List of largest 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 the fact that a free and open access project was launched 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 (as indicated) ranked by Market Capitalization.
  • Note that it does not include biotechnology companies that are now owned by, or part of, larger pharmaceutical groups.
  • The change is the companies relative position in this list, compared to their relative position in the prior year; i.e, an increase would be moving closer to rank 1 and vice-versa.
Rank Chg Company Trend Largest Market Cap (USD billions) Market Cap in 2016 (USD billions)[3][4] Market Cap in 2015 (USD billions)[5] Market Cap in 2014 (USD billions)[6] Market Cap in 2013 (USD billions)
1 Steady United States Johnson & Johnson
NYSEJNJ
IncreaseIncreaseIncrease 343.1 (Aug 2016) 314.1 284.2 277.8 258.3
2 Increase United States Pfizer
NYSEPFE
DecreaseDecreaseIncrease 310.5 (Jul 2000) 196.3 199.3 205.4 196.0
3 Decrease Switzerland Roche
OTCQXRHHBY
DecreaseDecreaseIncrease 263.6 (Feb 2014) 192.1 234.7 258.5 240.3
4 Steady Switzerland Novartis
NYSENVS
DecreaseDecreaseIncrease 275.2 (Jul 2015) 170.5 206.1 229.8 195.0
5 Steady United States Merck & Co.
NYSEMRK
IncreaseDecreaseIncrease 178.9 (Jan 2015) 164.3 147.6 166.9 146.5
6 Increase United States Amgen
NASDAQAMGN
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 133.9 (Jul 2015) 108.9 122.5 93.1 78.7
7 Increase France Sanofi
NYSESNY
DecreaseDecreaseDecrease 151.3 (Sep 2014) 101.8 111.8 138.1 142.0
8 Increase United States AbbVie
NYSEABBV
IncreaseDecreaseIncrease 117.9 Jul 2015 100.2 96.8 104.1 83.8
9 Decrease United States Bristol-Myers Squibb
NASDAQBMY
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 128.3 (Jul 2016) 98.2 114.8 97.6 87.2
10 Decrease United States Gilead Sciences
NASDAQGILD
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 179.6 (Jun 2013) 96.6 145.8 109.0 78.4
11 Increase United States Celgene
NASDAQCELG
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 110.0 Jul 2015 91.4 94.1 89.5 69.2
12 Decrease United Kingdom GlaxoSmithKline
NYSEGSK
DecreaseDecreaseDecrease 174.9 (May 2006) 93.3 97.6 128.9 129.6
13 Decrease Denmark Novo Nordisk
NYSENVO
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 159.6 (Aug 2015) 92.6 153.9 125.4 19.6
14 Increase Germany Bayer
FWBBAYN
DecreaseDecreaseDecrease 129.0 (Mar 2015) 85.3 103.2 113.2 117.4
15 Decrease United States Eli Lilly & Co
NYSELLY
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 122.6 (Aug 2000) 80.9 93.4 76.6 57.0
16 Decrease Republic of Ireland Allergan
NYSEAGN
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 133.5 (Jul 2015) 72.7 123.3 68.5 29.3
17 Steady United Kingdom AstraZeneca
NYSEAZN
DecreaseDecreaseIncrease 102.9 (Oct 2006) 68.8 85.8 88.9 74.6
18 Increase United States Biogen
NASDAQBIIB
DecreaseDecreaseIncrease 111.7 (Mar 2015) 61.6 68.3 79.7 66.1
19 Decrease United States Abbott Laboratories
NYSEAZN
DecreaseDecreaseIncrease 76.3 (Jul 2015) 56.4 67.0 67.9 59.3
20 Increase United States Shire Pharmaceuticals
NASDAQSHPG
DecreaseDecreaseIncrease 62.0 (Sep 2014) 50.1 41.0 42.4 28.1
21 Steady United States Stryker Corporation
NYSESYK
IncreaseDecreaseIncrease 46.0 (Jul 2016) 45.1 34.7 35.7 28.4
22 Steady United States Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc
NASDAQREGN
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 61.4 (Aug 2015) 39.3 56.5 42.0 27.4
23 Decrease Israel Teva Pharmaceutical
NYSETEVA
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 60.4 (Jul 2015) 37.5 55.9 49.0 37.8
24 Steady United States Alexion Pharmaceuticals
NASDAQALXN
DecreaseIncreaseIncrease 47.0 (Jul 2015) 28.2 43.0 36.8 26.2
25 Steady United States Baxter International
NYSEBAX
IncreaseDecreaseIncrease 26.7 (Oct 2016) 24.2 20.9 21.6 20.5

Graphical representation[edit]

Graphical representation of the top-25 Biotechnology companies sorted by market capitalisation for Q2 of 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Convention on Biological Diversity (Article 2. Use of Terms)." United Nations. 1992. Retrieved on February 6, 2008.
  2. ^ Carlo Alberto Oppici, Filippo Giancarlo Martinelli. "BioDirecta". Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Healthcare – Google Finance". 
  4. ^ "Healthcare – Google Finance". 
  5. ^ "The World's Biggest Public Companies". Forbes. 
  6. ^ "• Top biotech and pharmaceutical companies market value 2015 - Statistic". Statista. 

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