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Investment in R&D in the Spanish Pharma Sector Grows 10% in 2022, up to €1.4 Billion

The pharmaceutical industry invested €175 million in basic research, marking an 11% growth from 2021. This allocation represents one in eight euros for biomedical R&D, emphasizing the complexity of basic and preclinical phases. Additionally, €114 million was dedicated to technological development, and €105 million for pharmacoeconomics, epidemiology, and post-authorization studies.




More research and more development. Investment in research and development (R&D) of medicines by the innovative pharmaceutical industry reached a new historical high in 2022 in Spain by allocating €1.39 billion to these activities,  10.1% more than in 2021  and the greatest increase in the last fifteen years in this item.

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R&D investments in the Spanish pharma industry

That is reflected in the latest survey on R&D in the pharmaceutical industry 2022, which Farmaindustria carries out each year among its associated companies, which also points out that 60% of the almost €1.4 billion mentioned were dedicated to developing clinical trials (5 .6% more than the previous year and the item that represents the most investments within the different phases of research into new treatments).

The commitment of companies to carry out clinical research in Spain has increased at an average accumulated annual rate of 5.7% in the last decade, going from the €479 million registered in 2012 to €834 million in 2022.

For many pharmaceutical companies, Spain is already the second country in the world in activity in clinical trials , only behind the United States, and participates in one of every three trials that are launched in Europe.

The pharmaceutical industry invested €175 million in basic research

Similarly, the pharmaceutical industry invested €175 million in basic research. This is the second item with the largest allocation of resources, which has experienced a growth of more than 11% compared to 2021 and which means that one in every eight euros of biomedical R&D is dedicated to these basic and preclinical phases, the most complex. This is followed by €114 million dedicated to technological development and another €105 million for pharmacoeconomics , epidemiology and post-authorization studies.

On the other hand, the pharmaceutical industry allocated almost half of the investment in Spain, €633 million, to research contracts with hospitals, universities and public and private centers (what the survey calls “extramural investment”).

This contribution represents a key contribution to guarantee the financial sustainability of these centers, increase the qualification of their researchers and facilitate access of patients involved in clinical trials to the most cutting-edge treatments.

Regarding “intramural investment”, that carried out in the companies’ own research centers, reached €762 million, representing 55% of the total investment in R&D.


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