In 2019, private biotech companies raised approximately $584 million (€525 million) in venture capital. A year earlier, this figure was only $410 million (€369 million) with a further $370 million (€333 million) raised on the stock exchange (2018: $1 billion (€900 million)). More than $206 million (€186 million) of this amount was raised through two IPOs, both on the Nasdaq in the U.S.
The Mainz-based immunotherapy specialist BioNTech and the company Centogene, a diagnostics expert for rare diseases, ventured onto the trading floor. For this reason, the total capital raised, $954 million (€858 million), failed to hit the financing record of $1,41 billion (€1.27 billion) set in 2018. Nevertheless, the total is still almost a third higher than the 2017 figure ($750 million (€674 million)).
Get the latest biotechnology news at your fingertips! Discover what is new in biotech research, finance, business, and more with Born2Invest. Our companion app includes news updates of business headlines from fin-tech, for investing, and cannabis.
Business Perspective Survey
Every year, six questions are presented to German companies in a trend survey. According to the survey, around 90% of those researched consider their current and future business situation to be good, better, satisfactory or constant. 60% state that they want to expand their workforce in Germany, while only around 7% want to cut back.
In addition, half of the respondents plan to increase their investment in research and development (R&D). Meanwhile, only 20% of those surveyed expect the political climate in Germany to improve in 2020. This compares to 29% in the previous year. Nevertheless, 28% still consider the current political climate to be good.
In four of the six categories surveyed, the index is broadly stable in a multi-year comparison. A clear trend can be observed in the assessment of the future business situation. Here the index has been falling continuously over the years. After a low point in the wake of the last federal elections, the assessment of the current political climate has improved significantly again.
Well-filled development pipelines
“It is a good sign that German biotechnology companies have once again succeeded in raising a lot of capital, even if they were unable to reach the peak value of 2018,” said Oliver Schacht, CEO of BIO Deutschland. The excellent financing situation also confirmed the quality of the German development pipelines. “Another positive aspect is that there has been some political movement in Germany in favor of our sector. The tax incentives for research are coming – at last, one might say!” he continued.
The new bio-economy strategy is pending and the dialogue platform Industrial Bio-economy is operational. In addition, the Federal Government is using the Bio-economy Science Year 2020 to focus on the bio- and knowledge-based industry and thus create more awareness for the sector.
Brexit and trade conflicts have an impact
Despite good financing figures and encouraging political signals, the assessment of the future business situation has deteriorated over the years. “We also see this as a result of current international developments,” added Viola Bronsema, Managing Director of BIO Deutschland.
“The years of wrangling over Brexit and trade conflicts have led to great uncertainty and also have an impact on our industry. It is strongly networked internationally. All the more reason for Germany to focus more on promoting biotechnology as a key technology. We must make a contribution so that biotechnology can be used sustainably to master challenges such as climate change and global health,” Viola Bronsema commented.
DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of Born2Invest, its management, staff or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.
This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the Company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the Company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the Company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.
First published in vdi nachrichten, a third-party contributor translated and adapted the article from the original. In case of discrepancy, the original will prevail.
Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. Born2Invest assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. Born2Invest is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us.
Candriam excludes 40 percent of all emerging markets
In a report, Bloomberg has used the Candriam SRI Bond Emerging Markets Fund as an example of how active fund...
What is the scope of the CFA franc reform in West Africa
The monetary system of the CFA franc zone, in general, is increasingly challenged, with France being accused of still maintaining...
Europe’s stock exchanges are in an optimal window to buy, says analyst
The declines of more than 3% during some moments of the session led the main stock markets of the Old...
The fintech company Joonko to cease operations after only 12 months of existence
The October 28th press release published by Joonko stated that the Series A financing round with existing and new investors,...
Asabys Partners leads a round of $20 million in Sidekick
Asabys has recently led a successful round of financing in Sidekick, a company specialized in digital therapies. This round will...
Featured6 days ago
Savills IM refinances two Italian assets with one of the first green loans in Italy
Business6 days ago
4 tips to market your small business locally
Business5 days ago
Major reasons why your website might not be attracting customers
Biotech5 days ago
Roche signs its new diabetes business manager in Spain to Isdin