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Bioscience Product Distribution
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The bioscience-related distribution sector coordinates the delivery of bioscience-related products spanning pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and agbiosciences. This sector increasingly deploys specialized technologies such as cold storage, highly regulated product monitoring, and automated drug distribution systems.
Examples of services include but are not limited to the distribution of:

  •  Pharmaceuticals
  •   Vaccines
  •   Plasma and blood products
  •   Veterinary medicines
  •  Surgical instruments and appliances
  •  Diagnostics equipment
  •  Bio-imaging equipment
  •  Feedstock and plant seeds
  •  Agricultural chemicals


In Michigan, the sector is the largest of all bioscience sectors as compiled by Battelle/BIO in their 2012 State Bioscience Industry Development Report1 according to NAICS code classifications. Note that only those pieces of each distinct component that most closely relate to biosciences, specifically, removing sundries from drugs distribution; and only including agricultural seeds and chemicals from farm supplies are included in the inventory. Examples in this sector include the following notable companies and many others:


 McKesson Cardinal Health
 AmerisourceBergen Diplomat Pharmacy
 Harvard Drug
 Wright & Filippis

The Bioscience Product Distribution sector employs slightly over 11,000 directly with a total employment impact of 27,200. Employment in the sector grew 13% from 2001-2010. Diplomat, the country's largest independent specialty pharmacy, alone has grown exponentially in the last few years to 2013 revenues of $1.5 billion and well over 800 employees housed in a 1 million square foot former GM Technical Center in Flint.



1 Battelle/BIO. State Bioscience Industry Development 2012. June 2012. http://www.bio.org/sites/default/files/v3battelle-bio_2012_industry_development.pdf

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