The world`s top five biotechnology companies in 2013 were Novo Nordisk, Amgen, Gilead Sciences, Celgene and Biogen Idec, as ranked by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. In 2012, Fast Company named Life Technologies, Genentech, Bug Agentes Biologicos, Amyris and Diagnostics For All as the most innovative biotech companies.
Novo Nordisk has a biopharmaceuticals branch that deals with growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy, and a diabetes care branch that covers insulin, protein-related products, obesity and oral anti-diabetic drugs. Amgen focuses on pioneering and delivering human therapeutics with a focus on serious illnesses such as cancer, bone disease and kidney disease. Bug Agentes Biologicos mass-produces wasps that act as natural pesticides by attacking pests, therefore replacing chemical pesticides.