• Biotech Manufacturing
    • Product Design & Testing
    • First-Article Runs
    • Clinical Trials
    • CNC Programming
    • Tooling Development
    • Equipment Development
    • Process Design & Development
    • Quality Assurance

Orphan Drug Tax Credit



The orphan drug tax credit is a credit that allows 50% of qualified clinical testing related costs (wages, supplies, and contractors) to offset income tax. The R&D tax credit may be taken in conjunction with the orphan drug tax credit, but qualified expenses must be segregated between orphan drug and non-orphan drug tax credit eligible activities. In other words, eligible costs must not be used for both credits – however, these costs must be combined for the R&D tax credit base computation purposes.    

R&D for Biotechnology

Example of Qualified Activities

Ready To Explore Your Incentives?

  • Drug Development
    • Identification of receptor targets
    • Computer modeling
    • Assay development
    • Pharmacology
    • Clinical testing
    • Process design and Validation
    • Equipment Selection

Biotech Manufacturing Case Study


ItemAverage Annual Amount
Gross Revenues$25,000,000
Total Payroll$3,600,000
Qualified Research Expenses (QREs)$2,500,000
Net Federal Credits$152,000
Net State Credits$136,000
Total Net Federal and State Credits$288,000


Contact BRAYN for an initial consultation. ​We’ll work with you one on one to determine a roadmap to success. 
​We look forward to working with you soon.

​Call Today! 888-773-8356

Biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies are prime candidates for valuable federal and state Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credits. Due to the expansive definition of R&D for tax credit purposes, many of the drug & product development and process improvement activities performed by biotechnology companies often qualify for such treatment. 

Other Incentives

Medical Device Excise Tax Recovery


The Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) is a 2.3% tax on the medical device sales price imposed on manufacturers, producers, and importers of many (though not all) medical devices. However, there are several opportunities to recover the MDET, such as identification of applicable exemptions and exclusions. Discuss these opportunities with a MDET professional to determine appropriate strategies. 


© 2017 BRAYN Consulting LLC. All Rights Reserved. BRAYN Consulting LLC is a knowledge firm that supports CPA firms and their clients in obtaining R&D, Production & Construction incentives. Headquartered in the greater Los Angeles, California area, BRAYN is comprised of technical experts with decades of Big 4 and national tax consulting firm experience in the area of R&D, production, construction, energy, and growth incentives. THIS PRODUCT OR SERVICE HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED OR ENDORSED BY ANY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY, AND THIS OFFER IS NOT BEING MADE BY AN AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT.


IRS Circular 230 Disclosure - To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax-related penalties under the Internal Revenue Code, or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein.

Payroll Tax Credit



Taxpayers who are deemed a "qualified small business" and perform qualified research are eligible to offset up to $250,000 of the employer portion of FICA payroll tax, starting as early as the 2nd payroll tax quarter in 2017. To qualify as "qualified small business", the company must have a taxable year that began after 12/31/2015, gross receipts for last year of less than $5 million, and no gross receipts (as so determined) for any taxable year preceding the 5-taxable-year period ending with such taxable year. Click here for more information.