2012: The Winners and Losers of the Pharmaceutical Industry – Summary Report

This report presents the biggest winners and losers of the pharma industry in 2012, from both the financial and the scientific aspects.

The financial performance of the biotechnology and healthcare indexes showed robust yield compared to the leading indexes, with the Nasdaq Biotechnology index returning ~35% growth YTD (more than 4 times that of the Dow Jones). For some of the publicly traded companies in the sector 2012 was an eventful year, with major achievements that were strongly reflected in their stock performance. The average return on investment this year for the top five companies was more than 350%, fueling up investors’ dreams.

This year we witnessed a bigger appetite for institutional funding when twelve new pharmaceutical companies entered the stock exchanges compared to the ten IPOs in 2011. The IPOs of 2012 were larger than last year, with Puma Biotechnology leading the pack with its mega IPO of $138M.

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