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Antibiotics partnering analysis in biopharma industry

Posted on 02 June 2014

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The  last two years alone has seen $1.9 billion spent on antibiotics partnering by the biopharma industry.

Antibiotics partnering has seen an increase in partnering after 2009 gaining momentum since 2011. Last year saw 51 partnering deals announced in the antibiotics market.

Figure 1: Antibiotics partnering by year - 2009-2014








Source: Current Agreements, 2014

Not all big pharma and big biotech companies are actively involved in antibiotics partnering, however companies such as GlaxoSmithKline with 9 deals and Astellas with 7 deals signed since 2009, are particularly active in this area.

Figure 2: The most active dealmakers in antibiotics technology biopharma industry 2009-2014








Source: Current Agreements, 2014

When analyzing individual antibiotic classes , data reveals that popular areas for partnering are penicillin and cephalosporin types.

Figure 3: Antibiotics partnering by technology type in biopharma industry since 2009










Source: Current Agreements, 2014

According to the Current Agreements life science deals and alliance database, antibiotics partnering commonly takes place for the infectives therapeutic area with 181 deals signed since 2009.

Figure 4: Antibiotics partnering by disease type in biopharma industry since 2009


















Source: Current Agreements, 2014

The following figure shows the leading antibiotics deals by headline value of the deal when announced between 2009 and April 2014.

Figure 5: Antibiotics partnering by deal value  in biopharma industry - 2009-2014









Source: Antibiotics Partnering Terms and Agreements report, 2014

The  Antibiotics Partnering Terms and Agreements report published by Current Partnering provides full details of over 140 antibiotics partnering deals announced since 2008 and includes average deal terms including headline, upfront, milestone and royalty rates, where available. In addition, the report provides details of deals broken down by deal type, stage of development, company A-Z and technology type. More details here


The above information has been abstracted from the following resources:

Shamini Thiagarajan



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