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What's fueling the biotech engine—2011 to 2012

Sales in the biologics sector show modest but healthy growth rates for the fourth consecutive year, with cancer drugs garnering the greatest revenues. As the diabetes epidemic grows and innovation of insulins continues, drug companies in that space are moving up in the ranks.

Figure 1: Growth trends in the United States biotech market for biologic drugs (2007–2011).
Figure 2: Top nine categories of biologic drugs in terms of US sales in 2011.
Figure 3: Companies with the top sales of biologic drugs in 2011.
Figure 4: Trends in US sales of mAbs.
Figure 5: Trends in US sales of recombinant hormones.
Figure 6: Trends in US sales of growth factors.
Figure 7: US sales of cytokines and blood factors ($ billions).
Figure 8: US sales of therapeutic enzymes, recombinant vaccines and anticoagulants ($ billions).


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SA thanks American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American College of Rheumatology (ACR), American Association of Liver Diseases (AASLD), American Heart Association (AHA), American Society of Hematology (ASH) and Biotechnology Industry Association (BIO) for providing support for this article.

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