The pharmaceutical sector is one of the most important sectors as it is not creating revenue in billion & supporting an economy of the particular company but this sector is highly responsible for the healthcare of mankind.
These pharmaceutical companies are also directly or indirectly connected with cure of disorders like Cancer, HIV, hepatitis C etc as these companies research and development department develops most effective medicines to eliminate above disorders. So here, the list of top ten best pharma companies 2018 which plays the vital role for the welfare of the humankind.
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- 10. Gilead Sciences| USA| Revenue: $24.474 billion
- 9. Bayer AG| Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany| revenue: $25.47 billion
- 8. AstraZeneca plc| UK| Revenue: $26.095 billion
- 7. GlaxoSmithKline| UK | Pharmaceuticals, Generics and Vaccines
- 6. Merck & Co. Inc.| USA| Revenue:$42.237 billion
- 5. Sanofi| France| Revenue: $43.07 billion
- 4. Pfizer| New York, United States | Revenue: $49.605 billion
- 3. Roche Holding AG | Basel, Switzerland| Revenue: $49.86 billion
- 2. Novartis AG| Switzerland| Revenue: $57.996 billion
- 1. Johnson & Johnson| USA| Revenue: $74.331 billion
10. Gilead Sciences| USA| Revenue: $24.474 billion
Gilead Sciences is an American bio pharmaceutical multinational company which is known for developing antivirals and other biotech products as well. Their portfolio generally includes drugs for the liver disease, cancer, HIV/ AIDS and cardiovascular disease. Though they are quite popular in the market for their hepatitis C killer drug, Sovaldi. The company was founded by Michael L. Riordan on June 1987 in Foster City, California, The United States and having their HQ in Foster City.
9. Bayer AG| Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany| revenue: $25.47 billion
A multinational German pharmaceutical, chemical, and life science company were founded by Friedrich Bayer and Johann Friedrich Weskott around 153 years ago on 1st April 1863. The HQ of the company is located in Leverkusen, Germany but their products are distributed worldwide which includes products for various medical treatments such as pulmonary arterial hypertension drug Adempas, Xofigo, eye medicine Eylea, cancer drugs Stivarga and anticoagulant Xarelto. Moreover, they are one of the known suppliers of the agriculture chemicals with other 500 other healthcare and chemical products.
8. AstraZeneca plc| UK| Revenue: $26.095 billion
A British-Swedish multinational bio-pharmaceutical and Pharmaceutical company is known for their range of its products in various sector of medicine such as inflammation, respiratory disease, neurological disorders, cancer, gastrointestinal infection and cardiovascular disease. While their best selling products belong various medical treatments such as oncology therapies, heartburn pill Nexium, asthma therapy Symbicort and cholesterol treatment Crestor. The HQ of the company is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom and with help of 55,000 employees they are serving across the globe.
7. GlaxoSmithKline| UK | Pharmaceuticals, Generics and Vaccines
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited was founded in 1924 making it most experienced biotech and one of the world’s top research based health management and pharmaceutical companies in the world. They have the wide range of products which provide service in medical fields such as gynecology, oncology, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, dermatology, & anti-infectives. Moreover, they are providing vaccinations for chickenpox, infections, tetanus, rota- virus, asthma, influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, disease, and cervical cancer. The company had total revenues of USD $36,566 million in 2015 out of which $5441 million USD invested for research and development in the same year. The company has a growing market in Japan and India.
6. Merck & Co. Inc.| USA| Revenue:$42.237 billion
Merck & Co inc is known for its cancer killer Keytruda drug which is one of the six drugs that received FDA approval along with approvals for insomnia treatment Belsomra and Zerbaxa & Cubist product approved to treat hospital-acquired infections. According to one report of 2014, Merck’s research department brought out more new drugs compared to any other company in the world. Merck & Co is quite popular in medical students with their best-selling reference book series The Merck Manuals.
5. Sanofi| France| Revenue: $43.07 billion
One of the largest French profession pharmaceutical company with whopping revenue of $43.07 Billion US dollar. The company is known for its prescription and over the counter (OTC) medicines in therapeutic fields such as vaccines, thrombosis, cardiovascular, internal medicine, central nervous system, and diabetes. While the Lantus, a Diabetes killer has the largest share of the company’s total turnover. The Sanofi group was founded by Jean-François Dehecq and Jean-René Sautier and they are currently holding largest(110,000) number of employee to provide their service across the globe.
4. Pfizer| New York, United States | Revenue: $49.605 billion
World’s fourth largest pharmaceutical company which is quite popular for its bio pharma products including medicines for various medical fields of cardiology, oncology & immunology. Their generics and bio similar products has noticed considerable growth in sell after acquiring the sterile injectables company Hospira in a $17 billion. The company was founded by Charles Pfizer in 1849 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. With more than 96,000 employees, the company is having research headquarters in Groton, Connecticut and pharmaceutical corporation headquartered in New York City, USA.
3. Roche Holding AG | Basel, Switzerland| Revenue: $49.86 billion
Switzerland’s second largest and world’s third largest pharmaceutical company is known for their unique diagnostic solutions and top tier diagnostic equipment. The company is also quite popular for their best selling drugs such as Xeloda, Herceptin, Avastin and cancer treatments MebThera. Moreover, A new strategy by Roche for cervical cancer prevention is the best solution available today, especially for females. The company was founded by Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche and currently operated in two sections called Roche Pharmaceutical and Roche Diagnostics with the help of more than 95,000 employees across the globe.
2. Novartis AG| Switzerland| Revenue: $57.996 billion
With the revenue of $54.996 billion USD Novartis AG is ranked second on the list of the top pharmaceutical company. Novartis is the largest pharmaceutical company in Switzerland and specialised in biological therapies( Gleevec for cancer and Gilenya for multiple sclerosis). The company is comprised of many divisions such as eye care, biosimilars, generics & prescription pharmaceuticals, with more than 140 laboratories and 100,000 employees across the globe. The company is world’s second largest pharmaceutical company with wide range of health care solutions and research & Development for the future.
1. Johnson & Johnson| USA| Revenue: $74.331 billion
The household name Johnson and Johnson top the list of top pharmaceutical company in the world as it is the Second oldest and most experienced company. J & J aka Johnson and Johnson was founded in WoodnJohnson I, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson in 1886. Currently, the company is offering the wide range of health products which includes Soaps, face washes, talcum powder, moreover, Johnson & Johnson has over 182 marketed drugs in various medical sectors of digestive conditions, hepatitis C & arthritis. The company is offering their service for wide range of healthcare products across the globe. Johnsons and Johnsons are quite popular for their baby healthcare products in the USA and other Asian countries.
There are many other pharmaceutical companies such as Zydus Cadila, Siemens, and Thermo fisher which also contributed for the well fare of mankind. But above-listed companies are best in terms of research, employment, turnover, and area of service offering which is worldwide. These companies are also responsible for eliminating half of the most dangerous disorders. These companies are the real catalyst that is fuelling the next phase of the human era.