Source: Ernst & Young
The results highlighted in the report include:
Record-breaking profitability: Companies in the industry’s established biotech centers of Australia, Canada, Europe and the US had a record-breaking aggregate net profit of US$4.7 billion, a 30% increase from the previous year.
Aggregate funding rebounds: Companies in Canada, Europe and the US raised US$25 billion in 2010 — equalling the average for the four years before the global financial crisis.
Funding for innovation declines: In the US, large debt financings by mature, profitable companies grew by 150% over 2009. Conversely, there was a 20% decline in the amount of “innovation capital” for the sector, defined as total funding minus large debt financings.
More skewed funding: 82.6% of funding went to just 20% of US companies, up from 78.5% in 2009. The bottom 20% of companies raised 0.4% of funds, down from 0.6% in 2009.
Alliances remain strong, but not up-fronts: The total potential value of strategic alliances remained strong, totaling more than US$40 billion. However, up-front payments from partners to biotech companies dropped 37 percent to US$3.1 billion.
Deal-making slows: Merger and acquisitions (M&As) involving European or US biotech firms dropped sharply from 58 deals in 2009 to 45 deals in 2010, while the aggregate value of these transactions remained relatively flat (after normalizing the 2009 numbers to exclude the mega-acquisition of Genentech).
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