Valutech, with the assistance of Dr. Takao Yukawa of Quality Quest Australia Pty. Ltd., has developed a database of over 700 Australian biotechnology companies and research institutes in English and Japanese as well as a database of around 2,200 Japanese biotechnology companies and start ups.
A sample database entry for Australian companies can be viewed.
Valutech has also undertaken a review of listed biotechnology companies in 2004 to 2012 and the results are summarised separately.
The database has formed the basis of statistics on the Australian biotechnology industry of which the key findings are:
Victoria has the largest number of companies followed by New South Wales then Queensland
Human Health Sector is the main sector followed by Equipment and Services and Agriculture
Companies formed in two waves, 1985-1989 and 1999-2002. Around 20 companies being established annually currently.
Listed companies have the same geographical spread as total biotechnology companies, but there is a preponderance of human health and equipment companies.
Listed companies in biotechnology were mainly established in mid 80s and late 90s.
Cash burn rates are high and cash reserves low with expectation of significant consolidation in industry in the near future.
Approximately 40% of companies have less than 5 employees and 76% have less than 30.