While 2020 is certainly a hard year to beat, 2021 has so far recorded a respectable amount of biopharma deals and is on track to exceed every other year. The number this year, including licensings, collaborations and joint ventures, is trailing 2020 by only 3%. BioWorld has recorded 1,447 deals valued at $131.75 billion in 2021 vs. 1,488 worth $141.56 billion last year. That puts 2021 about 7% behind 2020 on deal values.
With one completed med-tech merger ranking within the BioWorld Top 10 list for highest value, and two others set to join the list in coming months, 2021 is turning out to be the strongest M&A year for the industry to date.
Continuing an upward trajectory, BioWorld’s Drug Developers Index (BDDI) has climbed more than 10% since the start of this year, following sharp drops at the end of March and May. Shares began to rebound in June and the index has shown a steady incline, similar with the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which is currently up 12%.