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Biotechnology industry resources

This guide lists selected print and online information sources available to SFU researchers. If you do not find what you need, contact Mark Bodnar, , the Liaison Librarian for Business.

The biotechnology field is full of new terms and concepts that you really have to understand to properly study the industry. The first three sections of this guide (overview, definitions, and current awareness) contain resources to help you get past the language and to provide the most current view of the industry.



Focused on the industry


Current awareness (news sources)

News sources that you can easily check frequently to keep on top of this rapidly changing field:

Articles and reports

Business Source Complete is most likely to be the first database that you should try, but the other resources on the following lists may also be useful. Ask for assistance if you can't find what you need in these data.

Business/marketing perspective

  • BCC Research - market analysis and forecasting on a wide range of major emerging technological and scientific developments. Click on My Categories, then choose Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, or Healthcare to start. 
  • Frost & Sullivan - In-depth industry and market research reports with global coverage of emerging technologies and services in many industries. Start with this rough search for biotechnology.
  • Business Source Complete - uses SUBJECTS such as Biotechnology industries, Genetic engineering industry, and Pharmaceutical biotechnology industry.
    • BSC includes the full-text of such journals/magazines as Biotech Business, Biotech Financial Reports, Biotech Week, Worldwide Biotech, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, and Asia-Pacific Biotech News.
    • Note that Business Source Complete also offers some MedTrack and MarketLine company profiles for major companies around the world. Just click on the More > Company Profiles button at the top of the screen in the database and search for your company.
    • BSC also has thousands of industry and market reports, many of which touch on biotech topics. Check the box next to the Document Type "Industry Overviews" to focus your search for such reports.
  • Business Insights - (Note: coverage to 2012 only.) Access to strategic management reports covering such industries as Healthcare.
  • IBISWorld - Analysis of US, Canada, China and global industries providing insight into current and future industry performance, changing trends, operating conditions and supply chain linkages. Covers dozens of industries in the Life Science field.
  • LexisNexis - has many full-text trade publications that deal with this topic. Start by searching the following files, each of which covers dozens of relevant industry publications: IET Nanabiotechnology and Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Stories.
  • Factiva - global business and industry news from over 30,000 publications, including the Wall Street Journal.
    Key publications to watch for within Factiva: 
  • Check our lists of business databases for more suggestions.

Science perspective (including biology, medicine, and computing)

Remember to include terms such as industry, business, or commerce in your searches to focus on the business aspects of the topic or you will be buried in scientific articles.

Multidisciplinary perspective

  • Academic Search Complete
  • CBCA: provides a more Canadian angle on the topic. Start with subjects such as Biotechnology industry
  • Web of Science: citation index: find out who has cited key articles in their bibliographies

Key journals

The SFU Library provides hundreds of journals & magazines that touch on biotechnology, most of which are available online for all current SFU researchers. For examples, see such titles as... Biotechnology & bioengineering, Biotechnology progress, and Biotechnology advances, as well as such magazines as Biotech Financial Reports.

You might want to start by scanning the recent issues of some of the Nature Reviews titles owned by SFU. For example ...
-- Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
-- Nature Reviews. Genetics
-- Nature Reviews. Cancer


Books often provide a deeper and broader treatment of a subject than you can get from either a journal article or a web site. Start your search in the SFU Library Catalogue (and other local catalogues) with the following subjects:

Company information

Note that some of the resources listed in the Current Awareness section of this guide will give you recent company news/press releases. In addition, the databases listed in the Articles and Reports section are likely to provide company-specific information. The resources below are for more detailed financial information about companies - primarily of publicly-traded companies.

Key databases (largely financial data)


More detailed SFU Library guides for company information

Associations and industry organizations

Associations and industry organizations often have publications, news, and links to further resources. The following are a few of the many associations and organizations associated with biotechnology. 

Government information

Governments at all levels can be great sources of useful data and analysis. 

British Columbia

  • Life Science in BC: From Trade and Invest - BC site: note the related associations listed near the end of the report


United States


Web guides & directories

These sites have been chosen because they have extensive links to biotechnology information. They are great places to start searching if the resources in this guide don't have what you need.


Web sites


Start by searching the indexes listed in the Articles & Reports section above. The following list of journals is among the many potentially relevant titles that are online for SFU researchers.


Start your search in our catalogue with such subject headings as:


The following guides to patent research are great starting points: