Top 10 Biopharmaceutical Companies In The World After Revenue

Andra Marinescu

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BioPharmaceutical Companies

Based on the revenues in 2009, a top 10 of the companies specializing biopharmaceuticals has been put together. According to the Contract Pharma, those who have put together the top, a pharmaceutical company is considered to also be a biopharmaceutical company when more than half of the drug companies’ revenues come from large molecule drugs and vaccines.

Thus, based on the criteria listed above, of the first rank of this top is the Swiss Roche / Genentech Group, which produced the only change in the ranking in the last 10 years. The other companies are situated in the same places as they did in the last years which shows some stability, a consistency of biopharmaceutical companies, but also notes a difficulty in what it means to market this kind of new drugs.

#10
Alexion Pharmaceuticals with a revenue of $387 million

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of biologic therapeutic products in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Japan, and the Asia Pacific. It focuses on products for severe and life-threatening disease states, including hematologic, kidney, and neurologic diseases; transplant rejection; cancer; and autoimmune disorders.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals serves specialty distributors and specialty pharmacies, which supply physician office clinics, hospital outpatient clinics, infusion clinics, or home health care providers; government agencies; and hospitals, hospital buying groups, pharmacies, other healthcare providers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Cheshire, Connecticut.

#9
Allergan with a revenue of $1,310 million

Allergan, Inc., is a global specialty pharmaceutical company. Their product ranges include ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, dermatology products, and neurological products.

The company’s most notable neurologic product is Botox, used around the world to treat a variety of debilitating disorders associated with muscle overactivity and also well-known—under the trade names Botox Cosmetic and Vistabel—for the treatment of facial lines. Its most important manufacturing plants are in Waco, Texas; Westport, Ireland; and San Jose, Costa Rica.

#8
CSL Ltd with a revenue of $3,211 million

CSL Limited is an Australia-based manufacturer of medical products. Its products include various blood plasma derivatives, vaccines, antivenin, and cell culture reagents used in various medical and genetic research and manufacturing applications. CSL‘s vaccine for Swine Flu was approved in September 2009 for use in Australia by people aged 10 and over.

The federal government ordered 21 million doses of vaccine for 2009 A/H1N1 of which 8 million were manufactured by CSL. The company’s headquarters remain in Parkville, Victoria, an inner suburb of Melbourne. CSL Behring is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and has manufacturing operations in the Swiss city of Bern, in Marburg in Germany, and Kankakee, Illinois.

#7
Genzyme with a revenue of $3,562 million

Genzyme Corporation is an American biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Genzyme is the world’s third-largest biotechnology company, employing more than 11,000 people around the world. The company has a presence in approximately 40 countries, including 17 manufacturing facilities and 9 genetic-testing laboratories, its products are sold in 90 countries.

In 2007, Genzyme generated $3.8 billion in revenues with more than 25 products in the market. In 2006 and 2007 Genzyme was named one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for”. The company donated $83 million worth of products worldwide; in 2006, it made $11 million in cash donations. In 2005, Genzyme was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest level of honor awarded by the president of the United States to America’s leading innovators.

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2 Responses to Top 10 Biopharmaceutical Companies In The World After Revenue

  1. roxanne says:

    Have you heard of the new embryonic stem cell trial? It’s the world’s first. Here is an article about it. http://www.americanbiotechnologist.com/blog/tag/geron-corp/

  2. Andra Marinescu says:

    Hello Roxanne, to answer your question, no, I haven’t heard of the study. Thank you for pointing me in the direction of the website. I read about it now and am absolutely astonished. Thank you for taking the time to read the article.