Global Drug Discovery Market | Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2018-2023)
Global Drug Discovery Market - Segmented by Type of Power Source, Product, and Application - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)


MAR 2018

Global Drug Discovery Market - Segmented by Type of Power Source, Product, and Application - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

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The global drug discovery market is expected to register a CAGR of approximately 8.0% during the forecast period, of 2018-2023. Due to the favorable regulatory framework by the governments in the region, North America dominates the market.

Rise in Technology Advancements and Innovations

In the recent past, drug discovery has evolved significantly with emerging technologies, helping the process to become more refined, accurate, and less time consuming. Due to automation, multi-detector readers, imaging hardware and software, high-throughput screening is one of the most widely used drug discovery technologies. There are several other evolving technologies, such as mass spectroscopy, protein and nucleic acid isolation, proteomics, RNAi, nanotechnology, and others, which contribute to advancements and innovations in drug discovery. The pharmaceutical and biotech companies are increasing their collaboration with contract development and manufacturing organizations, thus playing a crucial role in the development and innovation of new drugs.

Other factors contributing to the growth of this market are - rising prevalence of a wide range of diseases (such as cardiovascular and CNS-related disorders), rising healthcare expenditure, and upcoming patent expiration of blockbuster drugs.

Huge Capital Investment with Low Profit Margins

Every drug discovery and development requires a significant investment and involves long time frames, which often lead to lower profit margins for the companies, by the time a drug is marketed. The excessive cost can also be attributed to the high rate of a drug candidate’s failure, between initial drug discovery process to clinical trial phases, which restricts the growth of this market. Apart from that, there are strict regulatory approval processes across each region, which follow rigid mechanisms, thus impeding this market.

North America to Dominate the Market

The global drug discovery market has been segmented by drug type, technology, service, end user, and geography. By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.

Geographically, North America is the most lucrative region in the market, due to the presence of a high number of top pharmaceutical and biotech companies in this region. The favorable regulatory framework and encouraging regulatory policies for investors to research and develop new drugs augment the growth of this market. Other factors, such as high-income population and healthy returns on investments for innovative technologies, are integral to the above factors. Asia-Pacific is expected to register a healthy growth rate, due to rising disposable incomes, economic growth, and increasing investment by the regional pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

Key Developments in the Market

  • January 2018 - Merck launched Zinplava (bezlotoxumab) in the United Kingdom, for the prevention of recurrence of Clostridium difficile infection in adults, at a substantial risk of recurrence of CDI.
  • January 2018 - BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc. planned for a definitive merger agreement to develop drugs for patients with rare diseases.
  • January 2018 - AstraZeneca and Imperial College London collaborated to investigate biological drivers for respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The major key players are - Pfizer Inc., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Merck & Co. Inc., Agilent Technologies Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Bayer AG, Abbott Laboratories Inc., AstraZeneca PLC, and Shimadzu Corp., amongst others.

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1. Introduction

                1.1 Market Definition

2. Research Methodology

3. Executive Summary

4. Key Inferences

5. Market Overview

                5.1 Current Market Scenario

                5.2 Porters Five Forces Analysis

                                5.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

                                5.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

                                5.2.3 Threats of New Entrants

                                5.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

                                5.2.5 Competitive Rivalry within the Industry

6. Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Challenges Analysis (DROC)

                6.1 Market Drivers

                                6.1.1 Increasing Prevalence of a Diverse Range of Diseases

                                6.1.2 Technological Advancements and Innovations

                                6.1.3 Increasing Healthcare Expenditure

                                6.1.4 Patent Expiration of Blockbuster Drugs

                6.2 Market Restraints

                                6.2.1 Huge Capital Investment with Low Profit Margins

                                6.2.2 Stringent Government Regulations

                6.3 Opportunities

                6.4 Challenges

7. Market Segmentation

                7.1 By Drug Type

                                7.1.1 Small Molecule Drug

                                7.1.2 Biologics Drug

                7.2 By Technology

                                7.2.1 High Throughput Screening

                                7.2.2 Biochips

                                7.2.3 Bioinformatics

                                7.2.4 Pharmacogenomics and Pharmacogenetics

                                7.2.5 Combinatorial Chemistry

                                7.2.6 Nanotechnology

                                7.2.7 Spectroscopy

                                7.2.8 Metabolomics

                                7.2.9 Other Technologies

                7.3 By Service

                                7.3.1 Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) Services

                                7.3.2 Pharmaceutical Services

                                7.3.3 Chemical Services

                                7.3.4 Biological Services

                7.4 By End User

                                7.4.1 Research Institutes

                                7.4.2 Pharmaceutical Companies

                                7.4.3 Biotechnology Companies

                                7.4.4 Other End Users

                7.5 By Geography

                                7.5.1 North America

                                       United States



                                7.5.2 Europe



                                       United Kingdom



                                       Rest of Europe

                                7.5.3 Asia-Pacific




                                       Australia & New Zealand

                                       South Korea

                                       Rest of Asia-Pacific

                                7.5.4 Middle East & Africa


                                       South Africa

                                       Rest of Middle East & Africa

                                7.5.5 South America



                                       Rest of South America

8. Competitive Landscape

                8.1 Merger & Acquisition Analysis

                8.2 Agreements, Collaborations, and Partnerships

                8.3 New Product Launches

9. Key Players

                9.1 Pfizer Inc.

                9.2 GlaxoSmithKline LLC

                9.3 Merck & Co. Inc.

                9.4 Agilent Technologies Inc.

                9.5 Eli Lilly and Company

                9.6 F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd

                9.7 Bayer AG

                9.8 Abbott Laboratories Inc.

                9.9 AstraZeneca PLC

                9.10 Shimadzu Corp.

                9.11 Others

10. Outlook of the Global Drug Discovery Market

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