Software development for biotechnology companies can take a few forms,
but most of it would fall under the term 'bioinformatics'. (1)
Instrumentation software is another type used by biotech companies,
but is usually hardware-specific to the instrument. Based on your
question, I've provided more information towards bioinformatics, but
many of these sites can provide information on instrumentation
companies and products available.
An excellent web resource is Bio.com, which seems to have everything
you're looking for: bioinformatics information, market reports,
research and market news, and best of all it's free. It appears to be
updated regularly, and each subsection (including bioinformatics) has
its own archive of features and news.
A series of market reports on bioinformatics software:
If you're willing to subscribe to a journal, the "Biotech Software &
Internet Report" could be helpful. The journal claims to contain
"news and reviews of all areas of scientific computing, including
software, hardware, and network products." BS&IR is only available
Biotech Software & Internet Report
You can look over a free issue of BS&IR here:
Biotech.bout.com is another good resource with plenty of biotech
information, regular updates, current biotech news, and subsections on
and IT in biotech, in general (http://biotech.about.com/cs/it/). It
doesn't look as in-depth as Bio.com, but should have useful
About.com on Biotech / Biomedical
Biotechfind.com is a biotech-specific search engine, indexing hundreds
of biotech companies and suppliers. The Bioinformatics section will
return a few hundred companies. Its somewhat overwhelming on its own,
but could be useful to search for specific products or companies
mentioned in other sources.
Biotechfind.com Search Engine
Biotechnology Information Directory - Software
A more research-oriented website, with directories of Biotechnology
software resources on the web.
Another general biotech website, somewhat more cluttered to navigate
and doesn't separate bioinformatics from other areas of biotech.
Still, it seems to hold a lot of information.
Bioinformatics Law Resources
A list of web resources pertaining to bioinformatics in law. Possibly
useful if you intend to form a company, or deal with software patents.
biotech software trends
biotech software "market analysis"
(1)TechTarget.com - definition of "bioinformatics"