Overview of This Study:
This market research study involved the extensive use of secondary sources, directories, and databases to identify and collect information useful for this technical, market-oriented, and financial study of the global drug discovery services market.
In-depth interviews were conducted with various primary respondents, including key industry participants, subject-matter experts (SMEs), C-level executives of key market players, and industry consultants, among other experts, to obtain and verify critical qualitative and quantitative information and to assess market prospects. The size of the drug discovery services market was estimated through various secondary research approaches and triangulated with inputs from primary research to arrive at the final market size.
Major Growth Driver: Growing R&D expenditure in the pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical industry
R&D activity has grown significantly in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. In 2017, the pharmaceutical industry alone spent USD 149.8 billion on R&D (Source: International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations). Also, pharmaceutical companies spend, on average, 17% of their revenue on R&D.
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Pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device companies invest heavily in the development of novel drugs and devices, with most of the expenditure concentrated on phase III and the preclinical stages of drug development. Growth in R&D expenditure, fueled by the need for numerous preclinical and clinical services during the drug discovery and development process, is one of the major factors propelling the drug discovery services market, globally.
According to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Annual Membership Survey (2018), the R&D expenditure of PhRMA members increased to USD 71.4 billion in 2017 from USD 59.6 billion in 2015. Further increases in R&D spending in the coming years will provide a significant boost to drug discovery and development activities, which will ensure the growth of the drug discovery services market in the forecast period.
Expected Revenue Growth:
The global Drug Discovery Process Market size is projected to reach USD 21.4 billion by 2025 from USD 11.1 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 14.0% during the forecast period.
Market Size Estimation:
The market size estimates and forecasts provided in this study are derived through a mix of the bottom-up approach (revenue share analysis of leading players) and top-down approach (assessment of utilization/adoption/penetration trends, by process, type, drug type, therapeutic area, company type, and region).
# In 2020, Covance entered into a partnership with Medable to expedite the adoption of decentralized trial technology.
# In 2020, Eurofins entered into partnership with PharmaResources (China). This partnership enabled both companies to build a joint drug discovery platform to accelerate small molecule drug development.
# In 2020, LabCorp launched its extensive preclinical, clinical, and post-approval cell and gene therapy development solutions through Covance, its drug development business.
# In 2020, WuXi AppTec Research Service Division and BioSolveIT launched GalaXi, a new chemical space of tangible molecules.
# In 2020, Charles River acquired HemaCare to strengthen its Research Models Services segment through Hemacare’s broad range of human primary cell and cell processing services that support the discovery and development of cell therapies.
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Geographical Growth Scenario:
North America accounted for largest share of the drug discovery services market in 2019.
Based on the region, the global drug discovery services market is segmented into North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. In 2019, North America accounted for the largest share of the drug discovery services market. The large share of this market segment can be attributed majorly to the presence of well-established CROs, rising R&D expenditure by pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical companies, and the availability of latest techniques, instruments, and facilities for drug discovery research.
The major players operating in Drug Discovery Process Market Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (US), Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (US), Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (US), Evotec A.G. (Germany), Eurofins Scientific (Luxembourg), WuXi AppTec (China), GenScript Biotech Corporation (China), Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. (US), Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (US), Syngene International Ltd. (India), and Selvita S.A. (Poland) among others.