Welcome to We Work For Health Washington. We’re dedicated to promoting the economic benefits of life science business and research for Washington state's economy and patients around the world. We Work For Health seeks to educate our elected leaders, the news media and the communities they serve about these key contributions of the life science sector in our state.

The biopharmaceutical sector is the foundation of one of Washington’s 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.

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Supporting High Quality Jobs in Washington

The innovative biopharmaceutical sector directly supported 15,398 jobs in Washington in 2017. These jobs are often high-skill, high-wage professions.

The industry also supported another 41,620 jobs indirectly, for a total of about 57,018 jobs across the Washington 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.

Washington workers whose jobs were supported by the biopharmaceutical sector paid a total of $914.3 million in personal taxes in 2017—$865.9 million in federal taxes and $48.4 million in state taxes.

Washington's Economic Impact

In 2017, the biopharmaceutical sector supported $13.5 billion in economic output for the state of Washington—including $5.5 billion generated directly by the sector, and another $7.9 billion through its vendors and suppliers and through the economic activity of its workforce.

Direct Output per Direct Employee in 2017

$5.5 Billion
$7.9 Billion
$13.5 Billion

vendor relationships


vendor spending


Find Your
Elected Officials



Brian Bonlender, Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

Patrick Pierce, President & CEO, Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Business, Economic Development, & Biopharmaceutical Partners

Novo Nordisk

Eli Lilly and Company

Bayer, Inc.

SEngine Precision Medicine

Northshore Bio

Downtown Seattle Association

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Washington Council on International Trade

Washington Roundtable

Greater Spokane Incorporated

Columbia River Economic Development Council

BIO Ventures for Global Health

Oregon Bioscience Association 

Health Advocacy Groups

Washington Global Health Alliance

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

Hepatitis Education Project

Washington State Oral Health Coalition

Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy

HERO House

1-in-4 Chronic Health

NW Vets Place

Everyone for Veterans

Research and Academic Institutions

University of Washington

Washington State University

Washington Research Council

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research


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