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The research, testing, and medical laboratories sector includes a range of activities; from highly research‐oriented companies working to develop and commercialize new drug discovery/delivery systems, and gene and cell therapies, to more service‐oriented firms engaged in medical and other biosciences testing services.
Products being developed and/or services provided by the Research, Testing & Medical Labs sector range as follows:
  • Preclinical drug development
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Diagnostic imaging and testing
  • Stem cell/regenerative research
  • Biomarkers
  • Research/laboratory support services
The Research, Testing & Medical Labs sector is unique in that its firms do not engage in manufacturing specific products. Instead, these companies provide R&D and lab services that play a critical role in breakthrough research and the development of new products, in addition to administering biomedical diagnostic and lab services. When products like new therapeutics, for example, are developed and successfully commercialized by these biotechnology companies, they often move out of the sector by their NAICS classification and into Pharmaceuticals &Therapeutics.
Examples of Michigan companies found within the Research, Testing & Medical Laboratories sector include but are not limited to:

 Imperial Research
 MPI Research
 Integrated Nonclinical Development Solutions
 Detroit R&D
 Jasper Clinic
 Quest Research Institute
 Forensic Fluids Laboratories
 KAR Laboratories
 RTI Health Solutions
 Genemarkers LLC
 LexaMed Ltd.
 SRI International
 Global Clinical Connections
 TransPharm Preclinical Solutions
 Impact Analytical
 Molecular Imaging, Inc.
 Warde Medical Laboratory

Research, Testing, and Medical Labs, with rapid job growth in recent years, has firmly established itself as a key bioscience sector in Michigan. The sector grew during the period of 2001-2010 by over 50 percent in new establishments, and a 20 percent increase from 2007-2010. Establishments in the Research, Testing & Medical Labs sector tend to be the smallest in the biosciences, in terms of employment, averaging about 21 employees per site compared with an industry‐wide average of 30 employees per establishment. The sector employed 9,800 in Michigan according to the 2012 Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Industry Development Report1, with a total employment impact of over 29,000.

1 Battelle/BIO. State Bioscience Industry Development 2012. June 2012.
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