GLOSSARY: Biopharmaceuticals

Biopharmaceuticals, also referred to as The Biopharma Industry, is the industry where ethical pharmaceutical drugs are derived through bioprocessing. They are proteins (including antibodies), nucleic acids (DNA, RNA or antisense oligonucleotides) used for therapeutic or in vivo diagnostic purposes, and are produced by means other than direct extraction from a native (non-engineered) biological source. The first such substance approved for therapeutic use was biosynthetic 'human' insulin made via recombinant DNA technology.