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Bioinformatics: recent life science partnering trend analysis

Posted on 08 October 2014

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The bioinformatics partnering deal trend analysis 2009 to 2014 are reviewed in this article.

With continuous advancements in the field of information technology, computer science and software engineering, bioinformatics has gained tremendous growth in the field of applied biotechnology.

Bioinformatics is the application of computer science and information technology to the field of biology and medicine.

Bioinformatics deals with algorithms, databases and information systems, web technologies, artificial intelligence and soft computing, information and computation theory, software engineering, data mining, image processing, modeling and simulation, signal processing, discrete mathematics, control and system theory, circuit theory, and statistics, for generating new knowledge of biology and medicine, and improving & discovering new models of computation (e.g. DNA computing, neural computing, evolutionary computing, immuno-computing, swarm-computing, cellular-computing).

According to the Current Agreements life science deals and alliance database, around 1,500 bioinformatics partnering deals were made since 2009.

The following figure shows bioinformatics partnering frequency since 2009 to August 2014.

Figure 1: Bioinformatics partnering since 2009








Source: Current Agreements, 2014

Within dealmaking, bioinformatics partnering has been fairly consistent with an average of 305 deals announced in the past five years.

In 2010, over 380 bioinformatics partnering deals were being reported, the highest for a single year.

According to the database Current Agreements, big pharma companies are quite active as are research tools or medical devices companies in signing deals involving bioinformatics assets. A recent example to cite here would be the deal where UCB awarded a $6.1 million in contract to Emerson Process Management to provide integrated process automation and operation management systems for a biopharmaceutical production center in Switzerland – see full deal at Current Agreements.

We have been able to gather the most active bioinformatics assets dealmakers, enabling one to identify and partner with the successful leader in this industry.

Figure 2: Active bioinformatics dealmaking activity- 2009-2014











Source: Current Agreements, 2014

With the growing dependence on software tools in developing technology for diagnostics and drug delivery, bioinformatics deals can have a very high value.

The figure below gives a summary of the top 3 bioinformatics deals signed since 2009, all of which has a deal value of $20bn.

 Figure 3: Top bioinformatics deals by value since 2009












Source: Current Agreements, 2014

The therapy area where bioinformatics deals are mainly focused around is hospital care with around 229 deals. Hospitals require several software tools to monitor and test diagnosis and treatments and hence partners with academics and medical device companies.

Other therapeutic focus areas in bioinformatics partnering are in oncology, cardiovascular and CNS.

Figure 4: Bioinformatics partnering by therapeutic area since 2009



















Source: Current Agreements, 2014

The  Bioinformatics Partnering Terms and Agreements report published by Current Partnering provides full details of over 1,500 bioinformatics deals announced since 2009 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

There is a huge expectation in the advancement and development of bioinformatics . It would be interesting to witness the deal making activity and trends in this sector in the coming years.


The above information has been abstracted from the following resources:

Shamini Thiagarajan



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