List of biotechnology companies

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A biotechnology company is a company whose products or services primarily use biotechnology methods for their production, design or delivery. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity defines 'biotechnology' as: "Any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use."[1] In other words, biotechology can be defined as the mere application of technical advances in life science to develop commercial products. Today, no comprehensive global database of biotech companies is available online, despite a free and open access project was recently started in late 2014.[2]

Independent biotechnology companies[edit]

  • The following is a list of the top 25 independent biotechnology companies listed on a stock exchange ranked by Market Capitalization in Q2 of 2012.[3] It additionally details their market capitalization in Q2 of the previous year (2011), from which the change in value over the year can be calculated.
  • Note that it does not include biotechnology companies that are now owned by, or part of, larger pharmaceutical groups - such as Genentech (owned by Roche), Genzyme (Sanofi), or MedImmune (AstraZeneca). It should be viewed as an update and complementary to the previous table below.

2015[edit]

Rank 2013 Change Company Country Market Cap in 2013 (USD billions) Market Cap in 2012 (USD billions) % Change over year (Q2-Q2)
1 Steady Amgen USA 78.695 55.054 42.2%
2 Steady Gilead Sciences USA 78.373 19.751 296.8%
3 Increase Celgene USA 52.557 34.319 53.1%
4 Decrease Biogen Idec USA 47.157 31.582 49.3%
5 Increase Regeneron USA 20.269 11.894 70.4%
6 Steady Alexion Pharmaceuticals USA 17.893 17.152 4.3%
7 Decrease Vertex Pharmaceuticals USA 17.495 8.151 114.6%
8 Increase BioMarin Pharmaceutical USA 9.097 3.3788 140.2%
9 Increase Actelion USA 6.885 4.548 51.4%
10 Increase Seattle Genetics USA 4.39 2.316 89.6%
11 Gold medal blank.svg Alkermes Switzerland 4.011 2.356 70.2%
12 Increase Ariad Pharmaceuticals USA 3.3 2.668 14.7%
13 Gold medal blank.svg United Therapeutics USA 2.966 2.26 31.2%
14 Gold medal blank.svg Ipsen Group France 2.889 2.23 29.6%
15 Increase DiaSorin Italy 2.6 2.2 18%

Other Biotechnology companies[edit]

  • The following is a list of Biotechnology companies. Following the financial crisis of 2008 the number of biotechnology companies has decreased as many were acquired by large pharmaceutical companies, some went out of business and the number of start-ups has decreased due to difficulties in securing capital.[4]
Rank 2014 Company Country Revenue in 2006 (USD millions) R&D in 2006 (USD millions) Net income/ (loss) in 2006 (USD millions) Employees in 2006
16 Nektar Therapeutics USA 217.7 149.4 (154.8) 770
17 Enzon Pharmaceuticals USA 185.7 43.5 21.3 722
18 QLT Canada 175.1 56.4 (101.6) 653
19 Ligand Pharmaceuticals USA 141.0 41.9 (31.7) 540
20 Myriad Genetics USA 114.3 83.8 (38.2) 511
21 Exelixis USA 98.7 185.5 (101.5) 500
22 Emergent Biosolutions USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
23 Biota Pharmaceuticals USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
24 Lexicon Pharmaceuticals USA 72.8 106.7 (54.3) 410
25 Progenics Pharmaceuticals USA 69.9 61.7 (21.6) 410
26 MorphoSys Germany 66.6 21.9 7.6 336
27 New Link Genetics USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
28 Array BioPharma USA 45.0 33.4 (39.6) 263
29 AEterna Zentaris Canada 41.4 28.7 33.4 260
30 IsoTis Switzerland 40.7 7.7 (18.5) 255
31 Enzo Biochem USA 39.8 7.9 (15.7) 255
32 Neurocrine Biosciences USA 39.2 97.7 (107.2) 254
33 MediGene Germany 38.4 26.7 (8.7) 248
34 ACT Biotech Inc USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
35 OncoMed USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
36 Cerus USA 35.6 29.5 (4.8) 208
37 SciClone Pharmaceuticals USA 32.7 14.1 0.7 197
38 ImmunoGen USA 32.1 40.9 (17.8) 197
39 BTG UK N/A N/A N/A N/A
40 Vernalis UK 30.1 71.7 (78.2) 192
41 Bavarian Nordic Denmark 29.5 19.9 (27.1) 191
42 Xoma USA 29.5 52.1 (51.8) 189
43 GPC Biotech Germany 28.5 81.3 (80.4) 180
44 Targacept USA 27.5 21.8 (1.2) 170
45 Radius Pharmaceuticals USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
46 Acorda Therapeutics USA 27.4 12.1 (60.0) 158
47 Anika Therapeutics USA 26.8 3.6 4.6 156
48 Dusa Pharmaceuticals USA 25.6 6.2 (31.3) 150
49 Genmab Denmark 23.9 90.6 (77.4) 128
50 Bioniche Life Sciences Canada 24.1 11.9 (1.0) 127
51 Vitrolife Sweden 23.2 3.3 2.1 124
52 Medivir Group Sweden 18.8 39.7 (29.7) 88
53 Geron Corporation USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
54 Sangamo BioSciences USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
55 Sinovac Biotech China 15.4 0.3 (0.7) 67
56 Avanir Pharmaceuticals USA 15.2 29.2 (62.6) 64
57 Synageva BioPharma USA N/A N/A N/A N/A

A comprehensive and open access list of more than 5300 Biotech Companies (mostly European Union based) is available online at BioDirecta.[2] Such directory includes >2700 "Red Biotech" (Pharmaceutical), >900 "White Biotech" (fermentation and enzymes).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Convention on Biological Diversity (Article 2. Use of Terms)." United Nations. 1992. Retrieved on February 6, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Carlo Alberto Oppici, Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli. "BioDirecta". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "GEN - Insight & Intelligence™: Top 25 Biotech Companies". GEN. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Venture Capital Trends". BIOtechNow. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 

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