Biotechnology industry - Statistics & Facts

Biotechnology industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about the biotech industry

Biotechnology uses biological systems or living organisms for the development of its products, mostly biopharmaceutical drugs. The key regions for the global biotech industry are the United States and Europe. As of 2015, about 670 public companies and over 200 thousand employees in these regions generate some 133 billion U.S. dollars of biotech revenue.


The United States is the leading global biotech player, with almost 108 billion U.S. dollars of revenue and the industry’s total market capitalization of some 890 billion U.S. dollars. More than 130 thousand people are employed by U.S. public biotechnology companies. The San Francisco Bay Area has the highest concentration of biotech companies within the United States, and accordingly also the highest biotech revenues.

Since 2014, Gilead, from Foster City, California, is the world's largest pure-play biotechnology company, overtaking long-time leader Amgen, also based in California. Of the top five biotech companies globally, four are from the United States. Since the acquisition of U.S.-based Genentech in 2009, Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche has the highest biotech revenue worldwide. However, Illinois-based company AbbVie is the manufacturer of the best-selling biotech drug - Humira. Cancer drugs make up the largest part of biopharmaceutical research and development.

Biotechnology is also used in agriculture, mostly in form of genetically modifying crops to make them more resistant or more fruit-bearing. This issue is much discussed because of the possible consequences for the environment and human health. The United States is the country with the highest acreage of GM crops worldwide. For example, some 76 percent of all U.S. corn acreage is genetically manipulated. Top companies in the GM crop segment are Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience, for example.



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Facts on Biotech industry
Overview U.S. and EuropeValuesStatistic
Revenues of established biotech centers worldwide in 2015132.7bn USD Details →
U.S. public biotech companies revenues in 2015107.7bn USD Details →
Number of private biotech companies in the U.S. in 20152,336 Details →
European public biotech companies revenues in 201525bn USD Details →
Total capital raised in U.S. and EU biotech companies in 201571bn USD Details →
Global companiesValuesStatistic
Revenue of Gilead Sciences in 201532.64bn USD Details →
Top global biotech company based on R&D expenditure in 2015Roche Details →
Number of employees at Novo Nordisk (Denmark) in 201541,122 Details →
Roche's share of the global biotech prescription drug market in 201516.9% Details →
U.S. companiesValuesStatistic
Gilead Sciences' revenue in 201630.4bn USD Details →
Top Gilead product in 2016 based on revenueHarvoni Details →
Revenue of Amgen in 201622.9bn USD Details →
Revenue of Biogen in 201611.5bn USD Details →
Market capitalization compound annual growth rate of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals from 2011-201582% Details →
Gross profit margin of Seattle Genetics biotech company in Q4 201692.5% Details →
Most promising life science start up company in the U.S. as of 2017Denali Therapeutics Details →
Number of public biotech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area in 201480 Details →
Products/R&DValuesStatistic
Best-selling biotech drug worldwide in 2015Humira Details →
Number of biologic medicines in development for infectious diseases in 20161,261 Details →
U.S. biopharmaceutical export volume in 201547bn USD Details →
Life sciences employment in New Jersey/New York/Westchester Metro Area 201398286 Details →
Biotech in agricultureValuesStatistic
Acreage of genetically modified crops worldwide in 2015 (in hectares)179.7m Details →
Percentage of herbicide tolerant genetically modified soybean crops in the U.S. in 201694% Details →
Bayer CropScience's revenue in 20169.9bn EUR Details →


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