Illinois

Illinois

We Work For Health Illinois is home to one of America’s strongest biopharmaceutical clusters hosting the largest concentration of biopharmaceutical companies outside of the Pennsylvania/New Jersey region. Illinois is home to 3,572 biotech companies, with the largest sector being in drugs and pharmaceuticals.

The biopharmaceutical sector is the foundation of one of Illinois’ most dynamic innovation and business ecosystems. Not only does the industry invest heavily in the research and development of new treatments and cures, it also generates high quality jobs, powers economic output and exports for the U.S. economy and sustains a very large-scale supply chain.

44,819
325,999

Supporting High Quality Jobs in Illinois

The innovative biopharmaceutical sector directly supported 44,819 jobs in Illinois in 2015. These jobs are often high-skill, high-wage professions.

The industry also supported another 281,180 jobs indirectly, for a total of about 325,999 jobs across the Illinois economy. These additional jobs are with vendors and suppliers such as construction companies and I.T. companies, and jobs generated by the sector’s employees such as day care centers and restaurants.

Illinois workers whose jobs were supported by the biopharmaceutical sector paid a total of $5.7 billion in personal taxes in 2015—$721 million in federal taxes and $721.8 million in state taxes.

Illinois' Economic Impact

In 2015, the biopharmaceutical sector supported $91.9 billion in economic output for the state of Illinois—including $37.9 billion generated directly by the sector, and another $53.9 billion through its vendors and suppliers and through the economic activity of its workforce.

Direct Output per Direct Employee in 2015

$846,477
$183,967
$39.7 Billion
$53.9 Billion
$91.9 Billion

vendor relationships

9,770

vendor spending

$7,865,473,229

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Elected Officials

Partners

Co-Chairs

Michelle Orive, Rush to Live

Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Mark Denzler, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

Alicia Loffler, Innovation and New Ventures Northwestern University

Biopharma

AbbVie

Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

CSL Behring

Horizon Pharma

Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals

PhRMA

Takeda

Labor

AFL-CIO

Home Builders Association of Illinois

International Association of Firefighters

SEIU of Illinois

Teamsters Joint Council

Patient Groups

Arthritis Foundation

Bleeding Disorders Alliance Illinois

Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central Illinois

Illinois Pharmacists Association

Kidney Cancer Association

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Illinois

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Chicago

Prevent Blindness America

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago

Rush to Live

Business Organizations

Center for Healthcare Innovation

Chicago Life Science Consortium

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO)

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council

Midwest Business Group on Health

National Hispanic Life Sciences Society

National Taxpayers United of Illinois

Vendors

Tek Sci Productions

The CARA Group

The Meeting Group

Higher Education

Northwestern University, Center for Biotechnology

University of Illinois at Chicago

University Technology Park at IIT

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Media

Astellas WWFH Champion Keya Pitts
Astellas WWFH Champion Keya Pitts
Meet Keya Pitts. She is one of our 2017 WWFH Champions who works for Astellas Pharma US in Northbrook, IL.
Meet Keya Pitts. She is one of our 2017 WWFH Champions who works for Astellas Pharma US in Northbrook, IL.
We All Work For Health - Michelle Orive
We All Work For Health - Michelle Orive
Michelle Orive is an organ transplant recipient. Initially, the transplant saved her life, but the medicines she now takes daily, keep her alive. Thanks to the work and dedication of many individuals in the industry who create that medicine, she is able to live a quality life.
Michelle Orive is an organ transplant recipient. Initially, the transplant saved her life, but the medicines she now takes daily, keep her alive. Thanks to the work and dedication of many individuals in the industry who create that medicine, she is able to live a quality life.