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Biotech Industry Showing Resilience Despite Challenging Conditions
Date:4/28/2010

pan class="xn-money">US$18.0 billion.
  • Venture capital raised in the US reached US$4.6 billion in 2009 -- the second-highest total in history, behind only the record US$5.5 billion raised in 2007.

  • Europe

    • Revenues of European public biotechs grew 8% to euro 11.9 billion, well below the 17% growth seen in 2008.
    • The combined net loss for biotechs in the region fell from euro 913 million in 2008 to only euro 288 million in 2009, driven by cost cutting, the elimination of unprofitable companies and strong net income growth at some large European biotechs.
    • The value of M&A activity in Europe declined from euro 3.1 billion  in 2008 to euro 1.8 billion  in 2009
    • Total funding for the European industry increased 48% in 2009, to euro 2.9 billion.
    • Venture capital raised in Europe totaled euro 800 million, a 21% decrease from the previous year, and the lowest level since 2003.

    Canada/Australia  

    • The Canadian biotechnology industry raised more than US$733 million in 2009, an increase of $US255 million.
    • Revenues of the Australian publicly traded biotech industry reached US$3.72 billion, a 7% increase from 2008 but significantly lower than the
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