Each and every one of us plays an important role in helping Texans gain and maintain access to life-saving medicines, prevent chronic disease, and lead longer, healthier lives. We Work for Health Texas seeks to educate our elected leaders, the public, news media and local communities about the important contributions biopharmaceutical research companies and their employees make to the health and economic security of individuals, families, local communities and the state of Texas.

We Work For Health Texas is a grassroots initiative that unites health consumers, biopharmaceutical company employees and retirees, vendors, suppliers and other business, academic and community partners to demonstrate how these diverse groups work together to improve America’s health care system and strengthen our economy.

The biopharmaceutical sector is the foundation of one of Texas’ 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.


Supporting High Quality Jobs in Texas

The innovative biopharmaceutical sector directly supported 38,039 jobs in Texas in 2017. These jobs are often high-skill, high-wage professions.

The industry also supported another 158,216 jobs indirectly, for a total of about 196,255 jobs across the Texas 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. 

Texas workers whose jobs were supported by the biopharmaceutical sector paid a total of $2.4 billion in personal taxes in 2017—$2.3 billion in federal taxes and $104.8 million in state taxes.

Texas' Economic Impact

In 2017, the biopharmaceutical sector supported $53.8 billion in economic output for the state of Texas—including $25.2 billion generated directly by the sector, and another $28.6 billion through its vendors and suppliers and through the economic activity of its workforce.

Direct Output per Direct Employee in 2017

$25.2 Billion
$28.6 Billion
$53.8 Billion

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Bio North Texas

Bristol-Meyers Squibb


Eli Lilly and Company


Intelligent Biotechnologies


Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute

Texas Life Sciences Collaboration Center

VWR International

Zion Laboratory Services, Inc.

Business/Economic Development Partners

Borderplex Alliance

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse of Central Texas

East Texans Against Lawsuit Abuse

Health Industry Council of North Texas

North Texas Commission

Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District

Rio Grande Valley Partnership

Startech International

Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce

Texas Association of Business

Texas Association of Manufacturers

Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce

Texas Business Leadership Council

Texas Civil Justice League

Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute

Texas e-Health Alliance

Texas Public Policy Foundation

TexHealth Central Texas

Westbrook Clinic

Health Advocacy Groups

AIDS Services of Austin

Alliance of Independent Pharmacists of Texas

Alpha Home

American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN)

American Liver Foundation - Texas Division

Arthritis Foundation South Central Region

Alzheimer's Texas

Alzheimer's Association - Capital of Texas Chapter

Alzheimer's Association - San Antonio & South Texas Chapter

Association of Substance Abuse Programs-Texas

Center for Health Care Services

Centro de mi Salud

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

Communities for Recovery

Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc.

Dia de la Mujer Latina

Easterseals Central Texas

Easterseals North Texas

El Paso Diabetes Association

Intercultural Center for Health, Research & Wellness


LeadingAge Texas

Legacy Community Health Services

Lupus Foundation of America – Lone Star Chapter

Lupus Foundation of America – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County

Mental Health America of Greater Houston

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

NAMI Austin

NAMI El Paso

NAMI Greater Houston

NAMI Gulf Coast

NAMI Texas

National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Houston

National Association of Social Workers - Texas Chapter

National Infusion Center Association

Native American Health Coalition

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Prevent Blindness Texas

RE: Cancer

Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association

San Antonio AIDS Foundation

Sisters Network, Inc.

South Texas Association of Rheumatologists


State of Texas Kidney Foundation

Texas Assisted Living Association

Texas Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

Texas Health Institute

Texas Impact

Texas Nurse Practitioners

Texas Pharmacy Business Council

Texas Renal Coalition

The J.A.M.I.E. Group

Texas Rural Health Association

United Ways of Texas

Valley AIDS Council


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YNN Coverage of PhRMA's "Research in your Backyard"
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WWFH Texas Video
WWFH Texas Video
The value of the biopharmaceutical sector extends beyond health care. It's critical to the Texas economy. Watch and learn more, and please share this video.
The value of the biopharmaceutical sector extends beyond health care. It's critical to the Texas economy. Watch and learn more, and please share this video.