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What's fueling the biotech engine—2008

Despite the global economic slowdown, biologics managed single-digit growth in 2008, driven mainly by continued high growth in sales of antibodies and insulins. Novel biologics in development look promising, but crowding, pricing and reimbursement are emerging as longer-term concerns.

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Figure 2: Top companies that comprise the majority of sales of biologic drugs in 2008.
Figure 3: Top nine categories of biologic drugs in terms of US sales in 2008.
Figure 4: Trends in US sales of mAbs.
Figure 5: Trends in US sales of growth factors.
Figure 6: Trends in US sales of recombinant hormones.
Figure 7: US sales of cytokines, therapeutic enzymes and recombinant vaccines.
Figure 8: US sales of blood factors and anticoagulants.


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