Pharmaceutical manufacturing: R&D intensity in the United Kingdom (UK) 2002-2018

This statistic shows the intensity of research and development within the pharmaceuticals manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom from 2002 to 2018. This is represented by R&D expenditure as a percentage of manufacturers' sales. In 2018, R&D expenditure made up an estimated 35 percent of pharmaceutical sales, a slight decline from the preceding year.

Research and development as a percentage of sales in pharmaceuticals manufacturing in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2002 to 2018

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2002 to 2018

Number of respondents

5,500 respondents

Special properties

Businesses known to perform R&D

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

Research and development intensity is calculated by the source using R&D expenditure data and manufacturers' sales data for pharmaceutical product manufacturing industries (at current prices).

The data refers to business R&D performed in the UK irrespective of the residence of the ultimate owner. Overseas activities of affiliates of UK businesses are not included by the source.

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