1. UNITED STATES
Collection/compilation agency: The National Science Foundation (NSF) (sponsor) and U.S. Census Bureau (collection agent)
Collection/compilation type: Survey of Industrial Research and Development.
Scope: For-profit industrial firms with five or more employees that perform R&D in the 50 US states or D.C.
Frequency: Annual since 2001.
Classification used: N/A for biotechnology data collection itself. Generally, statistics resulting from the data collection are classified by the performing firms’ North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code, size (based on number of employees), location (US state or country) of R&D performance, character of work, source of funding, and other classifiers.
Definition used: Biotechnology is the application of science and technology to living organisms, as well as parts, products, and models thereof, to alter living or nonliving materials for the production of knowledge, goods, and services including:
Output: Tabulations in the annual report series Research and Development in Industry containing biotechnology R&D expenditures by industry and size of company (based on number of employees) and the percentage of biotechnology R&D expenditures attributable to nanotechnology.
Contact comments: Biotechnology R&D data are not extensively available from official statistics. Government agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Census Bureau, are not able to document industry’s biotechnology R&D activities in greater detail for a variety of reasons, the most important being that biotechnology is not a separate industry code in the government’s North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) system.
Future plans (plans for new collections, strategies, experiences etc.): Current level of data collection will be maintained while research into quality and utility of resulting statistics are evaluated.
Latest survey forms and instructions: The 2003 versions of the Form RD-1, Form RD-1A, and their instructions are available at: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/sird/start.htm.
2. UNITED STATES
Collection/compilation agency: US Department of Commerce, Technology Administration and Bureau of Industry and Security
Collection/compilation type: Survey of US firms engaged in biotechnology activities, 2002.
Scope: Survey data were collected from companies that engage in biotechnology research, create biotechnology products or research tools, and/or use biotechnology processes in their manufacturing either as one of several business lines or as their sole business. Respondents whose business activities appeared to differ from the survey’s definition of biotechnology were not included in the final analysis. (See definition below).
Data were obtained from public and privately traded companies and non-profit enterprises operating domestically that identified themselves as biotechnology firms or organizations. The survey was mailed to both US and foreign-owned businesses existing within the United States. Excluded from this study are government organizations, universities, and foreign businesses operating abroad.
Frequency: The survey was conducted in summer/fall of 2002.
Classification used: N/A
Definition used: Biotechnology was defined as the application of molecular and cellular processes to solve problems, conduct research, and create goods and services. It includes a diverse collection of technologies that manipulate cellular, sub-cellular, or molecular components in living things to make products or discover new knowledge about the molecular and genetic basis of life, or to modify plants, animals and micro-organisms to carry desired traits. Such technologies include, but are not limited to: genetic engineering (e.g. recombinant DNA, gene therapy, cloning, antisense); hybridoma technology (to produce monoclonal antibodies); polymerase chain reaction or PCR amplification; gene mapping; DNA sequencing; restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis; and protein engineering.
Output: The survey instrument and results were presented in a report entitled “A Survey of the Use of Biotechnology in U.S. Industry,” November 2003.
Contact comments: The Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, works to maximize technology's contribution to America's economic growth.
Future plans (plans for new collections, strategies, experiences etc.): It is uncertain whether future biotechnology surveys will be conducted.
Contact details: http://www.technology.gov
The survey is available in the publication at: http://www.technology.gov/reports/Biotechnology/CD120a_0310.pdf
3. UNITED STATES
Collection/compilation agency: Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce
Collection/compilation type: Part of the 5-year Economic Census.
Various additional information:
These data are by industry and geographic location.
Scope: All operating business locations in the United States with paid employees.
Frequency: Every 5 years.
Periodicity: Covers a 12-month calendar year for years ending in 2 and 7.
Classification used: North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) category 541710.
Definition used: No definition used. Respondent self designates as engaged in “biotechnology research.”
Contact comments: N/A
Future plans (plans for new collections, strategies, experiences etc.): N/A
Contact details: www.census.gov
Copies of survey form PS-54109 available on: www.census.gov