Market Insights: Oligonucleotide Synthesis to Hit $19.7 Billion by 2029

Oligonucleotide Synthesis Market

The global oligonucleotide synthesis market is projected to reach USD 19.7 billion by 2029 from USD 8.8 billion in 2024, at a CAGR of 17.5% during the forecast period. The increased demand for oligonucleotide-based drugs like ASOs and siRNAs to treat various neurological and rare disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) drives market growth.

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By product, synthesized oligonucleotides held the second-largest share of the oligonucleotide synthesis market in 2023. The demand for synthesized oligos is increasing due to growing applications of oligonucleotides in various therapeutic, research, and diagnostic applications. Oligo-based drugs is a growing market. Moreover, oligonucleotides are used as probes and primers in PCR and qPCR reactions, DNA sequencing, next-generation sequencing (NGS), fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), development of nucleic acid-based microarrays for pathogen detection and screening, genetic disorder identification, the study of DNA protein interactions, gene expression, gene cloning, library construction, and mutation analysis.

Based on applications, the oligonucleotide synthesis market is segmented into therapeutic, research, and diagnostic applications. In 2023, the therapeutic applications segment accounted for the fastest-growing segment of the oligonucleotide synthesis market. The increasing applications of oligos as therapeutic agents (such as antisense oligos and siRNA) used in treating neurological and rare disorders are expected to drive market growth. Ongoing research to expand this therapeutic potential of oligo-based drugs to common diseases such as cardiovascular disorders will further boost the oligonucleotide therapeutic market.

By end user, the pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies accounted for the second-largest share of the oligonucleotide synthesis market in 2023. The use of oligonucleotide synthesis products in drug discovery & development and biotech research is attributed to the market growth. Also, pharmaceutical & biotechnology companies are investing in research activities to develop nucleic-based therapies to combat new diseases such as cardiovascular disorders. 

The oligonucleotide synthesis market is divided into North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. North America, comprising the US and Canada, is the largest regional segment in the oligonucleotide synthesis market. The large share of the North American market is due to substantial government funding for research and development of oligonucleotide-based therapies, the presence of major players in this market segment, and growing awareness about alternative medicines among the population.

Europe held the second-largest share of the market globally. Growth in the European market can be attributed to factors such as the presence of a large number of academic and research institutes in the region, such as Harvard, growing investments by key market players, and increasing focus on R&D activities.

Key players in the market include Danaher Corporation (US), Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (US), Merck KGaA (Germany), Eurofins Scientific (Luxembourg), LGC Limited (UK), Agilent Technologies, Inc. (US), Kaneka Corporation (Japan), Maravai Lifesciences Holdings, Inc. (US), Azenta, Inc. (US), Twist Bioscience Corporation (US) and Genscript Biotech Corporation (US). Prominent players in the oligonucleotide-based drugs (therapeutic applications) market are Biogen Inc. (US), Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (US), Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. (US), Astrazeneca (UK), Astellas Pharma Inc. (Japan), Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc (Ireland), Nippon Shinyaku, Co. Ltd. (Japan), Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (US) and Novartis AG (Switzerland).

Recent Developments of Oligonucleotide Synthesis Industry:

In November 2023, LCG Biosearch Technologies, a business unit of LGC Limited, acquired PolyDesign to enhance its oligonucleotide synthesis capabilities using PolyDesign’s frit technology.

In October 2023, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, opened its therapeutic oligonucleotide manufacturing facility in Coralville, Iowa. This facility will produce reagents for cGMP cell & gene therapy, including single-guide RNAs and HDR donor oligos.