To those doubters who question the value of the biotechnology industry to North Carolina’s economy, a forthcoming report will show how misplaced such thinking is.

We’ve got a sneak peek for our Insiders.

The report is coming this week. It was compiled by industry research group Battelle for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

Some highlights:

Economic impact is up $14 billion to $73 billion from the previous report two years ago.

Average salary is $81,000. (How much do YOU make?)

Some 600 biotechnology-related companies now employ 61,000 people. That’s up 1,000.

State and local tax revenue produced by the biotech sector is $1.7 billion.

Here are highlights of how much the sector has grown from 2000-2012:

  •  North Carolina’s life science employment grew 30.9 percent from 2000-2012
  • This is four times the national life science employment growth rate (7.4 percent)
  • It’s well above the 1 percent growth of the state’s overall private sector during that time
  • Life sciences contributed half of the net new jobs for the state from 2000-12.