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    Deborah Etim
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    Biotech companies are booming all over the world, and there is a growing demand for biotech experts with relevant expertise in a variety of international markets. Similarly, the biopharmaceutical industry is expanding internationally, with big companies in many nations offering attractive work possibilities. Biopharmaceutical companies make up a significant component of the biotech industry. In this post, I share the top five countries in Europe where your education and/or experience in Biotechnology will land you a job. I share them in alphabetical order, not necessarily how they are ranked.


    Belgium: There has been a boost in recent times with several new Biotech companies springing up in Belgium. Belgium is home to top Biotech companies like Flanders Institute for Technology (VIB) and UCB.

    Germany: Bayer AG, Germany’s largest biotech company, employs about 30,000 employees across 19 locations around the country. Apart from Bayer AG, there are several other biotech companies in Germany. The German Trade and Invest research shows that the country’s biotech workforce has surpassed 50,000, with workers working in 660 specialized biotech businesses as of 2019. In Germany, companies, universities, and non-university institutes collaborate to strengthen research facilities. This in turn has made Germany one of the hot-spots for biotechnology jobs.

    France: France employs about 99,000 people directly, with 20,000 workings in research and development. Because France is the world’s leader in the vaccine industry, the country employs an extra 23,000 people working on more than 750 vaccination programs across the world.

    Spain: In Spain, biotech employment is abundant, and there are several options. Following the receipt of 1.2 billion Euros in government financing in 2015, the country now has a strong pioneering component, with 4% of the money going to research collaborations with academic institutes and hospitals. Spain’s biotech sector is expected to develop and increase in the future, thanks to an aging population and the growth of the biotech industry.

    United Kingdom: Since 2016, UK has no longer been a part of the EU due to Brexit, because of this its biopharma faces uncertainty as contracts for tariff-free access to European markets have not to be finalized. Despite the upheavals, biotech is still a big deal there. Biotechnology, and biopharmaceutical industries contributed 30.4 billion pounds to the UK economy. It is home to the world’s two largest biopharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.

    If you are looking to move to Europe to get a biotech job, you can check sites like Europharmajobs, Chemistryworld, Biospace, and Newscientist.

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