A mega-deal and high-money buyouts may have given a boost to BioWorld’s Drug Developers Index in October, but safety issues, money troubles and failed trials continue to hold stocks down. Compared with the broader markets, drug development companies are showing the same ups and downs, influenced by rising inflation and a struggling economy, as well as uncertainties caused by war, the COVID-19 pandemic and politics.
Despite coming out strong earlier this year, biopharma deals have slowed significantly, with values now falling behind 2021 by 7.6%. In August, deals were ahead of all recent years, showing a 7% increase over last year. Through early November, the industry has completed 1,296 deals, including licensings, joint ventures and collaborations, valued at $154.6 billion.
Biopharma financings in 2022 are now tracking 12% higher than the pre-pandemic year of 2019, but they still pale in comparison with each of the last two years, both of which were standout years by every measure.
While weekly global and U.S. confirmed cases of COVID-19 are below each of the last two years, infectious disease experts remain on guard. There are still about 1,500 people dying around the world each day, including 350 in the U.S., and the SARS-CoV-2 virus may continue to find ways to outmaneuver current treatments and vaccines.