Drug Discovery Market Size

Statistics for the 2023 & 2024 Drug Discovery market size, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Drug Discovery size report includes a market forecast to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry size analysis as a free report PDF download.

Market Size of Drug Discovery Industry

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Drug Discovery Market Summary
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 100.10 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 137.72 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 6.59 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

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Drug Discovery Market Analysis

The Drug Discovery Market size is estimated at USD 100.10 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 137.72 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.59% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the health systems of various countries rapidly invested in research and development to combat the virus. Potential compounds were screened from the CHEMBL, ZINC, FDA-approved drugs, and molecules under clinical trials. Research groups worldwide have identified drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 by screening both novel and existing drugs for their ability to alleviate symptoms and stop viral replication. Thus, the drug discovery market was positively impacted due to the urge to find a cure for COVID-19. Furthermore, post the pandemic, there is a rise in investments in different modalities of drug development, such as gene and cell therapies for both COVID-19 diseases and other novel diseases, which is expected to impact the market's growth as per the analysis positively. Furthermore, the research for developing antiviral drugs for COVID-19 is still in progress. For instance, in May 2022, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) awarded approximately USD 577 million to establish nine Antiviral Drug Discovery (AViDD) Centers for Pathogens of Pandemic Concern. The AViDD centers will carry out creative, interdisciplinary research to create candidate COVID-19 antivirals, particularly those that can be used outside of a hospital setting, as well as antivirals that target particular viral families with a high potential to trigger a pandemic in the future. Such grants are expected to drive the drug discovery market's growth post-pandemic.

The propelling factors for the growth of the drug discovery market include the rising burden of a wide range of diseases (such as cardiovascular and CNS-related disorders), rising healthcare expenditure, and the upcoming patent expiration of blockbuster drugs.

Cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, diabetes, and kidney-related complications are highly prevalent worldwide. According to key facts about cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) published by the WHO in June 2021, CVDs are the leading cause of death globally, representing around 32% of all global deaths. CVD remains the leading cause of death and disability and remains highly complicated, costly, and burdensome. Moreover, new strategies are required to streamline and reduce the costs of clinical trials while placing greater importance on the patient experience and voice. Thus, the increasing burden of a diverse range of diseases among all age groups and its burden globally drive the demand for drug discovery and its market.

Furthermore, there has been an upsurge in the usage of advanced technologies, such as high-throughput process development, bioinformatics, and combinatorial chemistry, for better drug candidate identification. Drug discovery has evolved significantly with emerging technologies, helping the process become more refined, accurate, and time-efficient. The adoption of artificial intelligence systems in disease diagnostics and treatment design is growing, and this is expected to witness robust growth in the coming years. For instance, in March 2020, Existencia, an AI-based drug discovery company, entered a collaborative agreement with Diamond Light Source and Scripps Research to identify COVID-19 antiviral therapies. Thus, these factors are anticipated to contribute to the market's growth over the forecast period.

However, the huge capital investment, low-profit margins, and stringent drug discovery regulations are expected to hinder the market growth.

Drug Discovery Market Size - Industry Report on Share, Growth Trends & Forecasts Analysis (2024 - 2029)