Biotechnology sector optimistic. More investments planned. Business climate remains
(Berlin, 20 January 2015) – The German biotechnology sector is looking optimistically to the new year.
For the first time in years, the stock market is a financing alternative once again for German
biotechnology firms. Companies raised €403 million in private equity in 2014 – around 14 per cent
more than in the previous year. Research and development are also benefiting from this, and it is
likely that companies’ investments in this area will increase significantly this year. These were the
findings of a survey by the biotechnology industry association, BIO Deutschland, in cooperation with
the sector magazine |transkript. The survey findings are being presented at a press conference in
Berlin today.
The survey showed general optimism in the sector. All of the indicators were higher than the averages
of the past five years. In comparison with the previous year, however, the respondents’ assessment of
the current business and political situation is not quite as positive. Respondents of the previous survey
had high hopes of the new Federal Government, which has apparently not lived up to expectations.
Nevertheless, biotech entrepreneurs regard their current situation so positively that they want to start
investing more in research and development once again. Development also remained stable in the
employment situation.
The findings are backed up by research by BIO Deutschland and |transkript, which is published by
BIOCOM AG. According to this research, equity capital investments rose by around 14 per cent in
2014 compared with 2013, reaching €403 million – the highest level since 2010. For the first time in
years, German biotechnology companies also ventured on to the stock exchange, albeit far from the
domestic market. Two companies chose the United States, while another company floated on the
Amsterdam stock exchange. No biotech company has issued an initial public offering in Frankfurt
since 2007. At the same time, many biotech companies already listed there have acquired significant
sums, while a large number of shareholders have enjoyed good returns on their biotech investments.
Deutsche Börse’s Biotech Sub-sector Index rose by around 24 per cent over the course of the year.
The overall positive development in Germany reflects an upswing also found on the European capital
market. According to a study by BIOCOM AG, European biotech firms acquired a total of €2.37 billion
via the stock market, compared with €1.89 billion in 2013. This equates to growth of 25 per cent
compared with the previous year. The number of biotech flotations tripled to fifteen.
Peter Heinrich, Chairman of the Board of BIO Deutschland, summed up the situation as follows: “The
German biotech sector is benefiting from the international biotech boom. However, sufficient financing
and the promotion of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises both remain problematic in
Germany, as is also shown by the survey respondents’ less than positive assessment of the political
Holger Zimmermann, Managing Director and CSO of AiCuris said: “Biotechnology plays a major role
in driving innovations, particularly in the health economy. This was also shown by the large number of
takeovers and collaborations in 2014. It is important that the entire value-added chain, from invention
to patients, works well and reliably and that factors blocking innovations are removed.”
Boris Mannhardt, CEO of BIOCOM AG added: “The positive trend on European stock exchanges
shows that that biotechnology is clearly a worthwhile investment once again. However, the stock
exchanges in Paris and London seem far more attractive to many biotech companies than the stock
exchange in Frankfurt.”
The individual index values were as follows:
Current business situation:
R&D investment index:
Employment index:
Current political parameters:
Future political parameters:
-1.66 points to 97.47 points (of 99.13 points)
+1.97 points to 95.02 points (of 93.05 points)
-0.8 points to 94.52 points (of 95.32 points)
-1.65 points to 95.66 points (of 97.31 points)
-0.26 points to 88.39 points (of 88.65 points)
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Notes to editors:
Survey information:
To date, BIO Deutschland and |transkript have conducted nine annual surveys of around 1,100
biotechnology companies and branch-specific service providers. 126 of them returned the
questionnaire this year. The aim is to predict development in the present year, using the survey as a
barometer of the atmosphere in the sector. The index values are calculated and determined by a
method similar to that used by the IFO Institute. The values mainly represent the difference between
positive and negative answers. The norm values are based on the results from 2006 (= 100%).
BIO Deutschland:
With around 300 members, including companies, BioRegions and sector service providers, the Berlinbased Biotechnology Industry Organisation of Germany (BIO Deutschland) aims to support and
promote the development of an innovative sector in Germany based on modern biosciences. Dr Peter
Heinrich is the Chairman of the Board of BIO Deutschland.
Further information is available at
BIO Deutschland’s supporting members and sector partners are:
AbbVie, Avia, Bayer, Biotest, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene GmbH, Clariant, CMS Hasche
Sigle, Deutsche Bank AG, Deutsche Börse, EBD Group, Ernst & Young AG, Isenbruck, Bösl,
Hörschler LLP, KPMG AG, Merck KGaA, Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, MorphoSys AG,
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Qiagen GmbH and Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH
The monthly life sciences journal, |transkript, reports on biotechnology in the German-speaking areas
of Europe. The journal is now in its 21st year of publication and is published by BIOCOM AG.
|transkript is recognised as the leading trade journal on biotechnology in the economy, society and
specialist applications.
Further information is available at
Contact information:
BIO Deutschland e.V. | Dr Claudia Englbrecht | Am Weidendamm 1A | 10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 726 25 132 | Fax: +49 30 726 25 138 |
BIOCOM AG | Dr Boris Mannhardt | Lützowstr. 33-36 | 10785 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49-30-264921-55 | Fax: +49-30-264921-11 |