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 Country 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 Johnson & Johnson
NYSEJNJ
 United States 343.1 (Aug 2016) 314.1 284.2 277.8 258.3
2 Increase Pfizer
NYSEPFE
 United States 310.5 (Jul 2000) 196.3 199.3 205.4 196.0
3 Decrease Roche
OTCQXRHHBY
  Switzerland 263.6 (Feb 2014) 192.1 234.7 258.5 240.3
4 Steady Novartis
NYSENVS
  Switzerland 275.2 (Jul 2015) 170.5 206.1 229.8 195.0
5 Steady Merck & Co.
NYSEMRK
 United States 178.9 (Jan 2015) 164.3 147.6 166.9 146.5
6 Increase Amgen
NASDAQAMGN
 United States 133.9 (Jul 2015) 108.9 122.5 93.1 78.7
7 Increase Sanofi
NYSESNY
 France 151.3 (Sep 2014) 101.8 111.8 138.1 142.0
8 Increase AbbVie
NYSEABBV
 United States 117.9 Jul 2015 100.2 96.8 104.1 83.8
9 Decrease Bristol-Myers Squibb
NASDAQBMY
 United States 128.3 (Jul 2016) 98.2 114.8 97.6 87.2
10 Decrease Gilead Sciences
NASDAQGILD
 United States 179.6 (Jun 2013) 96.6 145.8 109.0 78.4
11 Increase Celgene
NASDAQCELG
 United States 110.0 Jul 2015 91.4 94.1 89.5 69.2
12 Decrease GlaxoSmithKline
NYSEGSK
 United Kingdom 174.9 (May 2006) 93.3 97.6 128.9 129.6
13 Decrease Novo Nordisk
NYSENVO
 Denmark 159.6 (Aug 2015) 92.6 153.9 125.4 19.6
14 Increase Bayer
FWBBAYN
 Germany 129.0 (Mar 2015) 85.3 103.2 113.2 117.4
15 Decrease Eli Lilly & Co
NYSELLY
 United States 122.6 (Aug 2000) 80.9 93.4 76.6 57.0
16 Decrease Allergan
NYSEAGN
 Ireland 133.5 (Jul 2015) 72.7 123.3 68.5 29.3
17 Steady AstraZeneca
NYSEAZN
 United Kingdom 102.9 (Oct 2006) 68.8 85.8 88.9 74.6
18 Increase Biogen
NASDAQBIIB
 United States 111.7 (Mar 2015) 61.6 68.3 79.7 66.1
19 Decrease Abbott Laboratories
NYSEAZN
 United States 76.3 (Jul 2015) 56.4 67.0 67.9 59.3
20 Increase Shire Pharmaceuticals
NASDAQSHPG
 Ireland 62.0 (Sep 2014) 50.1 41.0 42.4 28.1
21 Steady Stryker Corporation
NYSESYK
 United States 46.0 (Jul 2016) 45.1 34.7 35.7 28.4
22 Steady Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc
NASDAQREGN
 United States 61.4 (Aug 2015) 39.3 56.5 42.0 27.4
23 Decrease Teva Pharmaceutical
NYSETEVA
 Israel 60.4 (Jul 2015) 37.5 55.9 49.0 37.8
24 Steady Alexion Pharmaceuticals
NASDAQALXN
 United States 47.0 (Jul 2015) 28.2 43.0 36.8 26.2
25 Steady Baxter International
NYSEBAX
 United States 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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