last week, a global CMDO, AGC Biologics, announced plans to create 280 new jobs to support its $100 million investment in a manufacturing facility, and Boulder-based ArcherDX filed for a $100 million initial public offering. Additionally, our member companies are achieving FDA approvals, securing new funding, and making executive hires.”

Pete Pellerito, BIO Senior Policy Adviser for Federal and State Economic Development and Technology Transfer Initiatives, says:
“From capital investments to research & development, this report shows the impact of the biosciences across the nation’s innovation ecosystem. The bioscience industry is critically important to Colorado and we are proud to work closely with partners like CBSA to help ensure the future of the industry and its role as an economic driver in the region.” 

The state-by-state industry assessment is the ninth in a biennial series, developed in partnership by TEConomy and BIO, and studies the state of the U.S. bioscience industry and its associated innovation ecosystem at the national, state, and metropolitan area levels. The analysis includes a fact sheet for Colorado, which can be found via the interactive map at

CBSA maintains life sciences information of record on the Choose Colorado and Industry Impact pages of the CBSA website.

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About Colorado BioScience Association
Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) creates co-opportunity for the Colorado life sciences community. CBSA champions a collaborative life sciences ecosystem and advocates for a supportive business climate. From concept to commercialization, member companies and organizations drive global health innovations, products and services that improve and save lives. The association leads Capital and Growth, Education and Networking, Policy and Advocacy, and Workforce Cultivation to make its members stronger, together. Learn more:

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