The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Biotechnology global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
Amgen $x.xlock
Gilead $x.xlock
Merck KgaA $x.xlock
Roche Holding AG $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • After growing modestly over the past five years, the industry will prosper with strong demand
  • Technological advancements spurred demand from downstream industries
  • The industry is developing new revenue streams from outsourced research and biosimilars
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Global Biotechnology industry comprises a diverse range of companies engaged in the development of pharmaceuticals, pest-resistant crops and biofuels, among other products. Revenue for the industry has grown over the past five years and global investment in biotechnology has increased consistently, with much of the added R&D spending funneled into medical applications aimed at providing care for the aging global population. The industry is expected to continue prospering over the next five years, with the Asia-Pacific region making significant investments to gain a foothold in the market...

    Industry Locations

    Global Biotechnology industry operators are typically based in geographic clusters that comprise biotechnology and connected companies, specialized suppliers and associated research institutions, such as universities and hospitals. This is largely because companies are small; young; reliant on consistent flows of investment capital; or are affiliated or spun off from a university. Geographic proximity enables reduced storage, transport and travel costs and the development of professional and personal relationships. A dominant industry business model shows that geographic industry clusters 'churn' work (i.e. they feature sustainable and consistent levels of innovation through the development cycle of new products). As ..

    Additional Insights for the Global Biotechnology Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Biotechnology Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Ability to raise financing
  • Ability to educate the wider community
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Global research and development funding and Global investor confidence in the Global Biotechnology industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Biotechnology Industry?

    Operators in this industry primarily use living organisms or molecular and cellular techniques to develop products that are used in agriculture, food, industrial and medicine production.

    Industry Products
    Human health technologies
    Crop production and agricultural technologies
    Animal health technologies
    Industrial and environmental technologies
    Industry Activities
    DNA coding, mapping and sequencing
    Processing biotechnologies
    Subcellular organism research
    Cell and tissue culture and engineering
    Protein sequencing, synthesis and engineering

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Global research and development funding
  • Global investor confidence
  • Global number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Number of students in OECD countries

  • Current Performance
  • Private financing
  • Profitability and competition
  • New markets
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition and business structures
  • Consolidation and regional focus
  • Biofuels and intellectual property
  • Table: Global Biotechnology Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Biotechnology Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing
  • Other Global Food Product Manufacturing
  • Global Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals Manufacturing
  • Global Pharmaceuticals & Medicine Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Basic Inorganic Chemicals Manufacturing
  • Global Basic Organic Chemicals Manufacturing
  • Global Glass and Glass Products Manufacturing
  • Global Health Care Equipment Manufacturing
  • Global Resin and Synthetic Rubber Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Human health technologies
  • Industrial and environmental technologies
  • Other
  • Crop production and agricultural technologies
  • Animal health technologies
  • Chart: Global Biotechnology Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Research and development investments
  • Demographics and social trends

  • Major Markets
  • Pharma and medical manufacturers and wholesalers
  • Public sector
  • Resource industries
  • Agriculture and food sector
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Biotechnology Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • R&D spending
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation and other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Biotechnology

  • Basis of Competition
  • Innovation
  • Budget
  • Patent protection
  • Product quality
  • Product price
  • Marketing
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Biotechnology Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Roche Holding AGGilead Sciences Inc.Amgen Inc.Merck KGaA
  • Table: Roche Holding AG - financial performance
  • Table: Gilead Sciences Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Amgen Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Merck KGaA - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Biotechnology Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Biotechnology Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Global Research and Development Funding (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Creating genetically identical copies of DNA fragments, cells or organisms.
  • Gene Therapy
  • The insertion of genes into a person's cells and tissues for medical purposes, such as to treat disease.
  • Genetic Modification
  • Direct manipulation to alter the structure and characteristics of genes (plant, animal, human or organism). An example is altering plant DNA to increase crop yield and resistance.
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • The use of genomic or genetic information to predict a drug's efficacy or toxicity and to explain inter-individual differences in response to a drug.
  • Venture Capital
  • Private equity provided to early stage, high growth potential companies. Venture capitalists often use their expertise to take an active role in the management and direction of the company.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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