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Wisconsin’s biohealth industry is growing quickly, fostering innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped fuel the growth of the state’s biohealth sector.

By Joe Schulz, Wisconsin Public Radio

Over the last four years, Wisconsin’s biohealth industry has grown and become a leading economic driver for the state.

Last year, it had an economic impact of $32 billion and generated $1.2 billion in state and local taxes, according to a recent third-party report released by the BioForward Wisconsin advocacy group.

The report says job growth in the industry significantly outpaced the state’s overall job growth rate since 2018. However, advocates say investment in higher education is essential for the sector’s continued growth.

Biohealth includes industries like academic research, pharmaceuticals, technology development, manufacturing and digital health. Read more …